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.

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
Student looking a at comic and turning it into a storyboard for an animation.

Animation resources include computer labs with Wacom tablets, 2D and 3D animation and compositing applications such as Mudbox, Maya, Matchmover, 3ds Max, Premiere, Aftereffects, TV Paint, Flash, and others. DSLR cameras, lighting and grip equipment, sound recording and editing equipment are used wth Dragonframe software for stop-motion animation.

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The Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACL) of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation supports the program’s curriculum in a state-of-the art facility where conservation science and technical studies come together to advance teaching and research in Architectural Conservation.

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With the beautiful views of the UPenn campus as inspiration, students work collaboratively and independently in our spacious studios. With work-tables, desks, and computers enough for everyone, our studios are the perfect match for long days and nights of hard work.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Acting together, the ACSP member school faculty are able to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development.
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The Alumni Education Office partners with Career Services to offer a wide array of professional development seminars and workshops exclusively for alumni.

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There are a wealth of career services opportunities and resources available to Weitzman students, including Individual Advising, Web Resources Tailored for the Weitzman School, Career Connection Day, Workshops and Panels, and many others.

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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.

Close up of student working with clay using a press mold.

The ceramics facilities are equipped for wheel throwing, hand building, mold making and casting, and for work ranging from functional ware to sculptural and architectural projects.

Gallery display of photographs. Most notable pieces are large portraits of a woman and a man.

The Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery hosts a variety programs each year including student exhibitions, film series’, collaborative events with outside institutions and special exhibitions featuring visiting artists.

Studio with various kinds of printing presses

The Common Press is the letterpress and book arts studio at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two students working together on a wooden frame a studio

The Fabrication Lab serves as a practical laboratory extension of classroom theory. The Lab is equipped for all phases of woodworking, metalworking, and machining, as well as digital fabrication with CNC routing, laser cutting, and 3D printing. The lab is available to all University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design students and to all students enrolled in ancillary Weitzman courses.

The mission of the Financial Administration Office (FAO) is to develop, promote, and guide best business practices for how Weitzman faculty, staff, and students should conduct financial transactions within the University.

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The services and collections of the Fisher Fine Arts Library facilitate work in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, history of art, and fine arts. 

The Graduate Student Center is here to ensure that you find a stimulating intellectual and social community of students and scholars from across Penn’s twelve schools. We also want to help you understand the sometimes challenging world of Penn.
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Graduate students have 24 hour access to their own dedicated studios. 

Front of the Institute of contemporary art during the evening with students gathered around.

Nationally and for our graduate fine arts community, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) provides an essential forum for the presentation and documentation of recent developments in the visual arts. Artists who present innovative work at ICA often give lectures and critiques of student work. ICA also hosts a number of public lectures each year by visiting artists participating in the MFA program.

Foreground: sculpture with bicycle wheel suspended between two chairs. Background, performers dancing

The Fine Arts Department collaborates in public programming and collaborative projects with many of the art institutions in the city of Philadelphia.

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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.

Shelves full of wood and stone tiles, paint jars, and acrylic sheets in a rainbow of colors

The Fisher Fine Arts Materials Library hosts thousands of samples ranging from traditional construction materials to emergent and novel samples such as Vanta Black, electronic paint, and seaweed insulation. The aim of the collection is to bring together innovation and creativity in order to advance conceptualization through tactile exploration, and draws from disciplines across campus.

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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.

The Penn Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects serves as a link between Penn students, the ASLA, and the professional landscape community. The organization hosts visiting speakers and scholars, career and skill development seminars, and social events throughout the academic year.

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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.

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The photography resources include conventional wet labs, high-level digital photography studios, large-format archival inkjet printers, Hasselblad Flextight film scanners, and private studios.

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The Photography & Video Equipment Room in the Department of Fine Arts provides access to multimedia equipment, studios and technical support in order to enhance the department’s curriculum and foster an environment of experimentation in the areas of photography, video, animation, and design. The Photography & Video Equipment Room maintains a state-of-the-art facility that is safe, efficient, and clean for over eight hundred students from across the university each academic year. 

RE club field trip at construction site

Real Estate Club Tour of new skyscraper construction in Philadelphia, 2016.

The PennDesign Real Estate Club provides a platform for mentoring, speakers, panels, site visits, resume promotion and career strategizing.

Illustration of city area between two rivers with blocks of buildings highlighted in white and a red line in the center

Nan Mu and Sean Mckay

Mission Statement

The Stuart Weitzman School of Design seeks to become one of the leading schools in the United States for urban resilience in design. To achieve this, Matthijs Bouw has crafted a multi-disciplinary certificate program that aims to teach students necessary tools and topics for adapting the world to the uncertainties of a changing climate.

The Penn Weitzman Alumni Association endeavors to provide guidance to graduates of our programs. As part of this goal, the Board of the PWAA compiled this list of career resources for graduates.

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The sculpture facilities provide dynamic workspaces for students working in three-dimension design, fabrication and related media.

Illustration of city area design in such a way that street plan resembles the UPenn logo

The Student Planning Association -- SPA -- is a student-led advocacy and social group meant for students of City Planning at the Weitzman School. As a peer-elected organization, our main purpose is to advocate on the behalf of CPLN students, both within the department and the Weitzman School. We are also responsible for department-wide, student lead social events and other student-oriented activities.

 From left to right: Arden Jordan (MSHP'22), Public History; Caitlin Livesey (MSHP'22), Conservation; Dan Mangano (MSHP'23), Des

From left to right: Arden Jordan (MSHP'22), Public History; Caitlin Livesey (MSHP'22), Conservation; Dan Mangano (MSHP'23), Design; Ali Cavicchio (MSHP'22), Conservation

The Penn Preservation Student Association (PPSA) is a student-led organization that represents students in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. The purpose of the PPSA is to advocate on behalf of students’ interests, meaningfully engage with faculty, and foster a sense of community among students. It does this by holding regular meetings, bringing speakers to campus, and organizing events.

Unoccupied office/studio space with several computers and a work table in the center.

Fine Art Majors are assigned shared studio spaces the summer prior to their senior year. The studio spaces accommodate students working in animation, design, ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture and video.

Philadelphia twin rowhouses where the neighboring homes have been demolished

The Urban Heritage Project addresses issues at the intersection of built heritage, cultural landscape, societal change through multi-disciplinary research and practice.

Brightly lit unoccupied computer lab with screen and projector

The video labs are equiped with professional broadcast monitors, Premiere, Avid, the Adobe Creative Suite, Protools, Logic Pro and additional plug-ins and tools for post-production.

Welding Studio
Graduate students have access to a studio with welding and metal work. This is located in one of the three graduate studio buildings. Additional metal working fabrication is available in the PennDesign fabrication lab.