University of Pennsylvania - My School of Architecture University of Pennsylvania - My School of Architecture

University of Pennsylvania


Philadelphia, PA

Degrees Offered

Master of Architecture


Certificate in Ecological Architecture
Master in Environmental Building Design


With approximately 310 graduate students, the Graduate Architecture Department is housed at Meyerson Hall, in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus, at the corner of Walnut Street and 34th Street. In addition to design studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, and offices, this facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories for computing and fabrication and two advanced research labs: the Digital Design Research Lab and the Building Simulation Group. Penndesign also introduced 3-D printers in the newly renovated studio spaces.

The professional program in Architecture offers a number of study abroad options, currently including a semester abroad in London as well as summer abroad programs in Paris, Colombia and Athens, Greece. It enjoys collaborative relationships with other disciplines of the School of Design – historic preservation, landscape architecture, city planning and fine arts and offers dual degrees and certificates in many of these allied fields. Students are eligible for a range of scholarships, including travel scholarships.


Penn’s 302-acre West Philadelphia campus reflects its rich heritage—a heritage closely bound with the birth of the United States—boasting more than 200 buildings and many notable landmarks, including the nation’s first student union and first double-decker college football stadium .

The 165 research centers and institutes on campus also reflect the University’s innovative, civic-minded and pragmatic creator: More than 250 years after Ben Franklin broke new ground in founding Penn, its faculty, students, and alumni continue to make breakthroughs in research, scholarship, and education. Its many subsequent “firsts,” include the world’s first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881), the world’s first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer (ENIAC, 1946), and the first woman president of an Ivy League institution (Judith Rodin, inaugurated in 1994) as well as the first female Ivy League president to succeed another female (Amy Gutmann, inaugurated in 2004).