The Penn-China architectural connection

Penn’s Weitzman School of Design has a long history of collaboration in China, and large number of Chinese international students are undertaking adaptive reuse and historical preservation projects.

From the Weitzman School of Design

In the News

NBC Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway and how it was inspired by Paris’ Champs-Élysées

David Brownlee of the School of Arts & Sciences says the goal of the City Beautiful movement was to create a new American aesthetic, from industrial landscape to urban paradise.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia’s Market Street East searches for growth and renewal — with or without a new Sixers arena

Akira Drake Rodriguez, Rashida Ng, and Dominic Vitiello of the Weitzman School of Design say there should be a more robust and inclusive conversation about the future of Philadelphia’s Market Street East.


Chinatown residents brainstorm different ideas for Fashion District instead of proposed 76ers arena

Rashida Ng of the Weitzman School of Design and colleagues attended the Save Chinatown Coalition to propose different ideas besides the 76ers arena for Philadelphia’s Fashion District.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Emergency stabilization work finally begins at the historic Henry Ossawa Tanner House

The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights at the Weitzman School of Design has partnered with the Friends of the Tanner House to stabilize the historic building in North Philadelphia.


Interesting Engineering

Dragonfly wings used to design lighter, stronger and ‘greener’ Boeing 777 wings

Masoud Akbarzadeh of the Weitzman School of Design and Weitzman alum Hao Zheng are studying dragonfly wings to redesign the wings of a Boeing 777.


The Architect’s Newspaper

Penn moves forward with performing arts center designed by Steven Holl Architects

President Liz Magill comments on the new Student Performing Arts Center that will maximize visibility of creative life on campus.