Research

Two large robotic arms in a studio with students viewing them through a window to an adjacent room

The University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design's Robotics Lab supports work by the Autonomous Manufacturing Lab.

The Advanced Research & Innovation Lab (ARI) brings together the combined expertise of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design faculty members with state-of-the art fabrication, measurement and modeling technologies.

Conservation team sitting amongst adobe ruins at fort union

The Center for Architectural Conservation conducts a full agenda of research and teaching dedicated to documentation, recording, field survey, material analysis, condition assessment, risk analysis, and the development of new treatments and treatment evaluation of historic structures and sites.

Flow chart showing environmental resources flowing from nature to people to technology and then back to nature

The Center for Environmental Building & Design is a faculty research unit at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design dedicated to improving the environmental future of contemporary buildings and cities.

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The Center for Public Art and Space is a platform for artistic research and civic engagement at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. The Center supports Penn faculty, staff, and students in incubating public art projects and securing grant-based funding, advances the work of exceptional MFA students as artists in residence, and partners on critical initiatives that bridge the campus and the public realm in Philadelphia and beyond.

Interior of a Church with wood arches and a colorshop stained glass altarpiece

Photograph by Namratha Kondam, MSHP’21

The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) is devoted to the preservation of built environments that reflect and symbolize the civil rights movement in the US. CPCRS is committed to advancing the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage places commemorating the African-American struggle, before and after the passage of the 14th Amendment.

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The Kleinman Center’s mission is to create the conditions for policy innovation that support a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy. This is accomplished through diverse programming: competitive research grants, student grants, public events, courses, and collaborative research projects.

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Ian L. McHarg (1920 - 2001), professor and chair of landscape and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, was arguably the most important environmental planner and landscape architect of the 20th century. Through his writings and teaching, McHarg brought the sciences and the arts together to develop innovating planning and design techniques for improving the relationship between human nature and designed ecology.

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The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to urban research, education, and civic engagement.