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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Affiliated PhD Student

Michael Brinley


PhD Candidate, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania


Michael Brinley is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include sovie history, modern russian history, historic preservation, citizenship and urban studies. Prior to coming to Penn, he received his MA from the University of Washington and hi BA from Pepperdine University.


Penn IUR Scholar

Daniel Campo


Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Built Environment Studies, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University


Daniel Campo is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Campo’s research explores informal, insurgent and do-it-yourself development practices and their intersection with professional urban planning, design and preservation. His book, The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned was named by the New York Times as one of a ten book “urban canon” of suggested reading for the New York City Mayor. Campo has also published articles on a range of urban topics, including public space studies, downtown and waterfront revitalization, historic preservation, history of the built environment, shrinking cities, and urban arts and culture. His current research examines sub-professional and grassroots efforts to preserve, reuse and enjoy iconic but decaying industrial complexes across the North American Rustbelt. 


Selected Publications

Campo, Daniel, “Iconic Eyesores: Exploring Do-it-yourself Preservation and Civic Improvement at Abandoned Train Stations in Buffalo and Detroit,” Journal of Urbanism 7-4 (2014).

Campo, Daniel, “Postindustrial Futures: Adaptive Reuse versus ‘as is’ Preservation,” in Schwarz, Terry, ed., Historic Preservation and Urban Change (Cleveland: Kent State University, 2014).

Campo, Daniel, The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

Ryan, Brent D. and Daniel Campo, “Autotopia’s End: The Decline and Fall of Detroit’s Automotive Manufacturing Landscape,” Journal of Planning History 12-2 (2013).

Campo, Daniel, “In the Footsteps of the Federal Writers’ Project: Revisiting the Workshop of the World,” Landscape Journal 29-2 (2010).

Campo, Daniel and Brent D. Ryan, “The Entertainment Zone: Unplanned Nightlife and the Revitalization of the American Downtown,” Journal of Urban Design 13-3 (2008).


Faculty Fellow

Randall Mason


Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Historic Preservation


Areas of Interest


    Randall Mason is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation in the School of Design. His courses focus on historic preservation planning, urban conservation, history, and cultural landscape studies. Mason’s research interests include theory and methods of preservation planning, cultural policy, the economics of preservation, historic site management, the history and design of memorials, and the history of historic preservation. He leads the Center for Research on Preservation and Society, which undertakes applied research projects on site management and on social, economic and political aspects of historic preservation. Before joining the Penn faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. Previous positions include Assistant Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland, and adjunct faculty in landscape architecture at RISD. His professional experience includes several years of consulting practice and co-founding the nonprofit research group Minerva Partners (which develops projects to strengthen the connections between heritage conservation and social development). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, and was the 2012-13 National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize winner at the American Academy in Rome.


    Selected Publications

    Mason, Randall. 2012. “Broadway as a Memory Site.” In The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, edited by Hilary Ballon. New York City: Columbia University Press.

    Mason, Randall. 2009. The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City. University of Minnesota Press.

    Page, Max and Randall Mason, eds. 2004. Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States. Routlege.


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