Weitzman News

Posted September 1, 2021

Weitzman Announces Fall 2021 Lecture Series

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Fall 2021 Lecture Series brings together distinguished architects, landscape architects, artists, geographers, historians, preservationists, planners, and data scientists who are actively re-shaping the built environment and visual culture. The series begins on Wednesday, September 15, with a book launch for Strange Objects, New Solids and Massive Things, which explores the work of Archi-Tectonics, the firm founded by Miller Professor and Chair of Architecture Winka Dubbeldam.

The series includes a two-day symposium on the preservation of Civil Rights sites, as well as lectures on how climate change is affecting the growth of vegetation, how existing buildings save carbon, and how user experience is informing the redesign of signage for the Philadelphia region’s transit system.

Among the scheduled speakers:

  • Fallon Aidoo, Jean Brainard Boebel Endowed Professor of Historic Preservation, University of New Orleans
  • Lee Mingwei, Interdisciplinary Artist
  • Leslie Richards (MRP‘93), General Manager, SEPTA, Lecturer in City and Regional Planning
  • Kate Thomas, K. Laurence Stapleton Professor and Chair of English, Bryn Mawr College

 
Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for visitors at in-person events. Unless noted otherwise, lectures take place at Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia.
 
Please note that Penn requires that masks be worn indoors in public and shared spaces by all persons, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors must be fully vaccinated at the time of the event and will be asked to attest to this as they register.
 
Information is subject to change; please visit www.design.upenn.edu/calendar for program details.

Select lectures are eligible for continuing education credit. Contact the presenting department or center for more information.

Wednesday, September 15, 6:30pm
Book launch for Strange Objects, New Solids, Massive Forms: Archi-Tectonics  
Winka Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and Chair of Architecture, Founding Partner of Archi-Tectonics
Presented by the Department of Architecture
 
Thursday, September 16, 12:00pm
“What Matters for Electrification? Evidence from 70 Years of U.S. Home Heating Choices”
Lucas Davis, Kleinman Center Visiting Scholar
Presented online by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
 
Thursday, September 16, 6:00pm
“Lesbian Landscapes in Fin-de-Siècle Italy”
Kate Thomas, K. Laurence Stapleton Professor and Chair of English, Bryn Mawr College
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture
 
Wednesday, September 22, 6:30pm
The Jeffrey Fine, C‘76, M.Arch‘78 and Andrea Katz Lecture
Felecia Davis, Associate Professor of Architecture, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Presented by the Department of Architecture
 
Wednesday, September 29, 5:00pm
Dana Tomlin: A Celebration of a Life Visualizing Complex Information
Hosted by Fritz Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor
Presented online
 
Wednesday September 29, 6:30pm
Ferda Kolatan, Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture
Georgina Huljich, Lecturer in Architecture, Principal of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Marcelo Spina, Principal of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Presented by the Department of Architecture
 
Wednesday, October 6, 5:00pm
“How Existing Buildings Save Carbon, Build Community, and Support Equity”
Larry Strain, Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects
Presented online by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
 
Thursday, October 7, 6:00pm
“Working with Spontaneous Vegetation in a Changing Climate”
Norbert Kühn, Professor, Technische Universität Berlin
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, October 13, 6:00pm
“Putting the Eye in Transit: The Research Behind SEPTA’s New Wayfinding System”
Leslie Richards, General Manager, SEPTA, Lecturer in City and Regional Planning
Megan Ryerson, UPS Chair of Transportation and Associate Dean for Research
Lex Powers, Strategic Planning Manager, SEPTA
Camille Boggan, Research Assistant, Center for Safe Mobility, Penn
Presented as part of DesignPhiladelphia
 
Thursday, October 21, 12:00pm
“Reimaging the Corn Exchange Bank to be a Tech Nerd’s Dream”
Fon Wang, Senior Program Manager, John Milner Architects
John Carr, Principal Conservator, Materials Conservation
Morgan Gallery, Morgan Building, 205 South 34th Street
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Monday, October 25, 6:00pm
“Design for Chosen Land: Building at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in the 21st Century”
Pamela Hawkes, Professor of Practice of Historic Preservation
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
 
Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm
Book launch for Under Pressure: Essays on Urban Housing
Hina Jamelle, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Director of Urban Housing
Presented by the Department of Architecture
 
Thursday, October 28, 12:00pm
“Inequality in Bronze: Shared Authority and Collaborative Commemoration at Stenton”
Laura C. Keim, Lecturer in Historic Preservation and Stenton Curator
Morgan Gallery, Morgan Building, 205 South 34th Street
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
 
Thursday, October 28, 5:30pm
Candice Lin
Institute of Contemporary Art
118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts
 
Thursday, November 4, 12:00pm
“Capitol Colors: Paint Analysis of the Memorial Stair at the US Capitol”
Catherine Myers, Paintings and Architectural Conservator, Myers Conservation, and Lecturer in Historic Preservation
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
 
Thursday, November 4, 5:30pm
Lee Mingwei
Institute of Contemporary Art
118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts
 
Thursday, November 4, 6:00pm
“The Electropolis and Animal Life: Infrastructure in a Minor Key”
Maan Barua, University Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Cambridge
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture
 
Wednesday, November 10, 5:00pm
“What's the Diagnosis? Conservation Management Planning at Pennsylvania Hospital”
Jeff O'Neill, Senior Director of Facilities, Pennsylvania Hospital
Stacey Peeples, Curator/Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital
Michael C. Henry, Adjunct Professor of Architecture
Kecia Fong, Lecturer in Historic Preservation and Project Manager for the Center for Architectural Conservation
Starr Herr-Cardillo, Project Manager for the Center for Architectural Conservation
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
 
Thursday, November 11, 5:30pm
Fia Backstrom
Institute of Contemporary Art
118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts
 
Thursday, November 18 – Friday, November 19
“Preserving and Sustaining Civil Rights Sites”
Keynote Speakers:
Fallon Aidoo, Jean Brainard Boebel Endowed Professor of Historic Preservation, University of New Orleans
Mia Bay, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Chair in American History, Penn
Presented online by the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites
 
Thursday, December 2, 6:00pm
“Defining Landscape Architecture in the early 20th century: Race and Gender”
Thaïsa Way, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture