Research

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

For her project Matter + Energy: Composite Façades, Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano led a seminar dedicated to the development of research protocols for the design of architectural facades, based on formalizing environmental exchanges between matter and energy.

Building off of a research project for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Assistant Professor Erick Guerra is examinining land use, transportation infrastructure, and commute patterns across Mexico’s 100 largest cities.

Photo: RCH

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts David Hartt’s multi-part installation “in the forest” continues the artist’s investigation into the relationship between ideology, architecture, and the environment by revisiting architect Moshe Safdie’s unfinished 1968 Habitat Puerto Rico project.

The Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program at PennDesign teaches at the intersection of data science and public policy. As part of the program, graduate students from the Department of City and Regional Planning and MUSA participated in the first annual MUSA/Smart Cities Practicum.

Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and Matt Neff, director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program and former director of PennDesign’s Common Press, are key partners in an effort to preserve and revitalize the historic Mancos Times building in Mancos, Colorado. Together, the team is establishing a center dedicated to the printer’s art, while restoring and reusing the historic building as a new facility for students and graphic artists to live and work in Mancos.

In his new animated work, ‘Conservatory,’ Joshua Mosley builds on his previous stop-motion puppet animation (Jeu de Paume) and focuses on another moment in the same setting at the tennis court of the Chateau de Fontainebleau in France.

David Nolan Gallery presents “Parentheses,” a group exhibition curated by faculty members David Hartt and Sharon Hayes, featuring the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 MFA graduating class: Lauren Altman, Danièle Dennis, Junyuan Feng, Erlin Geffrard, Adrienne Hall, Jiayi Liu, Jiaqi Pan, Zoya Siddiqui, James Allister Sprang, Heryk Tomassini, Kasey Toomey, Monika Uchiyama, Eric Yue.

Time in Dreams is Frozen
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:00pm—Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:00pm
Icebox Project Space
1400 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Principal investigator: Masoud Akbarzadeh 
Research team: Mohammad Bolhassani, Ali Tabatabai Ghomi, Andrei Nejur

Assistant Professor of Architecture Masoud Akbarzadeh and Dr. Andrei Nejur developed a new plugin for the Rhinoceros3d through the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL). PolyFram is a  geometry-based, structural form-finding tool for designers and structural engineers.

The PennMFA 2018 Thesis Exhibition, Bild—Build was curated by Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Photo by CC

In June of 2018, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Vincent Reina received a University Research Foundation grant to study the impact and effectiveness of the Los Angeles Housing Choice Voucher program, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Southern California.

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