architecture school desk decentralization

Students are not assigned desks. They move from space to space, desk to desk, performing different tasks, and interacting with different members of the school as well as the University at large.

building program and generative ideas

When the University of Pennsylania was conceived, the four colleges then in existence in the English colonies – Harvard, William & Mary, Yale, and Princeton – were all schools for educating the clergy rather than preparing their students for lives of business and public service. This ethos of pragmatism, economy, and functionality was to be expressed in the campus’ architecture. Circumscribing the Blanche P Levy Park, UPenn’s original quad, are buildings that eschew histrionics and embrace an infrastructural and industrial quality as a way of manifesting an academic ideology.