University of Pennsylvania School of Design

In fall 2003, the historic Graduate School of Fine Arts became the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Our new name—familiarly PennDesign—describes what we are now, a single school, within a great university, dedicated to promoting excellence in design across a…



PennDesign Lecture: Lorna Simpson, Silverstein Photography Lecture Series

Visiting artist Lorna Simpson discusses her work as part of the Howard A. Silverstein & Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Lecture Series.  Biography: Lorna Simpson was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. When Lorna Simpson emerged from the graduate program at San Diego in 1985, she was already considered a pioneer of conceptual photography. Feeling a strong need to reexamine and re-define photographic practice for contemporary relevance, Simpson was producing work that engaged the conceptual vocabulary of the time by creating…

PennDdesign Film Screening: Have You Seen the Arana?

In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardization and uniformity, the film explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on people's lives and livelihoods. Set in Wayanad, part of the fragile ecosystem of the western ghats in South India, the film takes you on a journey through a region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of 'development'. On October 3, 2014, Director, Sunanda Bhat, will join us for a film screening and conversation with faculty, students, and filmmakers hosted by Anuradha Mathur, Professor of Landscape Architecture. Sponsored by…

The Future of All Things Transportation in Philadelphia and Beyond

"The Future of All Things Transportation in Philadelphia and Beyond" Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 06:00pm Meyerson Hall, B3 The Future of All Things Transportation in Philadelphia and Beyond A Conversation with Rina Cutler, Al Biehler, and Megan Ryerson How can SEPTA serve more Philadelphians?  How will the USAir-American Airlines merger affect the future of the Philadelphia Airport?  When will bike-sharing come to Philadelphia?  Are autonomous vehicles the solution traffic jams?  Please join us on Thursday February 13th at 6 p.m. in Meyerson B-3 for a conversation between Rina Cutler, Al Biehler, and PennPlanning Professor Megan Ryerson about the future of all…

PennDesign Lunchtime Speaker Series - Preservation in Contemporary Asia 2

Advanced Theory/Case Studies Lunchtime Speaker Series Talk on Preservation in Contemporary Asia 2 Kecia Fong Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, PennDesign; Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western SydneyKecia L. Fong is a conservation professional of the built environment. She has worked internationally as a conservation practitioner and educator for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, US National Park Service, and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) among others. Her work in the field has addressed multiple scales and contexts from the revitalization of the historic Islamic core of Cairo; conservation of earthen plasters at ancient Puebloan sites in the…

PennDesign Lecture: Karen Seto

Karen Seto, professor of Geography and Urbanization at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will present "Sustainable Urbanism in China and India: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons from the IPCC"

PennDesign Lecture: David Erdman: "Under Pressure"

David received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in 1993 and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1998.  He taught at UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design from 1999-2008.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Rice University, UC Berkeley and The University of Michigan. David has been an Assistant Professor of Design at The University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture since 2010 and currently serves as the Coordinator of Public Lectures for the Department.  The American Academy in Rome awarded David with the prestigious Rome Prize in 2008/2009. David co-founded servo where he…
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