Research

The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania preserves the works of more than 400 designers from the 17th century to the present.

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

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.

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.

PennPraxis is the outreach, practice and professional arm of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, PennPraxis is committed to public service.

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.

Ian L. McHarg (1920 - 2001), professor and chair of landscape and regional planning at PennDesign, 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.