Impact

Through education, research, and practice, our faculty and students are leading the way to address some of the most pervasive problems facing our communities, from climate change to unchecked urbanization. Learn more about the five areas of impact at PennDesign.

Impact

Our Impact Areas

Energy & Environment

With a focus on sustainability, population growth, and environmental shifts, our students and faculty are on the forefront of innovative practice and real-world solutions.

Cities & Regions

Amidst explosive growth of urban centers around the world, PennDesign trains tomorrow’s planners, architects, developers, and policy makers to make cities more livable and resilient.

Equity & Inclusion

As designers, we see how the intersection of the social, cultural, and economic factors determine a community’s ability to thrive. We are committed to finding solutions to repair social divides.

Innovation & Technology

Designers and artists challenge themselves to push the limits of form and structure, and think beyond what is possible to discover what could be possible.

Culture & Heritage

Art and design activate spaces and influence how we encounter and understand our world. We recognize that the buildings and landscapes we protect or rehabilitate express our values as much as those we create, if not more so.