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Assistant Professor of Architecture
Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation
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, Director, Cm2 University Transportation Center
Associate Professor of Fine Arts

Press Releases

Penn Urban Design Scholar Matt Miller Appointed to Philadelphia Art Commission

Matthew Jordan Miller, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow, lecturer, and the director of Justice and Belonging Initiatives (JxB) at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, joined the nine-member Philadelphia Art Commission. The Commission consists of eight Mayor-appointed members and the Commissioner of Public Property, and is responsible for approving and reviewing the design and location of construction projects and public art on City property, including streets, or funded with City money.
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Weitzman Faculty and Students Confront Climate Change, Extinction at the Biennale Architettura 2021

“The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture,” as Curator Hakim Sarkis has said, while pre-existing challenges like climate change and equity have only become more pressing since the Architecture Biennale was announced. Eight designer-educators on the faculty at the Weitzman School of Design, along with their students, take up these challenges in their contribution to the 17th Exhibition at the Central Pavilion and at this year’s Italian Pavilion.
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Announcing Weitzman’s Spring 2021 Lecture Series

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Spring 2021 Lecture Series brings together distinguished architects, landscape architects, artists, statisticians, scholars, and policy makers who are actively re-shaping the built environment and visual culture. Presented online, the series begins on Wednesday, January 27, with a lecture exploring approaches for centering subaltern histories through design and urban planning by Sue Mobley, a visiting scholar at Weitzman’s Center for Public Art and Space.
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Lynn Meskell Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett have announced the appointment of Lynn Meskell as the University of Pennsylvania’s twenty-sixth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor.  Meskell, a world-renowned archaeologist, is the Richard D. Green University Professor, with joint appointments in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School of Design, the Department of Anthropology of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Penn Museum as a Curator in both the Asian and Near East Sections.
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Peter Eisenman and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to Accept Kanter Tritsch Medal and Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal at December 2 Virtual Event

On Wednesday, December 2, 6:00pm EST, the Weitzman School will honor Peter Eisenman as the 2020 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal in Architecture, and the City of Philadelphia as the 2020 recipient of the Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning for GreenPlan Philadelphia. The evening will bring together Eisenman, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and scholarship recipients Paul Germaine McCoy and Avery Harmon, in a series of lively conversations about the role of architects as agents for change and the promise of green infrastructure in creating healthier, more equitable and climate-resilient cities. 
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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.
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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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