The Stuckeman Advisory Board is an aspirational group that assists the school in understanding what is important and/or emerging in our design professions, thereby helping to guide our future.
Shape the world!
The Stuckeman School, which houses undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design, prepares the designers of tomorrow to shape the world in which we live through thoughtful, collaborative, and forward-thinking design solutions that impact virtually every aspect of our lives. Each of these programs – including professional and research-focused courses of study – is taught by leaders and designed to produce leaders, and consistently high national rankings and job placement rates attest to the success of our programs and graduates. The Stuckeman School is not just a design school – it’s an incubator of ideas, a place to problem-solve, and the next step in your design education.
Creativity, excellence, and inclusion in the Stuckeman School
In the Stuckeman School, we know that creativity and innovation are multiplied exponentially through a diversity of perspectives. Our school is a learning and research community devoted to design solutions for the physical, environmental, and cultural challenges of contemporary society. We value learning and working experiences that are inclusive and equitable in serving all people, regardless of gender, race, ability, sexuality, national origin, citizenship status, religion, or socioeconomic standing. In the Stuckeman School, we strive to build a culture of excellence and inclusion where our students and faculty feel a deep sense of pride, passion, and belonging.
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J. Ryan UlshB.Des. in Graphic Design 2012
J. Ryan Ulsh is a New York City-based photographer, art director and entrepreneur. He started his own successful business specializing in art direction, photography, and prop styling for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle clients, including Elle and GQ magazines, Carolina Herrera, and Urban Outfitters.
Research Centers + Initiatives
Stuckeman Center for Design Computing
The SCDC is a multidisciplinary community of researchers exploring computation as a subject of creative and scholarly inquiry in design across scales and modes of engagement
Hamer Center for Community Design
The Hamer Center serves as a laboratory for community partnerships that integrate socio-economic and environmental conscious resolution to design and planning problems.
Ecology + Design
E+D engages research-activated design intervention that seeks to significantly improve the ecological health of the designed world, particularly in the areas of biodiversity, energy, risk and hazard, and water systems.
Join the Stuckeman Industry Partner Program
The collaboration between higher education and industry, practitioners, and foundations is a leading force in developing innovations that can be quickly assimilated into practices that result in real impact. Our Industry Partners help advance the Stuckeman School’s Mission of preparing the designers of tomorrow to shape the world in which we live.
Learn about the Industry Partner Program
Stuckeman Family Building
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
Digital Fabrication Lab
Immersive Environments Lab
Remote Collaboration Lab
Professor of Architecture; Affiliate faculty member: Penn State Rock Ethics Institute
Sandra Staub’s research focuses on how our built environment shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of culture. As a member of the Department of Architecture’s Culture, Society and Space Research Cluster, Staub has supervised research projects that have examined cultural aspects of housing and urban spaces in countries as diverse as the United States, Russia, China and Iran. Her recent book, “The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender,” looks at modernity in various cultural contexts, how this concept is expressed spatially through architecture and urban form, and how this has affected women in their everyday lives.
Stuckeman Advisory Board
Our generous benefactor, the late Cal Stuckeman, included the wise mandate for an advisory council in his $20 million gift to establish the Stuckeman School. The council’s role is that of an aspirational advisory board – in other words – to assist the school in understanding what is important and/or emerging in our design professions, thereby helping to guide our future. Below is a list of the current Stuckeman Advisory Board members.
Professor of Graphic Design, NC State University, College of Design
Capital Projects Consultancy
Meredith Davis, FAIGA
Professor Emerita of Graphic Design, NC State University, College of Design
Wilks Family Director, Ian L. McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design
Chief Designer, Nielsen Norman Group
Chief Design Officer, ZENDA, LLC
Principal Architect, Platt Dana Architects
Principal, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect
Anthony Naccarato, PE, SE, SEC
President, O’Donnell & Naccarato
Matthew B. Parkinson, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Director,
The Learning Factory; Penn State; College of Engineering
Chief Financial Officer, Upward Farms
Dan Pitera, FAIA
Professor & Dean, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture + Community Development
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AIA, ASLA
Professor & Director, Master of Landscape Architecture program, City College of New York
Andrew Witkin, ASLA
President & CEO, Witkin Hults + Partners
Cofouder & Chairman, Dormify
The possibilities were, and are, endless.
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