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Press Releases

Stuart Weitzman to Speak at 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Award-winning designer and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman, the chairman emeritus of Stuart Weitzman, LLC, will speak at the Commencement Exercises of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design on Saturday, May 18. In February, Penn named the School of Design in honor of Weitzman, a 1963 graduate of the Wharton School, in recognition of both his ongoing philanthropic support of the University and his active engagement in its academic activities.
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Energy Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Receives $30 Million Gift

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania today received an anonymous $30 million gift that will support continued programming at the Center. Underscoring Penn’s commitment to energy and sustainability, the $30 million gift arrives on the heels of last week’s $50 million gift from alumni Roy (C'50, HON'99) and Diana Vagelos to build a new science center for researchers focused on energy science. This gift also follows Penn President Amy Gutmann’s 2017 announcement that Driving Energy Solutions would be one of the top priorities for the multi-year Power of Penn Campaign, currently underway.
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Design for New Tangen Hall Offers Game-Changing Student Entrepreneurship Space

The University of Pennsylvania today released architectural renderings of the design for the transformative Tangen Hall, which includes maker space for the Integrated Product Design program. The new building, made possible through a $25 million gift from the AKO Foundation on the recommendation of Wharton School alumnus Nicolai Tangen and his wife, Katja, will be Penn’s first dedicated space for cross-campus student entrepreneurship and innovation activity.
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‘Design With Nature Now’ Launches at McHarg Center

The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design today launches Design With Nature Now, a multi-platform exploration of the legacy of visionary environmental planner and landscape architect Ian L. McHarg through the efforts of individuals and collectives to mitigate the effects of climate change and other 21st-century challenges through ecological design.
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Brands Earns Inaugural McHarg Senior Design Fellowship

Bart Brands, director and founding partner of the renowned Dutch landscape architecture firm Karres en Brands, has been appointed the inaugural Ian McHarg Senior Design Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Over the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, Brands will lead a series of innovative design activities within the School and beyond.
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University of Pennsylvania Names School of Design in Recognition of Stuart Weitzman’s Lifetime Commitment and Support of Penn

The University of Pennsylvania will name its School of Design in honor of award-winning designer and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman, Wharton Class of 1963, in recognition of both his ongoing philanthropic support of the University and his active engagement in its academic activities. The new name, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, reflects Weitzman’s enduring influence in the world of design and his extraordinary support of the School.
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Penn Awards Indian Minister Top Prize in Energy Policy

Today the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania presented its fourth annual Carnot Prize for achievements in energy policy to the Honorable Piyush Goyal, India’s former minister of power and of renewables and current minister of railways and coal. 
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University of Pennsylvania School of Design Partners with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) has entered into a 5-year collaborative research agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to assist in activities leading to the study and preservation of Taliesin and Taliesin West. The partnership will allow students and faculty to engage in graduate studios, internships, seminars, and theses on topics related to the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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PennDesign Spring 2019 Lecture Series Features Pioneers in Design and the Arts

The PennDesign Spring 2019 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. The series opens on Tuesday, January 22, with a symposium on “Building Resilience by Design.” The schedule includes explorations of the history of Brutalism, the impact of climate change on historic preservation, and the cultural economy of nightlife in Philadelphia.
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LA+ Journal Announces Winners of Competition to Redesign New York’s Central Park

From a total of 193 submissions competing for a share of $20,000 in prize money and feature publication in LA+, the jury awarded five equal winners in the design ideas competition to rebuild Central Park after disaster.
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PennDesign Receives $1.25 Million Gift to Establish Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize and Award in City and Regional Planning

Philadelphia—The University of Pennsylvania School of Design has received a $1.25 million gift from William Witte (C’73, MCP’75) and his wife, Keiko Sakamoto, Esq.
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Ralph Lemon Named Sachs Visiting Professor at PennDesign

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design has appointed Ralph Lemon, a choreographer, writer, visual artist, and curator, the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year.
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