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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

About

Daniel Barber is an Assistant Professor 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 20th 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, documents the brief but dynamic interest in solar houses in the 1940s and 50s. His second book, Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Planetary Interior will explore climate-focused architectural design methods from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Barber 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. 2018 (forthcoming). Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Planetary Interior. Princeton University Press.

Barber, Daniel. 2017. “The Nature of the Image: Olgyay and Olgyay's Architectural-Climatic Diagrams in the 1950s.” Public Culture 29(1): 129-164.

Barber, Daniel. 2016. “Introduction to Architectural History in the Anthropocene.” The Journal of Architecture 21(8): 1165-1170. 

Barber, Daniel. 2016. House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War. New York: Oxford University Press.

Barber, Daniel. 2016. “The Form and Climate Research Group; or, Scales of Architectural History in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, edited by James Graham, Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver, and Jacob Moore, 303-318. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.

Faculty Fellow

David Leatherbarrow

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Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture

School/Department

Areas of Interest

    About

    David Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Group in 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.

    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.

    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.

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