Centers & Programs

Centers & Programs

PennDesign centers of excellence are unique, issue-focused engines of applied and theoretical research, rooted in design.

We’ve designed to address leadership gaps that are crucial to our welfare as a global society. Our aim is to lead the research--to become unparalleled drivers of progress and impact for these critical challenges.

As we continue to build these centers, we must have flexibility to evolve our focus, and provide room to expand and extend our mission and be responsive to change.

PennDesign Centers include: 

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
The Architectural Archives
The Ian L. McHarg Center

Center Priorities Include:

$5M+  Endowed support for departmental programs

$1M  Endowed post doctoral fellowship support

$650K  5 year term gift to support the Energy Policy and Design Studio at the Kleinman Center

$120K  PennPraxis high visibility design project over one year

For more information about leadership giving, email Jeff Snyder at

Giving Opportunities

The Kleinman Center General Purpose Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to support the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, the mission of which is to create the conditions for policy innovation that support a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy.

Ian L. McHarg Center Discretionary Fund

The purpose of the Fund is for discretionary purposes as determined by the Dean and Executive Director of the Center.

Friends of the Architectural Archives

The purpose of this fund is to support annual activities within the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania.

PennDesign Annual Giving

The purpose of this fund is to support student aid and student driven initiatives on an annual basis at the School of Design.

PennPraxis Annual Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to hold fund for unrestricted accounts to be used at the discretion of the executive director of PennPraxis for general operating expenses.