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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

Daniel Barber

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Assistant Professor and Associate Chair

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    About

    Daniel Barber is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Architecture in the School of Design. He is an architectural historian with a research interest in the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the twentieth century. His research looks at the role of architectural technologies in the infrastructural and territorial transformations of the immediate post-World War II period in the United States. Barber’s first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. It documents the brief but dynamic interest in solar houses in the 1940s and 50s; he has also published recently on connections between architectural design methods and climate science. He approaches research and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating narratives and methods from histories of technology, science, politics, economics, and environmentalism.

    Selected Publications

    Barber, Daniel. 2014. Tomorrow’s House: Solar Housing in 1940s America. In Technology and Culture (forthcoming)

    Barber, Daniel. 2013. “Visualizing Renewable Resources. In Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style,” 164-180, William Braham and Daniel Willis, eds. New York: Routledge.

    Barber, Daniel. 2013. “Experimental Dwellings: Modern Architecture and Environmental Research at the M.I.T. Solar Energy Fund,” 1938-1963. In A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the “Techno-Social” Moment, 283-316, Arindam Dutta, ed. Cambridge: MIT Press.

    Barber, Daniel. 2013. The World Solar Energy Project, ca. 1954. Grey Room (Quarterly), 51: 64-93.

    Barber, Daniel. 2011. Making Design Environmental. Pidgin Magazine, 10: 246-259.

    Faculty Fellow

    Jonathan Barnett

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    Professor Emeritus of Practice in City and Regional Planning; Director, Urban Design Program

    About

    Jonathan Barnett is Professor Emeritus of Practice in City and Regional Planning and Director of the Urban Design Program in the School of Design. He is an architect and planner as well as an educator, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory and practice of city design. He has been an advisor to the cities of Charleston, SC, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Norfolk, Omaha, and Pittsburgh in the United States, as well as Xiamen and Tianjin in China. He has been the William Henry Bishop visiting professor at Yale, the Eschweiler Professor at the University of Wisconsin, the Kea Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, and the Sam Gibbons Eminent Scholar at the University of South Florida. Jonathan Barnett was awarded the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Design and Regional Planning as well as the Athena Medal from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

    Selected Publications

    Barnett, Jonathan. 2011. City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green, and Systems Perspective.  Routledge, 2011.

    Jonathan. 1995. The Fractured Metropolis: Improving the New City, Restoring the Old City. New York: HarperCollins Publishers

    Barnett, Jonathan. 1986. The Elusive City: Five Centuries of Design, Ambition, and Miscalculation. New York: Harper and Row.

    Barnett, Jonathan. 1982. Introduction to Urban Design. New York: Harper and Row.

    Barnett, Jonathan. 1974. Urban Design as Public Policy. New York: Architectural Records Books. 

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Timothy Beatley

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    Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities

    Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

    About

    Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Beatley’s work focuses on creating sustainable communities and cultivating creative strategies through which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints. Beatley is an author of or contributor to more than fifteen books concerning sustainability. 

    Selected Publications

    Beatley, Timothy, David Brower and Anna K. Schwab. 2001. An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 2005. Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 1999. Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 2010. Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy, Peter Newman and Heather Boyer. 2009. Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 1999. Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Peter Hendee Brown

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    Urban Development Consultant; Lecturer, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

    About

    Peter Hendee Brown is an urban development consultant to public, private, and nonprofit organizations including the City of Minneapolis and Target Corporation. He teaches private sector development at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and he has also taught urban design and site planning.  Brown’s research program draws upon his multi-disciplinary background in architecture, planning, government administration, and real estate development, connecting his experience as a practitioner with teaching and writing about urban redevelopment from multiple viewpoints. In 2009, Brown published his acclaimed book America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment. The book focuses on four major port-based cities in the United States, analyzes their history, and considers the challenges and opportunities of waterfront redevelopment. Brown is currently completing a book about how real estate developers think for people who study them and work with them, from planners and architects to elected officials, city staff, and members of the community.

    Selected Publications

    Brown, Peter Hendee. 2014, forthcoming. Selling Dreams:  How Real Estate Developers Think About Design, Profits, and the Community. Philadelphia, PA: The University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Brown, Peter Hendee and Peter V. Hall. 2013. “Ports and Waterfronts.” In Infrastructure Planning and Finance: A Smart and Sustainable Guide, Vicki Elmer and Adam Liegland, eds. New York: Routledge Press.

    Brown, Peter Hendee. 2013. “The Delaware River Port Authority.” In The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Charlene Mires, Howard Gillette, and Randall Miller, eds. Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden. Available online; Print volume to be published by The University of Pennsylvania Press (forthcoming).

    Brown, Peter Hendee. 2011. “The Diversified Waterfront and the New Port Authority.” In The Port City in the XXI Century: New Challenges in the Relationship between Port and City, Rinio Bruttomesso and Joan Alemany, eds. Venice: RETE.

    Brown, Peter Hendee. 2008. America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment. Philadelphia, PA: The University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    David Brownlee

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    Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art

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    Areas of Interest

      About

      David Brownlee is Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is a historian of modern architecture whose interests embrace a wide range of subjects in Europe and America, from the late eighteenth century to the present. Brownlee has won numerous fellowships, and his work has earned three major publication prizes from the Society of Architectural Historians. He is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

      Selected Publications

      Brownlee, David, and Derek Gillman. 2012. The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission. New York: Skira Rizzoli.

      Brownlee, David, David De Long, and Kathryn Hiesinger. 2001. Out of the Ordinary: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates: Architecture, Urbanism, Design. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

      Thomas, George and David Brownlee. 2000. Building America’s First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Brownlee, David. 1997. Making a Modern Classic: The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

      Brownlee, David B. and David G. De Long. 1991. Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International Publications.

      Brownlee, David. 1989. Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

      Faculty Fellow

      Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

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      Assistant Professor

      About

      Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is a landscape architecture historian whose current 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) was recognized by the Society of Architectural Historians with the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award in 2010. Fabiani Giannetto chaired the “Foreign Trends on American Soil” symposium at the School of Design, discussing the range of influences in American garden and landscape design since the eighteenth century. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught landscape architecture at the University of Maryland. Fabiani Giannetto is the recipient of a fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks for the year 2014-15. While at Dumbarton Oaks she will complete her new book project, "From Palladian Villa to American Plantation: Gardens and the Ideology of Country Living."

      Selected Publications

      Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella, 2013. "The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia," in 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, Mirka Beneš and Michael Lee (eds.), Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

      Faculty Fellow

      David Leatherbarrow

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      Professor of Architecture

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      Areas of Interest

        About

        David Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture in the School of Design. He teaches courses in architectural theory and design studios in the graduate and undergraduate programs, supervises research, and directs the Ph.D. program. His primary research interests include history and theory of architecture and the city. Prior to coming to Penn, Leatherbarrow taught theory and design at the Polytechnic of Central London and Cambridge University, England. He is the recipient of the Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the Canadian Center of Architecture (1997-98). 

        Selected Publications

        Leatherbarrow, David. 2004. Topographical Stories: Studies in Landscape and Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

        Leatherbarrow, David. 2002. Uncommon Ground: Architecture, Technology, Topography. Cambridge: MIT Press.

        Leatherbarrow, David. 1993. Roots of Architectural Invention: Site, Enclosure, Materials. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

        Mostafavi, Moshen, and David Leatherbarrow. 1993. On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time. Cambridge: MIT Press.

        Penn IUR Scholar

        Dongquan Li

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        Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Management, Renmin University of China

        About

        Donqquan Li is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University of China. Her current research focuses on urban design and community planning and management. She has also written extensively on modern Chinese urban planning. Prior to her time at Renmin University, Li was a faculty member in the Department of Architecture at Qingdao Institute of Architecture and Engineering and the School of Environmental Science at Peking University.

        Selected Publications

        Li, Dongquan and Hui Li. 2008. A Discussion about the Improvement of Urban Planning Institution Based on the Concept of Public Policy. Urban Studies, 4: 64-68.

        Li, Dongquan and Yixing Zhou. 2007. Historical Study on the Relationship Between Urban Planning and Urban Development. New Architecture, 2: 16-22.

        Li, Dongquan. 2007. Historical Study and Revelation on the Relationship Between Urban Planning and Urban Development of Qingdao in Modern Times. Journal of Chinese Historical Geography, 22(2): 125-136.

        Li, Dongquan and Yixing Zhou. 2006. An Experiment of Modern Chinese Urban Planning. Urban Studies, 13(3): 14-21.

        Li, Dongquan and Yixing Zhou. 2006. Qingdao: Its Status in History and in the Evolution of Modern Urban Planning. City Planning Review, 30(4): 54-59.

        Faculty Fellow

        Christopher Marcinkoski

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        Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

        Founding Director, PORT Architecture + Urbanism

        School/Department

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Christopher Marcinkoski is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed architect and founding director of PORT A+U, a leading-edge urban design consultancy with ongoing projects in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia.  Prior to his appointment at Penn, Marcinkoski was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations in New York where he led that office’s large-scale urban design work including the QianHai Water City in Shenzhen and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. Marcinkoski’s current research uses the urbanistic crisis that emerged in Spain over the first decade of the 21st century as a platform for considering the increasingly speculative nature of contemporary urbanization, and in particular, the disciplinary implications for the design and planning professions engaged in the work that comprises this phenomenon. His forthcoming book on the subject is titled The City That Never Was – Urbanization After the Bubble.

          Selected Publications

          Marcinkoski, C. 2014. “The City That Never Was: Engaging Speculative Urbanization Through the Logics of Landscape,” Daniel Czechowski (ed.) Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts between Nature and Design. Taylor & Francis.

          Marcinkoski, C. 2014. Notes on the Horizontal: Landscape-Driven Strategies for the Vertical Cities Challenge,” 2013 Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition + Symposium. National University of Singapore and World Future Foundation.

          Marcinkoski, C. 2013. “A Brief History of Speculative Urbanization,” Bernd Upmeyer (ed.) MONU 19 Greater Urbanism. Rotterdam, Netherlands: BOARD Publishers.

          Marcinkoski, C. 2013. Anticipating the City That Never Was. American Collegiate Schools of Architecture 101st Annual Conference.

          Marcinkoski, C. 2013. Re-Cultivating the Forest City. American Collegiate Schools of Architecture 101st Annual Conference.

          Faculty Fellow

          Anuradha Mathur

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          Professor and Associate Chair

          About

          Anuradha Mathur is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department 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. In April, 2011 she conceived and curated an international symposium titled In the Terrain of Water, at the School of Design.  

          Selected Publications

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

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

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

          Penn IUR Scholar

          Suzana Pasternak

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          Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo

          About

          Suzana Pasternak is Professor of Architecture and Urbanization at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo, where she teaches courses on urbanization, demography, and housing. Her work focuses on housing services in developing urban areas and includes research on the development of and life in Sao Paulo’s squatter settlements. 

          Selected Publications

          Pasternak, Suzana. 2012. Mudanças na Estrutura Sócio-ocupacional das Metrópoles Brasileiras. Cadernos Metrópole (PUC-SP), 14: 233-278.

          Pasternak, Suzana and Lucia Maria Machado Bógus. 2011. A Dinâmica Espacial da Desigualdade na Região Metropolitana de São Paulo. Estudos sobre Urbanização, Arquitetura e Preservação, 47: 1-88.

          Pasternak, Suzana and Lucia Maria Machado Bógus Bógus. 2011. Urbanização, Meio Ambiente e Saúde em São Paulo. InterfacEHS (Ed. Português), 6: 51-72.

          Pasternak, Suzana. 2011. O Estado de São Paulo no Censo 2010. Nyssa, 199: 24.

          Pasternak, Suzana. 2010. Loteamentos Irregulares No Município de São Paulo: Uma Avaliação Espacial Urbanística. Planejamento e Politicas Publicas, 1: 131-170.

          Faculty Fellow

          Witold Rybczynski

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          Martin and Margy Meyerson Emeritus Professor of Urbanism

          School/Department

          Areas of Interest

            About

            Witold Rybczynski is an Emeritus Professor of Urbanism in the School of Design. His research interests include urbanism and housing. Previously Professor of Architecture at McGill University, Montreal, Rybczynski 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, the Seaside Prize, and Collaborative Honors by the American Institute of Architects. Rybczynski has designed and built houses as a registered architect, as well as doing practical experiments in low-cost housing, which took him to Mexico, Nigeria, India, the Philippines, and China. He has been architecture critic for Saturday Night, Wigwag, and Slate. He has written for the Atlantic, New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books. His op-ed pieces on architecture and urbanism have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Views. 

            Selected Publications

            Rybczynski, Witold. 2001. The Look of Architecture. Oxford University Press.

            Rybczynski, Witold. 2007. Last Harvest. Scribner

            Rybczynski, Witold. 2010. Makeshift Metropolis. Scribner.

            Rybczynski, Witold. 2011. The Biography of a Building. Thames & Hudson.

            Rybczynski, Witold. 2013. How Architecture Works. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 

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