Stuart Weitzman School of Design

Design on display 

For the first time since design became a major two years ago in the College of Arts and Sciences, 15 seniors created an in-person exhibition to showcase their final projects, interpreting the theme “in search of” in a variety of media.

Louisa Shepard

The Clean Water Act at 50

Approaching the half-century mark of this landmark piece of environmental legislation, Penn students, staff, and faculty share their reflections on its legacy, both strengths and shortcomings.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Speed cameras are saving lives and should stay

Erick Guerra of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design is quoted on the safety outcomes of speed cameras.

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CBS News

Black women have the highest eviction rates in the U.S. 

Akira Drake Rodriguez of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design says Black women are evicted more than any other group in the U.S., and housing insecurity is becoming a growing crisis.

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Architectural Record

In new exhibit, architecture bridges the U.S.-China divide 

William Whitaker of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design comments on the best and the brightest architects from China and an exhibition on view at Penn’s Frank Furness-designed Fisher Fine Arts Library that tells the story of Chinese modernism in two parts.   

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Scientific American

Where rising seas threaten drinking water, scientists look for affordable solutions

Research led by Allison Lassiter of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design aims to identify water systems along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that are vulnerable to saltwater intrusion. “Besides being unpleasant to drink, salinized water can harm vulnerable populations, including people with hypertension and pregnant women,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Low-income Philadelphians to receive no-strings-attached cash in antipoverty experiments

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stacia West, the co-founder and director of Penn’s Center for Guaranteed Income Research, spoke about the benefits of guaranteed income programs. Reina is helping design a pilot program for Philadelphia that will focus on housing outcomes.

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