Weitzman News

Posted June 2, 2016
  • Proposal for NYC Aquarium and Public Waterfront by PennDesign Dean-designate Fritz Steiner and Merroir

Reimagining the Aquarium, Transportation Thought Leaders, Architecture in the Media

Recent PennDesign Faculty and Alumni Honors

The work of Merroir, a four-part team that includes PennDesign Dean-designate Fritz Steiner, was recently selected as third place winner of the NYC Aquarium and Public Waterfront international open ideas competition. Its proposal envisions the twenty-first century aquarium not as a collection of animals behind glass but rather a series of experiences and encounters with an estuary as a dynamic living system.

Megan Ryerson, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, was named one of the Top 10 Transportation Thought Leaders in Academia. In assembling the list, Eno Transportation Weekly partnered with the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) to celebrate the legacy of Aaron Gellman, who died earlier this year after serving for more than two decades as an adjunct professor at the University.

Daniel A. Barber, Assistant Professor of Architecture, recently received a grant from Graham Foundation to further his research exploring the relationship between architecture and the emergence of global environmental culture across the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the role of media and technology in these developments.

In exploring how captions influence the way in which we read photographs, the Canadian Centre for Architecture invited architects, photographers, scholars, artists and writers to submit a letter about their idea on captioning, along with a caption of their own creation. Francesca Russello Ammon, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, was recently chosen as Mellon Researcher for the project.

Alumnus Jared Edgar McKnight (PPD’12) is the recipient of the 2016 AIA National Associates Award. The organization’s highest honor for an individual recognizes civic leadership and commitment to the association’s regional efforts.

Brooklyn-based alumnus Benjamin Cadena (MArch’00) has been named one of six winners of New Practices New York, a biennial competition, sponsored by AIA NY.