Weitzman News

Posted July 20, 2022
  • Elizabeth Delmelle is a geographer and geographic information scientist, and Daniela Fabricius is an architectural historian and theorist.

Elizabeth Delmelle and Daniela Fabricius Join Weitzman Faculty

The Weitzman School welcomes geographer and geographic information scientist Elizabeth Delmelle and architectural historian and theorist Daniela Fabricius to the standing faculty in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Architecture, respectively. 

“Professors Delmelle and Fabricius have made vital contributions to our understanding of architecture and cities in the modern era, including the factors that impede equity, and they are committed to empowering future generations of teachers and practitioners,” said Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner.

Elizabeth Delmelle is an associate professor of city and regional planning and the director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program. Her research centers on processes of neighborhood change, urban inequality, and urban transportation. To capture the multidimensionality of these subjects, her research embraces a diversity of data sources and methods including geospatial approaches, machine learning, and traditional inferential statistics. Her research has sought to uncover and map the longitudinal pathways of neighborhood change, the role of public investments like transit in spurring processes of change, and how various urban amenities, extracted from real estate advertisement text, shape residential sorting processes. Prior to Penn, Delmelle was an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she also earned her PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis. She serves as editor of the Journal of Transport Geography.

Daniela Fabricius is an assistant professor of architecture whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the political, intellectual, and aesthetic histories of 20th-century architecture and urbanism. Her research and teaching interests include postwar German architecture and politics, the history of digital design, feminist histories and theories, contemporary urbanism in the Americas, and architectural forms of social and ecological reparations. She is currently working on a book entitled The Ethics of Calculation: Architecture and Rationalism in Postwar Germany, which examines the implications and contradictions of rationalism in the context of postwar West German culture and politics. She holds a PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University, an MArch from Columbia University, and a BA in Visual Art and Comparative Literature in French and German from Brown University. Prior to Penn, she taught history and theory and thesis courses at the Pratt Institute, Cornell University, and the School of Visual Arts. She has also taught in the Department of Architecture at Penn as a lecturer.

Delmelle and Fabricius’s appointments begin with the 2022-2023 Academic Year and will be formally reviewed by the Provost and the Board of Trustees this fall.