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Assistant Professor of Architecture
Associate Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture
Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research & Education
Professor of Architecture, Director MSD-EBD Program / CEBD, Chair-Elect Faculty Senate
Crossways Professor
Assistant Professor
Miller Professor, Chair of Architecture
Associate Professor of Architecture, Associate Chair
Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Carrafiell Assistant Professor in Fine Arts

Press Releases

Weitzman School Awarded Major Grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

The Architectural Archives at Weitzman has received a $300,000 project grant from The Pew Center for Art & Heritage for its exhibition What Minerva Built. The interdisciplinary project critically examines the complicated heritage work we do as individuals and as a culture. Beginning with the story of Minerva Parker Nichols (1862-1949), a ground-breaking female architect based in Philadelphia, the exhibition will feature new photography of Minerva’s surviving buildings, creating an archive in the absence of one. In addition to the exhibition of contemporary and archival materials, the project will explore questions about collecting, preserving, and writing history against the backdrop of contemporary cultural change through a series of dynamic public programs and a publication.
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New Penn Initiative to Preserve African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

The Weitzman School is launching a new initiative to advance the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage sites relating to African American struggles for equality, from before the passage of the 14th Amendment to the present day. Brent Leggs, whose work as executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation was the subject of a January feature in The New Yorker, joins CPCRS as a senior advisor and adjunct associate professor.
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Weitzman’s Paul Farber and Ken Lum Receive $4M Grant from the Mellon Foundation to Develop Art and Justice Initiatives Across the Nation

Monument Lab, the public art and history studio co-founded by Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts at the Weitzman School, and Paul Farber, a lecturer in fine arts and senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space, has received a transformative $4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Penn to Honor Peter Eisenman and GreenPlan Philadelphia

Weitzman has selected Peter Eisenman as the 2020 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design, and the City of Philadelphia as the 2020 recipient of the Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning for GreenPlan Philadelphia. The recipients of the student prizes are Paul McCoy, candidate for the Master of Architecture degree, and Avery Harmon, candidate for the Master of City Planning degree.
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Ernesto Pujol Named Sachs Visiting Professor at the Weitzman School

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artist Ernesto Pujol the Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2020–2021 Academic Year.
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Three New Board Members Energize PennPraxis and Build the Organization’s Capacity

PennPraxis, the center for applied research, practice, and engagement at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors. All three new board members—Garlen Capita, senior urban designer at WRT Planning and Design, Kimberly Driggins, executive director of the Washington Housing Conservancy, and Patrick Morgan, first deputy commissioner for strategy and engagement at Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation—attended their first meeting of the Board in June.
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Weitzman Announces Faculty Appointments and Promotions in Architecture, Fine Arts, and Planning

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has announced a series of faculty appointments and promotions effective in Academic Year 2020-2021, subject to University approval, in the Departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Fine Arts.
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Weitzman School Announces New Provostial Appointments in the Department of City and Regional Planning

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design announces two new faculty appointments for Academic Year 2020-2021 in the Department of City and Regional Planning: Lance Freeman, a professor in the Urban Planning Program at Columbia University, as the provost’s distinguished visiting faculty fellow, and Jamaal Green as a post-doctoral fellow.
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Weitzman Kicks Off Summer Program with The Fresh Air Fund to Prepare Underserved Youth for Careers in Design

Today the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design announced an important leadership gift from Lori Kanter Tritsch, MArch’85, and her partner, William P. Lauder, W’83, executive chairman and chairman of the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Penn Trustee. The generous donation supports PennPraxis Design Fellows to lead an interactive virtual course for 150 Fresh Air Fund youth ages 14-17 in July and August 2020, Fresh Air Everywhere: Virtual Design Studio.
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“Hybrids & Haecceities” Conference Postponed to 2021; Virtual ACADIA Conference Announced for Fall 2020

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ACADIA Board of Directors and 2020 Conference Chairs at Weitzman have unanimously agreed to postpone this year’s conference, Hybrids & Haecceities, to October of 2021.
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Weitzman School to Lead Development of Conservation Management Plan for Pennsylvania Hospital

The Weitzman School’s PennPraxis and The Center for Architectural Conservation (CAC) will develop a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Pennsylvania Hospital, an affiliate of Penn Medicine. Led by Frank Matero, chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, the CMP will consolidate information on the significance of the site and its historical assets and will be a tool for prioritizing future hospital-preservation efforts.
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Weitzman Welcomes Marcus Samuelsson for A Conversation on Food, Equity, and Social Justice with Provost Wendell Pritchett

The Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design presents “The Moelis Lecture: Marcus Samuelsson in Conversation with Penn Provost Wendell Pritchett.” The evening brings together the acclaimed New York City chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, philanthropist and activist and the award-winning scholar, author, lawyer, professor, and civic and academic leader from Philadelphia for a dialogue about the many ways in which food culture can strengthen communities. Featuring an audience Q&A and reception, the event takes place from 6:00 – 7:30pm on March 16, 2020 at Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street.
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