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.
Contact + Connect
My Penn State education has influenced my career by developing me into a global citizen, through exposure to different people, resources, industries, cultures, and places.
Samantha JosaphatB.Arch. in Architecture 2012
Samantha Josaphat is an architect and the founder of STUDIO 397 Architecture. Part of the mere 0.3 percent of black female architects registered in the United States, she is the 397th living black female architect to be licensed. Samantha entered the Penn State Architecture program in 2007, and by 2012, she had traveled to ten countries, become a member of the Arts and Architecture Student Council, and founded the Penn State student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). While at Penn State she built herself a valuable network of resources that continues to shape her path to success. Samantha is the 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Learn more about how Samantha’s firm is impacting the narrative of black female architects in this video.
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
Immersive Environments Lab
Remote Collaboration Lab
Associate Professor of Architecture
Felecia Davis combines art, technology, and science in her work with computational textiles: soft materials that can sense and respond to the world around them through computer programming, electronics, and sensors. Director of SoftLab, she holds the Agnes Scollins Carey Memorial Early Career Professorship in the Arts for 2018–21, using the funds to lead a multiphase, collaborative research project that involves constructing a 1:1 scaled demonstration prototype for a solar photovoltaic fiber tension shade. Her work was featured in Penn State’s recent campaign highlighting the national and international impact of select faculty’s research.
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.
News from A&A
Landscape architecture professor recognized for interdisciplinary research
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hong Wu, associate professor of landscape architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School, has been awarded the 2023 Excellence in Research and/or Creative
Stuckeman School to host UPenn professor for environmental building design talk
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Stuckeman School in the College of Arts and Architecture will welcome William W. Braham, professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman SchoolRead More
Landscape architecture department head elected to CELA Academy of Fellows
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Roxi Thoren, professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School, has been elected to the CouncilRead More