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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.

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Design for Life

Diversity & Inclusion Fellows

Lecture + Exhibit Series

Student Awards Gallery

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.
Robert Reed Workshops

Undergraduate
Degrees

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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.

Graduate
Degrees + Certificates

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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

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.
Penn State alumna and 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Samantha Josaphat.

Alumni Spotlight

Samantha Josaphat

B.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.

Modern, dark facade of high-end retail showroom for COS, in Toronto, Ontario. Architectural design by Samantha Josephat.
Pedestrians engaging with ‘The Ambiguous Heart,’ Samantha Josephat’s heart-shaped pavilion, featured in the 2019 Times Square Valentine heart design competition.
Corporate office interior design by Samantha Josephat.

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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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.


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Our Facilities

An exhibit gallery, digital and textile labs, resource library, and workshops
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Stuckeman Family Building

The Stuckeman Family Building was constructed in 2003-04 as the new home of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State.


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AddConLab

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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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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DigiFab

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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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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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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Faculty Spotlight

Felecia Davis

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.

Professor of Architecture Felecia Davis

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.

Mission

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.

Members

Helen Armstrong

Helen Armstrong

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


Keith Bowers, FASLA, PLA, PWS

Founder/President, Biohabitats
Bio


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
Bio


Anne Chen

Principal, GBBN
Bio


Meredith Davis, FAIGA

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


Billy Fleming

Billy Fleming

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


Sarah Gibbons

Sarah Gibbons

Chief Designer, Nielsen Norman Group
Bio


Allan Greenberger, FAIA

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


Trish Harrington

TBA


Dana Hope

TBA


Diane Jones Allen

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

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


Judith Kinnard

Judith Kinnard, FAIA

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


Don Marinelli, Ph.D.

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


Emily McCoy, PLA, ASLA, SITES AP

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


Elaine Molinar

Elaine Molinar, AIA, NCARB

Architect & Managing Partner, Snøhetta
Bio


Anthony Naccarato

Anthony Naccarato, PE, SE, SEC

President, O’Donnell & Naccarato
Website


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
Bio


John Perkins

Chief Financial Officer, Upward Farms
Bio


Dan Pitera

Dan Pitera

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


Andrew Witkin, ASLA

President & CEO, Witkin Hults + Partners
Website


Karen Zuckerman

TBD

The possibilities were, and are, endless.

News from A&A

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Stuckeman School student explores landscape democracy during independent study

Devon Guyer spent six weeks this summer studying representational landscapes and community-engaged design of two parks in his hometown of Philadelphia. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Devon Guyer decided to


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Architecture professor awarded faculty fellowship to study in Israel

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ute Poerschke, professor and associate architecture department head for graduate education in the College of Arts and Architecture's Stuckeman School, was awarded a faculty fellowship by


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Recent alum earns American Institute of Architects Medal for Academic Excellence

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Puja Bhagat, who graduated from Penn State in May with a bachelor of architecture from the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School, was named a


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