It draws on Penn’s great strengths in design, urban studies, and the humanities, creating a multi-disciplinary setting for the study of the built environment in which students and faculty can share and combine their research and analytical methods in ways that will greatly enrich their work, heighten its impact, and increase their contributions to the creation of more inclusive, beautiful, resilient cities around the globe.
To this end, the initiative’s co-directors have convened both a nineteen-member steering committee and a twenty-one-member inaugural colloquium of faculty from multiple departments in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Design. The steering committee oversees the implementation of the overall initiative while the colloquium brings faculty from both design and humanities disciplines to share research, foster collaboration and build relationships.
- Eugenie L. Birch
Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research
- David Brownlee
Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor Chair of the Graduate Group
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