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  • Marion Weiss, photo courtesy WEISS/MANFREDI

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Weiss, Fullilove to Speak at PennDesign’s Awards and Commencement Ceremonies

Marion Weiss, Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at PennDesign and cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI, New York, will speak at PennDesign’s Awards Ceremony on May 14. Mindy Fullilove, MD, a professor of Urban Policy and Health at New York’s Parsons School of Design who explores the ties between environment and mental health, will speak at the School’s Commencement Exercises on May 15.

“Today’s social and ecological challenges compel us to think more deeply and holistically about our environment,” said PennDesign Dean and Paley Professor Frederick Steiner. “Marion and Mindy have shown the way, again and again. They’ve proven that beauty, integrity, and originality are not only compatible, but interdependent.”

Mindy Fullilove, MD, is Professor of Urban Policy and Health at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Dedicated to the psychology of place, her research started in 1986 when she linked the AIDS epidemic with place of residence and she continues to focus on the health problems caused by inequality. For the past 30 years, Dr. Fullilove has been investigating how broken connections between different sections of cities harm public health and explores ways to reconnect them. Previously, she taught at Columbia University and was a lecturer at Parsons. She has published numerous articles and six books including Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. She has received many awards, including inclusion in many “Best Doctors” and two honorary doctorates (Chatham College, 1999, and Bank Street College of Education, 2002). She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her MS and MD degrees from Columbia University. 

Marion Weiss, FAIA, is the co-founder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City, and the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. The firm’s award-winning projects include the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center, Barnard’s Diana Center, and Penn’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Current projects include the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and a research and development hub for Cornell Tech’s groundbreaking new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Weiss has also taught design studios at Harvard University, Cornell University, and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University. She has been honored with the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, Harvard’s International VR Green Urban Design Award, the New York AIA Gold Medal of Honor, and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim Museum. Weiss received her Master of Architecture at Yale University. She is a fellow of the AIA and a National Academy inductee.

PennDesign’s ceremonies are open to graduates and their guests.