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News from the Weitzman School of Design
Announcing Stuart Weitzman Hall
Fritz Steiner, Stuart Weitzman, and Stephen Kieran
The Weitzman School of Design will renovate the historic Morgan Building on 34th Street and add a new wing on its south side, naming the building after Stuart Weitzman (center), Wharton Class of 1963, the award-winning designer and footwear icon. Penn has retained the internationally acclaimed architecture firm KieranTimberlake, whose founding partners Stephen Kieran (MArch’76) and James Timberlake (MArch’77) are Weitzman alums and former faculty members at the School. “The Weitzman School has a pressing need for centrally located, state-of-the-art facilities and the Morgan Building offers the ideal solution. We are exceedingly grateful that Stuart will help make that vision a reality,” says interim Penn President Wendell Pritchett.
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In-Person Commencement Returns
The interior of Irvine Hall
A jubilant Class of 2022 filed into Irvine Auditorium on Saturday, May 14, as the Weitzman School hosted its first in-person commencement ceremony since COVID-19 reached Philadelphia. The 296 graduates representing 20 degree programs were poised to enter the professions at a time when the world looks in some ways dramatically different than it did when they began their studies. Hadi El Kebbi (MArch’22), a Master of Architecture graduate who was selected by his fellow students to speak at commencement, thanked his fellow students—“the kindest, funniest, most talented group of people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting”—for the community they built during their time at the Weitzman School.
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A still from a video projection by Laura Li
Sachs Program Grants Announced
Penn's Sachs Program for Arts Innovation announced its 2022 cycle of grantees, which includes a number of Weitzman students, faculty, and alums. Among the projects supported is one for the production of a new video by Master of Fine Arts student Laura Li. 
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Grounding the Green New Deal (Video)
Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, was among the speakers at the recent Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) symposium Grounding the Green New Deal: A Summit on Design, Policy, and Advocacy, which is now available to watch on video. In sharing scholarship and design work of Weitzman students related to the topic, Fleming said, “All of you have begun to think about the kind of world we want to build and inhabit. I’m optimistic about what the next 10, 20, and 30 years will look like because of that work.”
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“Extensive landscape refresh complete at Columbus’s iconic Miller House and Garden”
The results of a conservation management plan developed by PennPraxis for an iconic Eero Saarinen home are shared.
The Architect’s Newspaper (May 10, 2022)

“Speeding tickets and crashes fell after enforcement cameras came to Roosevelt Blvd.”
Erick Guerra, associate professor of city and regional planning, presented the results of a study on the effects of speed surveillance.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 10, 2022)
A person leans over to look at a sculptural installation
Imperative of Struggle
Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition for the Class of 2022
Through Thursday, May 26 | In person; Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Rendering of a building by Laura Elliot
Year End Show
Through Sunday, June 5 | In person; Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(A virtual gallery is also on view)
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A busy food market
Hometowns Project 2022
A collaborative installation of text and images from the Weitzman community
Through Sunday, June 5 | In person; Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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An urban building being demolished
Are Cities Just Places? Rebuilding and Unbuilding Preservation
A talk by Aaron Passell, associate director of urban studies of Barnard College, presented as part of a series co-curated by Francesca Russello Ammon, associate professor of city planning and historic preservation at Weitzman, for the Carpenters Company of Philadelphia.
Thursday, May 19, 5:30pm | Online
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A house designed by Lou Kahn
Yo! Modernism: The View from Philadelphia
The 2022 National Symposium of Docomomo US, a nonprofit dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement
Tuesday, May 31–Sunday, June 5 | In person; hosted by Weitzman
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