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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

Witold Rybczynski

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Martin and Margy Meyerson Emeritus Professor of Urbanism

About

Witold Rybczynski is Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism in the Department of Architecture in the in the School of Design. He taught classes in design and development, architectural theory, and a freshman seminar on contemporary architecture. His research interests include urbanism and housing. He is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2007, he was awarded the Vincent Scully Prize, a National Design Award, and Collaborative Honors by the American Institute of Architects. He currently serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

Rybczynski has authored many acclaimed books including Home (1986), translated into ten languages; The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989); City Life (1995); A Clearing in the Distance (1999), a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted and winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize; The Look of Architecture (2000), and The Perfect House, on the villas of Palladio, among others. He contributes regularly on architecture and urbanism to Architect and has been architecture critic for the on-line magazine Slate. He was also Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School, and founding co-editor of the Wharton Real Estate Review.

Selected Publications

Rybczynski, Witold. 2016. Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos To Plastic Chair: A Natural History, with drawings by the author. Farrar, Straus And Giroux.

Rybczynski, Witold. 2015. Mysteries Of The Mall: And Other Essays. Farrar, Straus And Giroux.

Rybczynski, Witold. 2013. How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit. Farrar, Straus And Giroux.

Rybczynski, Witold. 2011. The Biography Of A Building: How Robert Sainsbury And Norman Foster Built A Great Museum.Thames And Hudson.

Rybczynski, Witold. 2010. Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities. Scribner.

Penn IUR Scholar

Harris M. Steinberg

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Executive Director, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture and Interiors

About

Harris M. Steinberg is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture and Interiors in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. He acted as the founding Executive Director of PennPraxis and an Adjunct Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. PennPraxis is the clinical arm of the School of Design, with the mission of fosteromg faculty and student collaboration on real world projects across the school’s five disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation and fine arts. From 2003 until 2006, Harris was the Director of the Center for Innovation in Affordable Housing Design. He was a Lecturer at PennDesign from 1998 to 2003 and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in PennDesign’s Architecture Department from 2003 to 2006. Harris’ professional experience includes work at Venturi Raunch Scott Brown and Geddes Brecher Qualis Cunningham. He was the founding partner of Steinberg & Schade Architects and Steinberg & Stevens Architects. Harris’s work at PennPraxis focuses on large-scale civic conversations about thorny urban design challenges.  From 2006 to 2007, he led the landmark Civic Vision for the Central Delaware Riverfront, which brought more than four thousand Philadelphians together to build a vision plan for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware riverfront. The project changed planning history and culture in Philadelphia and ushered in a new era of waterfront development for the city. He subsequently led the creation of Green2015 for the City of Philadelphia, an action plan to add 500 acres of park to the city by 2015, and most recently released the More Park, Less Way report to activate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Harris is currently working on a vision and action plan for Fairmount Park—a project that looks at how to update and transform a 2400-acre, nineteenth-century watershed park for the twenty-first century.

Selected Publications

Steinberg, H.M. “On the Role of the Public and the Press in the Creation of a Civic Vision for the Central Delaware.” P. Latz and  R. Gessler (eds.) Entwicklung von Analyse- und Methodenrepertoires zur Reintegration von altindustriellen Standorten in Urbane Funkionsraume n Fallbeispielen in Deutschland und den USA. Technical University of Munich, 2010: 397-407.

Steinberg, H.M. “Philadelphia in the Year 2059.” S.G. Knowles (ed.) Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009: 112-144.

Daniels, T.L. and Steinberg, H.M. “Lessons from Sri Lanka.” E.L. Birch and S. Wachter (eds.) Rebuilding Urban Places after Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006: 244-255.

Sokoloff, H.J., Steinberg H.M. and Pyser, S.N. “Deliberative City Planning on the Philadelphia Waterfront.” J. Gastil and P. Levine (eds). The Deliberative Democracy Handbook. Jossey-Bass, 2005: 185-196.

 

Faculty Fellow

Nancy Steinhardt

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Professor of East Asian Art

Penn Museum Curator of Chinese Art

About

Nancy Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Curator of Chinese Art at the Penn Museum. She received her PhD. at Harvard in 1981 and was a Junior Fellow at Harvard from 1978-81. Steinhardt taught at Bryn Mawr from 1981-1982 before coming to Penn in 1982. Her research focuses on the art, architecture, and archaeology of China, Korea, and Japan from the 2nd through the 14th centuries; she has done fieldwork in all three countries. Steinhardt is particularly interested in how Chinese art is borrowed, adopted, adapted, and reinterpreted at China's borders. Her current research projects are "The Borders of Chinese Architecture" and "Chinese Architecture under Mongolian Rule."

Selected Publications

Steinhardt, Nancy, editor, with Xinian Fu, author, and Alexandra Harrer, translator. 2017. Chinese Architecture: Twelve Lectures. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Steinhardt, Nancy. 2015. China’s Early Mosques. Edinburgh University Press.

Steinhardt, Nancy.2014. Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil, 200-600. University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Steinhardt, Nancy, Jeffrey W. Cody, and Tony Atkin, eds. 2011. Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts. University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Faculty Fellow

Marilyn Jordan Taylor

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Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

About

Marilyn Jordan Taylor is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She was Dean of the School of Design from 2008-2016. She is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in urban design, as well as a woman pioneer in the fields of architecture, planning, and construction. A Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP (SOM) and the first woman to serve as Chairman of SOM, she is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a thirty-five-year career with SOM, she led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as chairman (2005-07) of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment.

Selected Publications

Taylor, Marilyn Jordan. 2009. “Urban design looking forward.” In Urban Design, edited by Alex Krieger and William S. Saunders. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Taylor, Marilyn Jordan. 2007. “On recent urban design and tall buildings.” In Harvard Design Magazine 26.

Faculty Fellow

C. Dana Tomlin

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Professor of Landscape Architecture

About

C. Dana Tomlin is Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He joined the faculty in 1991 after having taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Ohio State University School of Natural Resources. A recipient of the Perkins and Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching, Tomlin’s work focuses on the development and application of geographic information systems (GIS). He is a founder of Penn’s Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, originator of Map Algebra, author of its definitive text, and a member of the GIS Hall of Fame.

Selected Publications

Tomlin, C.D. 2017. "Map Algebra." In The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Wiley.

Tomlin, C.D. 2016. The Worm’s Eye View from a Bird’s Eye Perspective. In Griffith, Chun, and Dean, Eds. Advances in GeoComputation. Springer.

Tomlin, C.D. 2013. GIS and Cartographic Modeling. Esri Press.

Tomlin, C.D. 2011. "Mapping What Isn't Quite There." Perspecta 44 (44): 145-152. 

Tomlin, C.D. 2010. "Modeling Radial Propagation in a Grid." International Journal of Geographic Information Science 24(9).

Faculty Fellow

Richard Weller

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Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism

Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture

About

Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design. Throughout his career he has worked simultaneously as an academic and a consultant specializing in the formative stages of projects ranging from gardens to plazas, memorials, museums, suburbs and waterfronts. He is former director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 and the Australian Urban Design Research Center. His research projects have involved scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations. His current research concerns urbanization in the world’s biodiversity hotspots. In over 30 years practice he has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design. He has published 4 books and over 90 single-authored papers. Weller sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington and is the founder and Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+. A devoted teacher, he was honored with an Australian National Teaching Award in 2012 for “sustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems.” He teaches in three subject areas: advanced design studios at all scales, urban design history and theory, and historical and contemporary ideas of Nature. Weller’s designs, research and writing can be found here.

Selected Publications

Weller, Richard. 2017. “Atlas for the End of the World.” http://atlas-for-the-end-of-the-world.com/.

Weller, Richard. 2014. “Stewardship now? Reflections on Landscape Architecture's raison d'être in the 21st century.” Landscape Journal 33(2).

Weller, Richard. 2013. Made in Australia: The Future of Australian Cities. UWA Publishing.

Weller, Richard. 2009. Boomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City. UWA Publishing.

Weller, Richard. 2005. Room 4.1.3: Innovations in Landscape Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Faculty Fellow

Richard Wesley

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Adjunct Professor, Undergraduate Chair

About

Richard Wesley is Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Undergraduate Chair of Architecture in the School of Design. He teaches undergraduate senior architectural design studios and the senior theory seminar on cultural ecology. He also teaches the design fundamentals studio for the Integrated Product Design program, a joint program offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Design, and the Wharton Business School. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Notre Dame, and Harvard. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Design Fellowship, and principal of Wesley Architects in Philadelphia, PA. Wesley’s publications on architectural theory have appeared in Architecture Monograph, Harvard Architecture Review, Rassegna, VIA, RES, and Harvard Design Magazine. 

Selected Publications

Wesley, Richard. 2014. “Edenic Affinities.” In Critical Juncture, edited by Louise Noelle Gras and Sara Topelson. Mexico City: Docomomo México and Universidad Iberoamericana.

Wesley, Richard. 2017. “Villa Savoye—Building on a Clear Horizon.” In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the History of Architecture, edited by Harry Malgrave. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Wesley, Richard. 2012. “Robert Le Ricolais and the Search for Automorphic Structure." Via Books 2: 56-73.

Wesley, Richard. 2011. “Living and Working in Paradise.” In The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture, edited by Renata Hejduk and Jim Williamson. New York: Routledge.

Penn IUR Scholar

Chunxia Yang

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PHD, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

About

Chunxia Yang is an associate professor of Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. She has been active in professional teaching, research and real projects for 15 years. She was awarded “Shanghai Pujiang Talents” in 2011. Her research mainly focuses on urban design and regeneration, waterfront development. She achieves 1 national research program which is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China and 2 provincial research programs. She has published 1 book and over 30 papers. She teaches “Urban Design Critics and Cases Studies” and several joint urban design programs between Tongji University and overseas universities and institutes, including Princeton University, Washington University, Vienna University of Technology, etc. She is also in charge of the dual-degree program between Tongji University and Georgia Institute of Technology. She takes charge and takes part in multiple real projects, gets 3 national awards and 9 provincial awards. Recently, her main project of Urban Design for Tangqi old town in Hangzhou was constructed according to the design. The Town has been the model of Urban Regeneration for Chinese historical water town.

Selected Publications

Yang, Chunxia. 2006 (first edition) and 2014 (second edition). The Urban Form and Design of Cross-river Cities. Nanjing: Southeast University Press.

Yang, Chunxia. 2014. Encourage the “Synergetic Development” between Bridge and City——Break Through the Trouble of “City-Bridge Disjointed Design”. Urban Planning. 4: 58-64

Yang, Chunxia and Hu, Yankang. 2014. Optimizing Chinese Motorized Transportation Modes to Support Cross-River Public Activities. Applied Mechanics and Materials. 6: 856-861

Yang, Chunxia and Lu, Jiwei. 2008. Fully Using the Ecological Resources, Optimizing the Organization of Blue, Green and Red Lines in Waterfront Areas. Urban Planning Forum. 5: 102-105

Yang, Chunxia. 2006. The Architectural Consideration of Bridge Design. Architectural Journal. 5: 67-70

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