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Press Releases

PennDesign’s Richard Weller to Deliver “Wakeup Call” for World’s Cities in Kuala Lumpur

A sweeping United Nations initiative titled the New Urban Agenda aimed at improving the quality of life in the world’s fast-growing cities faces a critical test this month when government officials, activists, and academics gather in Kuala Lumpur for the World Urban Forum from February 7 - 13. The gathering is the first time that stakeholders will come together to work out how urban growth can be aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030, as ratified in the New Urban Agenda. One roadmap to achieve those goals comes from Richard Weller, Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and professor and chair of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, who will present data visualizations showing that the growth of cities globally is on a direct collision course with the world’s remaining biodiversity
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PennDesign Spring 2018 Lecture Series Opens January 22

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) Spring 2018 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. The series opens on Monday, January 22, with Manuel Pastor (Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California), in conversation with PennDesign Dean and Paley Professor Frederick Steiner, and a lecture by Enrique Norten (Principal, TEN Arquitectos). 
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PennDesign’s Kenneth Lum Named an Officer in the Order of Canada

University of Pennsylvania Professor Kenneth Lum, chair of the Fine Arts Department in the School of Design, has been named an Officer in the Order of Canada, one of the highest Canadian civilian honors.
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Three PennDesign Students Honored with 2017 Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards

Three students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design—Rachel Finfer, Olivia Mobayed, and Carrie Sauer—won Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards at the 2017 Awards Banquet on November 30, 2017. Women’s Transportation Seminar is a prestigious international organization founded in 1977 with the mission of supporting women in the field of transportation, and counts more than 6500 members.
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PennDesign Introduces a New Post-Professional Degree in Historic Preservation

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design will offer a Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation beginning Fall 2018, increasing the roster of degrees offered by the School to 12.
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Josiah McElheny Named Sachs Visiting Professor at PennDesign

Internationally acclaimed artist Josiah McElheny has been appointed Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design for the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year.

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With $1.25 Million Alumna Gift, PennDesign Launches $50,000 Student Prize and Professional Medal for Architecture

University of Pennsylvania School of Design alumna Lori Kanter Tritsch (MArch’85) has pledged $1.25 million to establish a $50,000 fellowship for the most promising graduate architecture student at PennDesign and an international medal of excellence for a practicing architect. It is the largest single gift made to the School for fellowships in its 149-year history.
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‘LA+’ Journal Announces the Fall 2017 Issue, ‘LA+ RISK’

Edited by Tatum Hands, Billy Fleming, and Richard Weller, LA+ RISK will be released on September 1, 2017.
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The PennDesign Fall 2017 Lecture Series Opens September 6

The PennDesign Fall 2017 Lecture Series brings nearly 30 renowned architects, landscape architects, planners, preservationists, historians, data scientists, and artists to Philadelphia this fall. The series opens on Wednesday, September 6, with a talk by UN Studio Founder and Principal Architect Ben van Berkel on the firm’s masterplan for Amsterdam’s Arnhem Central railway station and concludes on Thursday, November 30, with artist Laurel Nakadate. 
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Ellen Neises Succeeds Randall Mason as Executive Director at PennPraxis

Frederick Steiner, dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, has appointed Ellen Neises to be the executive director of PennPraxis, the center for applied research, outreach, and practice at the School. Neises is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign and principal at RANGE, a landscape architecture and public policy practice.
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Lisa Servon Appointed Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning

Professor Lisa Servon, a widely published expert on economic insecurity, consumer financial services, and financial justice, has been appointed chair of Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design for a five-year term effective July 1. Servon succeeds Professor John Landis, a distinguished educator who helped maintain the Department’s standing as one of the leading programs in the country.
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LA+ Journal Announces Winners of LA+ IMAGINATION Design Competition

The LA+ IMAGINATION design ideas competition—held by LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design—asked designers to create a new island.
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