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As the world’s population grows, so does the problem of affordable housing. In some rapidly growing urban areas, particularly in developing countries, the only recourse is to build your own. The informal settlements that pop up on the edges of many modern cities are often derided as problem areas or slums, ramshackle neighborhoods beset with...

The commemorative piece to highlight Penn State’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will be designed by Juan Ruescas, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, the University Commemorative Committee announced. The landmark “All In” piece, which will evoke a forest with tree elements of different heights and sizes inviting...

An interdisciplinary Penn State team led by Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture faculty members Shadi Nazarian and José Duarte earned second place and a $150,000 prize in NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenge competition established to develop the technology necessary to create shelters to support the...

The Corbelletti Competition – named for past Department of Architecture head Raniero Corbelletti (1968–88) – traditionally marks the start of a new school year for Penn State architecture students, and 2017 is no exception. Competition brief authors Leonidas Papalampropoulos and Georgia Syriopoulou opened the competition and delivered a series of...

Dr. Mintai Kim joins the faculty of Penn State’s online Geodesign graduate program this fall. He will be teaching GEODZ 826 – Change and Representation. Kim is also an associate professor in the landscape architecture program within the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, and, as stated in his faculty bio: "His research focuses on...

Lisa Iulo, associate professor of architecture, has been named director of the Hamer Center for Community Design for a three-year term, July 2017–June 2020. Iulo's career has demonstrated a commitment to engaged community research within Pennsylvania. Her current and future focus aligns well with the Hamer Center mission and past activities. Iulo...

Landscape architecture assistant professor Jennifer Birkeland, along with Jonathon Scelsa, has been awarded the 2017–18 Mark Hampton Rome Prize for Design. Birkeland and Scelsca are partners in the firm op.AL. Their award-winning proposal is titled, "The Roman Roof-Scape – The Atrium as Landscape–Urban Infrastructure." For more information, read...

The best way for students to learn about geodesign is to apply their learning to real world projects, especially because many of the online students are already in the workforce. Jim Sipes is a faculty member for the online Geodesign program at Penn State and renowned designer with Sand County Studios. He developed a project to investigate the new...

In fall 2016, five Penn State architecture and landscape architecture students registered for a small independent study course with a big project — redesigning and updating the cobblestone forecourt at the entrance of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. The students worked with Frances Wolf, First Lady of Pennsylvania, to improve...

Second-year M.Arch. student Ambikesh Mishra has been awarded a second prize in the 2017 Lyceum Fellowship Competition. His project – Reconstructing Associations – for a library at Audubon Terrace in New York City is designed to be a birds' habitat that not only supports species diversity, but also reminds users of the ornithologist John James...