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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.

I am always thinking about his innovative assignments and the amazing studio culture he created. I wanted to bring that energy he had to others.
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B.Arch. in Architecture

The B.Arch. is a highly sought after five-year professional degree program that consistently produces graduates who push the bounds of architecture to enhance the human experience.
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B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture

The B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture immerses students in cutting-edge sustainability strategies that produce responsible and creative design for the world around us.
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B.Des. in Graphic Design

The B.Des. in Graphic Design empowers students to become innovators that meet the growing demand for branding, storytelling, visualizing information, user experience, and user interface designs.

Degrees + Certificates

A group of Penn State Master of Architecture students gathered behind an elaborate cityscape model in the offices of architectural firm SOM.

M.Arch. in Architecture

The professional M.Arch. degree deeply explores the techniques, principles, histories, theories of architecture, preparing students to become leaders in the field.
Parametric modeled forms developed by a Penn State M.S. in Architecture student.

M.S. in Architecture (+Dual M.S. +IUG)

The M.S. in Architecture program is designed for students interested in advanced research and independent work. Integrated undergrad/grad, as well as dual-title program options exist.
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Ph.D. in Architecture (+Dual Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Architecture is a research-based degree concentrating on a number of areas of inquiry. Hone the degree via research clusters, program focus areas, or dual-title options.
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M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture

The professional M.L.A. program at Penn State equips students with the techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies to become leaders in the profession of landscape architecture.
MS in Landscape Architecture students working on stormwater draining project.

M.S. in Landscape Architecture (+Dual M.S. +IUG)

The research-focused M.S. in L.A. degree, with HDNRE, Geodesign, and IUG options, is framed to enhance the expertise of individuals who already hold a professionally-accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture.
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M.P.S. / Certificate in Geodesign

The M.P.S. and graduate certificate in Geodesign are online programs that prepare students to employ a unique combination of science and design to change the way we design for a sustainable future.

Alumni Spotlight

Metropolitan Opera design director Karin Satrom.

Alumni Spotlight

Karin Satrom

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2001

Karin Satrom leverages her degree in graphic design and photography as the design director at the Metropolitan Opera, where she oversees and creates the concepts and designs for all print and digital materials for each season. To improve efficiency, she reorganized the design team to create an “in-house agency,” the Met Opera Studio.

Billboard poster for Metropolitan Opera's 'Voices Rise' by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.
Metropolitan Opera's 'Black Voices at the Met' environmental signage by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.
Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Season Book cover by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.

Research Centers + Initiatives

Stuckeman Center for Design Computing

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

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Hamer Center for Community Design

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.

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Ecology + Design

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.

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Our Facilities

An exhibit gallery, digital and textile labs, resource library, and workshops
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Fabric stretched and held up on a piece of wood on a table with metal clips.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Located in 111 Stuckeman Family Building, the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library supports study and research in architecture and landscape architecture and their histories

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The digiFAB lab is the home for digital fabrication equipment that is used for design and research projects by faculty and students in Stuckeman

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Immersive Environments Lab

The Immersive Environments Lab (IEL) offers a high-end large multimodal display for visualization and research through the use of commodity level technology. Using a

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Remote Collaboration Lab

The Remote Collaboration Lab (CoLab) offers high-end large telecommunications facilities to support remote collaborative design and research.
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Stuckeman Shop

The Stuckeman Shop – primarily supporting architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design students – provides an excellent opportunity for motivated students to develop their ideas

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Rouse Gallery

Located in the main entryway of the Stuckeman Family Building, the Willard G. Rouse gallery houses special exhibits by leaders in the fields of

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The Additive Construction Lab (AddConLab) is a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Architecture. It is housed

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Faculty Spotlight

What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation.

DK Osseo-Asare

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design

Fulbright scholar, TED Global Fellow, and Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion, DK Osseo-Asare is assistant professor of architecture and engineering design, facilitating collaboration among the Stuckeman School, the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs, and the Materials Research Institute. He is also the director of the Humanitarian Materials Lab (HuMatLab), affiliate to the Materials Matters and Stuckeman Center for Design Computing research clusters, and associate director of Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa (AESEDA). Outside the University, he is cofounder and principal of architecture and integrated design at Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas, and Tema, Ghana.

DK Osseo-Asare

Stuckeman Advisory Council

The Stuckeman Advisory Council 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.


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 Council members.


Helen Armstrong

Helen Armstrong

Professor of Graphic Design, NC State University, College of Design

Keith Bowers, FASLA, PLA, PWS

Founder/President, Biohabitats

B. Stephen Carpenter

B. Stephen Carpenter II (Ex-Officio)

Professor of Art Education and African American Studies; Dean, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State

Anne Chen

Principal, GBBN

Meredith Davis, FAIGA

Professor Emerita of Graphic Design, NC State University, College of Design

Billy Fleming

Billy Fleming

Wilks Family Director, Ian L. McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design

Sarah Gibbons

Sarah Gibbons

Chief Designer, Nielsen Norman Group

Allan Greenberger, FAIA

Vice President for Real Estate & Facilities, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Art & Design

Trish Harrington


Dana Hope


Diane Jones Allen

Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., PLA, FASLA

Principal, Design Jones LLC; Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Texas, Arlington

Judith Kinnard

Judith Kinnard, FAIA

Professor of Architecture, Harvey-Wadsworth Chair of Landscape Urbanism, Tulane University, School of Architecture

Patricia Kucker

Patricia Kucker (Ex-Officio)

Teaching Professor of Architecture; Interim Director, Stuckeman School, Penn State

Don Marinelli, Ph.D.

Cofounder, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University (retired)


Landscape Architect, Design Workshop; Associate Professor of Practice, NC State University, College of Design

Elaine Molinar

Elaine Molinar, AIA, NCARB

Architect & Managing Partner, Snøhetta

Anthony Naccarato

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

John Perkins

Chief Financial Officer, Upward Farms

Dan Pitera

Dan Pitera

Professor & Dean, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture + Community Development

Andrew Witkin, ASLA

President & CEO, Witkin Hults + Partners

Karen Zuckerman


The possibilities were, and are, endless.

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Jan 24

2022 Stuckeman School Career Day

HUB-Robeson Center
The Stuckeman School Career Day is a vibrant event that enables professional firms to interact directly with the School’s award-winning students. The event presents a


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Museum Conversation - A Way Through: Abstract Art of the 1940s

Adam Thomas
Jan 25

Join Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art, for an online conversation and in-depth look at paintings, drawings, and prints from pivotal artists who worked in

Stuckeman Collaborative Design Workshop: "Dynamic Teams"

3rd floor, Stuckeman Family Building
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Jan 30

Facilitated by Stuckeman School faculty and students, this is the second installment of the school's ShareMaking Collaborative Design Workshop Series. The "Dynamic Teams" workshop revolves

Museum Conversation - Printmaking in the Age of Dürer

Patrick McGrady
Feb 16

Join the Palmer’s print specialist, Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator, and discover intricate and expressive works by Germany’s most important artist of the

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News from A&A

Connecting community and fostering entrepreneurship through design

Penn State architecture alumni Jason E. Smith and Marilia Rodrigues, of Philadelphia’s KieranTimberlake, were design leads on the Innovation Hub building in downtown State College.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – It might be difficult to pass by the newest building on South Burrowes Street in downtown State College and not think it looks more than a

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Architecture professor co-edits book on building science, technology research

A new book co-edited by Rahman Azari, associate professor of architecture, offers a variety of perspectives and first-hand experiences from scholars and experts in building science
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A&A students use SEN grants to support their educational and career goals

Eleven College of Arts and Architecture students received Student Engagement Network grants this fall to fund a range of projects including a play, a film, travel, and more.
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