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Professor, Historic Preservation/ City & Regional Planning
Chair, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Professor Emeritus,
Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, Richard D. Green University Professor
Archaeological Theory, Ethnography, UNESCO World Heritage, Middle East, India, South Africa, Egypt, Identity, Politics, Embodiment, Postcolonial and Feminist theory, Ethics
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Professor of Fine Arts
Assistant Professor
Professor of Architecture, Director of the MSD-AAD Program
Associate Professor
UPS Chair of Transportation, Associate Dean for Research, Weitzman School
Associate Professor of Architecture, Director of the Master of Architecture Program

Press Releases

Cheryl LaFleur Earns Penn’s Respected Prize in Energy Policy

Philadelphia, PA — Today the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will award its fifth annual Carnot Prize to Cheryl LaFleur, former commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
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Weitzman School Offers New Master of Science in Design for Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design will offer a new Master of Science in Design with a concentration in robotics and autonomous systems beginning in the Fall of 2020. This one-year post-professional program aims to critically develop novel approaches to the design, manufacturing, construction, use and life-cycle of architecture through creative engagement with robotics, material systems, and design-computation.rssmith@design.upenn.edu
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‘Women [Re]Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures’ Gathers Thinkers, Activists, Designers, and Builders

In Women [Re]Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures (ORO Editions/AR+D, October 2019), Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano and alumnae Ramona Adlakha (MArch’18) and Ramune Bartuskait (MArch’18) gather reflections on the renewal of feminist thought in architecture (Framing Stories), challenges to practice made possible by activism (Shaping Polemics), and portrayals of inspiring practitioners who pave the way for future women architects (Building Futures).
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Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley Named Sachs Visiting Professors

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.
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University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design to Host ‘The Weitzman School: A Celebration of Design’

The Weitzman School will host a public celebration on Thursday, October 3, 2019 to highlight the School’s new name, honor Penn philanthropist and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman (Wharton Class of 1963) and explore the role of design in addressing urgent social issues.
 
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Weitzman School Fall 2019 Lecture Series Features Pioneers in Design and the Arts

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Fall 2019 Lecture Series brings more than 60 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, preservationists, and writers to Philadelphia. The series opens on Wednesday, August 28, with a conversation between renowned architects Wolf D. Prix and Thom Mayne.
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Weitzman School of Design and the College of Arts and Sciences Launch New Undergraduate Design Major 

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the College of Arts and Sciences have announced the launch of an undergraduate major in Design, beginning in the fall of 2019.  The new major will allow students in the liberal arts to explore the expansive nature of contemporary design and its relationship to the humanities, the sciences, and emerging technologies.
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Announcing Appointment of Sonja Dümpelmann and Endowed Professorships

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design announces the appointment of Sonja Dümpelmann to the standing faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and the designation of Megan Ryerson as UPS Chair of Transportation. In addition, three members of the standing faculty at the Weitzman School have been awarded endowed professorships: Lisa Servon, Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor; Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor; and Sean Burkholder, Andrew Gordon Assistant Professor.
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New Book ‘Design with Nature Now’ Amplifies Ian McHarg’s Seminal Manifesto on Ecological Planning and Land Use  

With climate change posing imminent risks that range from rising seas to more extreme weather events, cities must work with ecology rather than against it to develop sustainably, according to the new book Design with Nature Now, forthcoming in October from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. The book is edited by a team of faculty members from the departments of landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. 
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University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design to Honor KPF Cofounder A. Eugene Kohn and RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan at October 2019 Gala

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has selected KPF cofounder A. Eugene Kohn as the 2019 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design, and the Regional Plan Association (RPA) Fourth Regional Plan as the inaugural recipient of the Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning. The honorees, and recipients of two accompanying scholarships for exceptional students, will be recognized at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design Awards gala on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the IAC Building in New York City.
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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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