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Weitzman Student Camille Boggan Honored by US Department of Transportation

Camille Boggan, a second-year Master of City Planning student at the Weitzman School, has received an Outstanding Student of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for her work on public transit.

When Three Schools, and Three Countries, Converge in One Studio

The pandemic meant that studio travel wasn’t possible. Over the course of the fall semester, students worked together to study three different sites in Caracas, Guadalajara, and Bogotá. 

Excavating History in Designing “Mixing Chambers” for the Penn Museum

Students entering architecture school often think of design as linear, says architect Vanessa Keith (MArch’00), who joined the faculty in the Department of Architecture this fall.

Vincent Reina Joins Nationwide Initiative to Help Slow Rental Evictions

Will a nationwide wave of evictions from rental properties emerge amid weak economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis?

Graduate Student Artists Persevere During Pandemic and Find New Inspiration

“An artist is an artist especially in the face of difficulties. The MFA students have taken it to heart. They have been incredibly resourceful in both their thinking and making of art.”

Barton Myers Donates Papers to Architectural Archives

By the time Barton Myers (MArch'64) founded his own practice, he’d already been an architect in the office of Louis Kahn in Philadelphia, an Air Force fighter pilot stationed in Europe, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and a young boy fascinated by Jeffersonian architecture in Norfolk, Virginia.

Acclaimed Designers and Promising Students Honored at 2020 Weitzman Awards

Peter Eisenman accepted the Kanter Tritsch Medal in Architecture during the 2020 Weitzman School Awards ceremony. The Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal was awarded to the City of Philadelphia’s GreenPlan Philadelphia. The all-virtual awards ceremony was another first in a year of unprecedented challenges and experiments at the Weitzman School and across higher education.

Excerpt: Peter Eisenman on Lateness

Lateness (Princeton University Press, 2020), a new book from renowned architect Peter Eisenman, the 2020 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal in Architecture, examines the work of architects Adolf Loos, Aldo Rossi, and John Hejduk for the ways it was out of sync with its time. 

Gers and the Grid: Combatting Air Pollution in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is the coldest capital city in the world. Many Mongolian families, including most of the population of Ulaanbaatar, live in traditional huts called yurts or gers burn raw coal in individual coal stoves, contributing to increasingly dangerous levels of air pollution.

Announcing the Julian Abele Endowed Fellowship Fund

The School has established the Julian Abele Fellowship in Architecture, which will be given annually to a graduate architecture student or students once the fund is fully endowed. The Fellowship is named for the first Black architect to graduate from Penn.