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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

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

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Assistant Professor

About

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is a landscape architecture historian whose research interests focus on the Italian Renaissance garden, its legacy and historiography, as well as contemporary landscape architecture. Her first book, Medici Gardens: From Making to Design (University of Pennsylvania Press) won the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book of the Year Award in 2010. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught landscape architecture at the University of Maryland and at the Ohio State University. Fabiani Giannetto is currently working on a new manuscript titled Georgic Grounds and Gardens: From Palladio’s Villas to American Plantations, which examines the role of England in the transmission of ideas about gardens and agriculture from 16th-century Veneto to colonial America. An offspring of her research is the theme of conference she will host at the School of Design in November 2017, The Culture of Cultivation: Designing with Agriculture. 

Selected Publications

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2016. Foreign Trends in American Gardens: A History of Exchange, Adaptation and Reception. University of Virginia Press.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2013. "The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia." Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment 3(1): 102-114.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2011. “Grafting the Edelweiss on Cactus Plants: The 1931 Italian Garden Exhibition and Its Legacy." In Clio in the Italian Garden, edited by Mirka Beneš and Michael Lee. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2009. Paolo Bürgi Landscape Architect, Discovering the (Swiss) Horizon: Mountain, Lake, and Forest. Princeton Architectural Press.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2008. Medici Gardens: From Making to Design. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Faculty Fellow

David Gouverneur

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Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

David Gouverneur is Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture at the School of Design and Honorary Professor of the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Previously, he was the Chair of the School of Architecture and Professor in the Departments of Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at Universidad Simón Bolívar; Director of Urban Development of Venezuela; Co-founder and Professor of the Urban Design program, and Director of the Mayor's Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, in Caracas. He is the two-time recipient of the G. Holmes Perkins Award for distinguished teaching at PennDesign and co-recipient of the Venezuelan National Architecture award in 2000 and in 2016. His professional practice focuses on improvement of existing informal settlements, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, areas of new centralities, new mixed-use districts, and the rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. His main area of research focuses on the notion of Informal Armatures, a method to address the rampant Self-Constructed urbanization, the dominant urban form in many countries of the Global South. He has lectured extensively, written articles and organized seminars and workshops, particularly in Latin America. He received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980), and B.Arch from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977). 

Selected Publications

Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City. Routledge 2014.

El diseño de nuevos asentamientos informales. Universidad de La Salle/Universidad Eafit, Colombia, 2016

Editor of Revisiting Urban Renewal: Alternatives for Public Housing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. PennDesign/Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012

Co author of: The Rehabilitation of the Littoral Central, Venezuela, with the support of Universidad Metropolitana/Harvard University,Toddman Editores, Caracas, 2000.

 

Faculty Fellow

Anuradha Mathur

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Professor

About

Anuradha Mathur is of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is an architect and landscape architect. In collaboration with her partner, Dilip da Cunha, she has focused her artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Bangalore, Mumbai and, most recently, Jerusalem. An underlying thread in Mathur’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice. 

Selected Publications

Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2014. Design in the Terrain of Water. Philadelphia, PA: Applied Research + Design Publishing.

Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2009. Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary. National Gallery of Modern Art/Rupa and Co.

Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2006. Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain. Rupa and Co.

Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2001. Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

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. 

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