Penn dedicates its newest building: the Annenberg Public Policy Center


The new home of the Annenberg Public Policy Center was dedicated Nov. 4 with the designer of the building, world-renowned architect Fumihiko Maki, on campus for the ceremonies.

At the dedication, Maki, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for excellence in architecture, delivered the fourth annual Leonore Annenberg Lecture in Public Service and Global Understanding. His talk, titled “Making the Annenberg Public Policy Center: From Concept to Realization,” was followed by guided tours of the glass and wood structure, recently completed along the 36th Street Walk, near Walnut Street.

“The Annenberg School and Public Policy Center are among Walter and Lee Annenberg’s most important legacies at Penn,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communication at Penn’s Annenberg School and APPC director. “Our beautiful new building realizes her dream that the Policy Center have a permanent home in the heart of the Penn campus adjoining the Annenberg School.

“As we dedicate the building, we rededicate ourselves to the mission they set for us: creating research that makes a difference in the life of the nation and its citizens. By doing so, we honor their vision and memory,” Jamieson said.

The new building houses more than a dozen APPC institutes, centers and offices, including the National Annenberg Election Survey, and the Media and the Developing Child research effort. The building also is home to the Annenberg School’s Center for Global Communications Studies.

The building came about through a $42 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. In 1993, the Annenbergs founded the APPC to generate scholarship that translates research in political communication, health communication, media and the developing child and information and society into real-world applications.