The Stuart Weitzman School of Design will renovate the historic Morgan Building on 34th Street and add a new wing on its south side, naming the building after Stuart Weitzman, Wharton Class of 1963, the award-winning designer and footwear icon.
Penn has retained the internationally acclaimed architecture firm KieranTimberlake, whose founding partners are Weitzman alumni, Stephen Kieran (March’76) and James Timberlake (March’77), and who are former faculty members at the School. Stuart Weitzman Hall will therefore also serve as a tangible example of the School’s enduring capacity to nurture exceptional talent in the fields of historic preservation and innovative architecture.
Renovating and expanding the Morgan Building is a once-in-a generation opportunity to adapt a historic structure to create spaces that perfectly serve the needs of the Weitzman School’s superlative faculty and students. After its transformation into Stuart Weitzman Hall, the building will retain historic architectural elements of the original structure, especially on the façade, including the porch and balcony above the 34th Street entrance. A completely reimagined interior will serve students and faculty across the School and house fine arts and design studios, student maker spaces, research facilities, classrooms, faculty offices, and meeting and exhibition spaces.
The Weitzman School of Design, since its founding in 1890, has been shaped by a commitment to the creative interaction of art and design with society. This dynamic mission energizes a remarkable school—ranked among the best in the nation—where designers, planners, preservationists, and artists pursue their passion for advancing the public good.