The Weitzman School: A Celebration of Design

The Weitzman School: A Celebration of Design

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:30pm

University of Pennsylvania Campus

The Weitzman School:  A Celebration of Design
October 3, 2019

Join us for an historic afternoon commemorating the naming of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the significance of investing in people and education to make a lasting impact on the world.


  • Two fascinating panel discussions by world-renowned designers
  • Keynote program featuring Paul Goldberger, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic
  • Naming Ceremony with President Amy Gutmann, Dean Frederick Steiner, and Stuart Weitzman, W’63


Schedule of Events. 

1:00 – 2:00 pm  
Panel I:  Balancing Acts – The Interplay of Design, Technology and the Natural World
A dramatically cantilevered building for nanoscience. A green ribbon of park on an abandoned rail line.  Iconic product design.  When beauty meets efficiency, everyone wins.  Learn from experts how the intentionality of our built environment influences – and sometimes determines – the way we live.

Inga Saffron, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer

James Corner, Founder and Director, James Corner Field Operations (High Line, New York)
Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean, School of Design and Creative Technologies, University of Texas (former president, frog)
Marion Weiss, Cofounder, WEISS/MANFREDI and Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, Weitzman School of Design (Singh Center for Nanotechnology)
Lower Gallery
Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street

2:00 – 3:00 pm       
Panel II:  Whom Do We Honor…and How?
Exploring the Meaning of Memorials
From statues of generals…to portraits of presidents…to vivid murals on the walls of urban row houses.  Who decides who “rates” a permanent public likeness—and who remains overlooked and underappreciated?  Join the conversation on this nuanced and emotional topic with a panel of experts.

Lisa Servon, Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor and Chair of the City and Regional Planning Department, Weitzman School of Design

Christian Benimana, Senior Principal and Managing Director, MASS Design (Rwinkwavu NICU/OR, Rwanda)
Sharon Hayes, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Weitzman School of Design (Monument Lab)
Randy Mason, Associate Professor, Historic Preservation, Weitzman School of Design (Rwanda Genocide Memorial Conservation and Training
Lower Gallery
Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street

3:30 – 4:45 pm
The Critic Weighs In: A Conversation About Design, Architecture, Landscape and Planning
Paul Goldberger, Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic (The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair)
Hosted by: President Amy Gutmann and Dean Frederick Steiner
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Naming Ceremony and Reception on Weitzman Plaza
During the reception, please also visit the curated student exhibition in Upper and Lower Galleries in honor of The Weitzman School: A Celebration of Design.
Featuring: President Amy Gutmann, Dean Frederick Steiner, Stuart Weitzman, W’63 
Weitzman Plaza outside of Meyerson Hall

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