Landscape Architecture

A studio instructor addresses students and critics in front of a landscape rendering

David Gerard Gouverneur Malakoff, associate professor of practice, leads a review for a third-year landscape architecture studio. 

Penn earned the third spot among the “Most Admired Landscape Architecture Schools” in the 2019 edition of America’s Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools from DesignIntelligence. Penn also earned the third spot in the nation among the “Most Hired From Landscape Architecture Schools.”

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Designer and footwear industry icon Stuart Weitzman was honored in a ceremony Thursday celebrating the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. President Amy Gutmann thanked Weitzman for a “lifetime of engagement with Penn,” saying he “believes in the power of design to immeasurably improve the human experience.” 

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Award Of Excellence: Communications

Paola Antonelli is senior curator of architecture and design, and director of research and development, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. She is on a mission to introduce—and explain—design to the world. In 2015, she was recognized with an AIGA Medal for “expanding the influence of design in everyday life by sharing fresh and incisive observations and curating provocative exhibitions at MoMA.” Antonelli has been rated one of the 100 most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review and Surface Magazine, and one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time Magazine. Daniel Pittman interviewed Antonelli in New York on behalf of LA+ Journal.

As a new academic year begins, scholarship coming out of the Weitzman School is engaging a range of topics, including farmland preservation in Pennsylvania and Maryland, development in the megacities of Latin America, architectural resilience in Japan, and the socio-ecological legacy of Desig

Vroom was taking part in the ASU symposium entitled Landscape Architecture: Ecology and Design and Planninng.

We have lost the Dutch master of landscape architecture education this week. He was a member of Ian McHarg's first class of Master of Landscape Architecture graduates at Penn. 

Cover of Seeing Trees book by Sonja Dumpelmann

This fall, landscape historian Sonja Dümpelmann joined the Weitzman School as standing faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Dümpelmann’s research and writing focuses on 19th and 20th century landscape history, and contemporary landscape architecture in the Western World, with a particular focus on the urban environment in Germany, Italy, and the United States. At Weitzman, she is teaching a core class on 19th and 20th century landscape history and theory. 

A "groundbreaking journal" with "stunning visual style" and "a record of editorial excellence." These are all comments from the 2019 ASLA jury on presenting LA+ with an

Varshini Prakash on stage at Irvine Auditorium with four speakers seated behind.

Prakash spoke as part of the panel “Building Power: Bold Visions for a Green New Deal,” alongside Stephanie Kelton, Kate Aronoff, Kate Orff, Peggy Deamer, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Billy Fleming.

The September conference “Designing a Green New Deal” brought together historians, sociologists, designers, elected officials, writers and activists in order to focus attention on how a new series of landscape interventions and job-creating programs could avoid the pitfalls of the past.

Sean Burkholder in a landscape

Recently named the Andrew Gordon Assistant Professor at the Weitzman School, Sean Burkholder is working to advance the practice of landscape architecture with projects like Healthy Port Futures, an effort to improve water quality, reduce the impact of dredging, and create new wetlands around the Great Lakes

In July, the Weitzman School of Design welcomed Sonja Dümpelmann to the standing faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

This year, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Design With Nature, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design launched a new research and education center named for its legendary author, the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, along with a conference and a series of exhibitions meant to investigate McHarg’s legacy.

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