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

David Brownlee


Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th Century European Art


David Brownlee is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th Centurey European Art 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 18th 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.

Affiliated PhD Student

Lee Ann Custer


Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania


Lee Ann Custer is a doctoral student in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the urban vernacular built environment and modern architectural history. Before coming to Penn, Lee Ann worked on a variety of architecture and urban studies initiatives, including the BMW Guggenheim Lab at the Guggenheim Museum and Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good at the American Pavilion of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Additionally, she has worked for SO – IL architects in New York, as well as for museum planning consultants Lord Cultural Resources. Lee Ann holds a BA in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. 


Faculty Fellow

Renata Holod


College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities

Curator, Near East Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Renata Holod is College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, History of Art Department; and Curator in the Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, both at the University of Pennsylvania. She has carried out archeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Central Asia, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

She is co-author and co-editor of City in the Desert (1978); Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today, Aperture, New York, (1983); The Mosque and the Modern World (1997); The City in the Islamic World (2008) and An Island Through Time: Jerba Studies (2009).

She was Convenor, Steering Committee Member, and Chair, Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; and was Director, Assessment Board, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2012-2013.

She sits on several advisory boards including the Fondation Max Van Berchem, Muqarnas, Annual in Islamic Art and Visual Culture; International Journal of Islamic Architecture; Ars Asiatiques; and Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University. She has served as President, Board of Trustees at The Ukrainian Museum June 2013 - June 2017. 


Selected Publications

Jayyuusi, Salma Khadra, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, Andre Raymond. 2008. The City in the Islamic World. Brill Academic Pub.

Holod, Renata and Hasan-Uddin Khan. 1997. The Mosque and the Modern World: Architects, Patrons, and Designs Since the 1950s. Thames and Hudson.

Holod, Renata, Hmet Evin, and Suha Özkan, eds. 1984. Modern Turkish Architecture, 1st ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Holod, Renata. 1983. Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. New York: Aperture.

Grabar, Oleg, Renata Holod, James Knustad, and William Trousdale. 1978. City in the Desert: An Account of the Archaeological Expedition to Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi, Syria. Harvard Middle East Monograph Series 23/24. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


Faculty Fellow

David Young Kim


Assistant Professor of Art History


David Young Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art in the School of Arts and Sciences. He teaches and researches Southern Renaissance art, with a focus on art literature, transcultural exchange, and material culture. He received his B.A. in English and French literature from Amherst College (1999) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (2009), in addition to attending the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7. Before joining the Penn faculty in 2013, he was a postdoctoral faculty fellow (wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the University of Zurich in Switzerland (2009-2013) and a visiting faculty member at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo in Brazil (2011-2013). In May 2017, he delivered the Tomàs Harris Lectures at the University College London. He received the 2017 Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching for his contributions to undergraduate education.


Selected Publications

Kim, David. Forthcoming. Authenticity and Art as Object: A Handbook of Terms. [compilation of keyword entries written by art history grad students as part of Mellon Object-Based Study Initiatives]

Kim, David. Forthcoming. “Stonework and Crack in Giovanni Bellini’s St. Francis in the Wilderness.” In Steinformen. Materialität, Qualität, Imitation, edited by Isabella Augart, Maurice Saß, and Iris Wenderholm. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter.

Kim, David. Forthcoming. “The Triumph and Pathos of Perspective.” In Urban Artefacts: Triumphal Arches and the Paragone between the Arts, edited by Alina Payne. Pisa: Scuola Normale di Pisa Press.

Kim, David. 2014. The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kim, David Y, ed. 2013. Matters of Weight: Force, Gravity, and Aesthetics in the Early Modern Period. Berlin: Edition Imorde.


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