Landscape Architecture

Composite of several satellite photos from Australia to Morocco
For his contribution to this year’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition -  La Biennale di Venezia, Weitzman’s Richard Weller and his team designed the World Park, a global network of ecologically restored lands to support the migration of numerous species responding to climate change. Contiguous hiking trails linking the tracts also enable people to “walk the world.” A second project reveals the dire threat to endangered species and their habitats posed by the largest and fastest growing cities (so-called “hotspots”). Starting today, you don’t have to visit the Biennale to experience the proposals, as both have their own websites: and
A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation book cover
Tens of millions of Americans are at risk from sea level rise, increased tidal flooding, and intensifying storms.
Madeleine Ghillany-Lehar, a Master of Landscape Architecture student, completed a virtual externship with renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations, in January. Madeleine came from a different field before deciding to study design at Penn, so the externship helped her see how a design practice differs from other offices she has worked in. 
James Corner
Professor Emeritus James Corner (MLA‘86), the renowned landscape architect and urban designer who is founder and CEO at James Corner Field Operations, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Corner is the fifth Penn-affiliated architect elected to the Academy, widely considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.
Plan of southeast Philadelphia site showing location of urban farm system and public spaces.
A team of Master of City Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture students at Weitzman won an Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award from Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design. Asked to reimagine the 1300-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery site located along the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, the winning students proposed re-imagining the site as the hub for vertical farming and a food share system, new transit connections, and outdoor recreation spaces.
Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Jamaal Green
Pietrusko is expected to join the Department of Landscape Architecture as an associate professor on the tenure track beginning January 1, 2022, and Green the Department of City and Regional Planning as an assistant professor on the tenure track beginning on July 1, 2022. Green joined Weitzman as a postdoctoral fellow in 2020 and will continue in that role through the upcoming academic year.
Rendering of a community set next to the water
The 2021 World Landscape Architecture Awards were recently announced and a project by PEG office o
PORT co-founders, Andrew Moddrell and Chris Marcinkoski
Last week, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced the contributors selected for its 2021 edition, The Available City.
Keke Huang, a Master of Landscape Architecture student, completed a virtual externship with Interface Studio LLC, a Philadelphia-based planning and urban design practice, in January. Her experience gave her a sense of how important work environment, office atmosphere, and project types being taken on are when looking for a firm to work in.
Billy Fleming, the Wilks Family Director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, will deliver the keynote address at the 2021 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Annual Conference. His talk, "Design in the Time of Crisis: Landscape, Climate Politics, and the Green New Deal," will take place virtually on the opening day of the conference, Wednesday, March 17.
Ferda Kolatan and Nick Pevzner
The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design congratulates Ferda Kolatan and Nicholas Pevzner on joining the standing faculty: Kolatan as associate professor in the Department of Architecture, and Nicholas Pevzner as assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.