The Stuart Weitzman School of Design is  an incubator for innovative thinking.
A unique research engine where passionate planners, preservationists, designers, and artists ignite tomorrow’s leaders.

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.


Our Centers
The Architectural Archives

With a remarkable collection that spans from the 17th century to the present, the Architectural Archives supports teaching and scholarship and also organizes exhibitions and public programs for a broad range of audiences.  Support for program initiatives including exhibitions, publications, and research will continue to sustain the Archives’ rich legacy.

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The Ian L. McHarg Center

Bridging art and science, policy and design, The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology brings the important legacy of its namesake—arguably the most consequential environmental planner of the 20th century—into the 21st century. This new Center builds on the University’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design, educating about and bringing to action McHarg’s renowned philosophy of “designing with nature.” 

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The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

A home for research and teaching on energy policy at the University. The Center works with faculty and students across all 12 schools and has especially strong partnerships with Engineering, Wharton, Law, Annenberg, and Arts & Sciences. The priority over the next three years is to create a internationally renowned energy policy faculty at Penn that can leverage the Center’s research and teaching platform. The Center needs to provide appropriate space for its scholars in the Center’s home within the historic Fisher Fine Arts Library. Also,  the Center needs to provide doctoral fellowships to create a cadre of researchers who will support the next generation of energy innovation.

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PennPraxis is the nonprofit arm of the School that supports thought leadership and design action to advance inclusion, innovation, and impact in communities that design doesn’t typically serve—more than 95% of the world. PennPraxis initiates projects that demonstrate the power of interdisciplinary design, architecture, art, planning, and heritage preservation to respond to the major challenges of the built and natural environments, and of the communities that live in them.

Giving Opportunities

The Kleinman Center Endowment Fund

The purpose of the Kleinman Fund is to provide general financial support to the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy towards opportunities for students, researchers and energy leaders to debate diverse viewpoints, explore opinions and develop agendas for decision and action. The Fund will be used at the discretion of he director of the Center.

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.

Weitzman School of Design Annual Fund

The purpose of this fund is to support student aid and student driven initiatives on an annual basis at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman 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.