Blog Archive

October 14, 2021

Sally Harrison, AIA, Honored with 2021 Leverage Award

Author: Emily Herbein

Throughout her career, Professor of Architecture Sally Harrison, AIA has always focused her teaching and practice on the connection between social justice and how it inherently interacts with creativity and the built environment.  In her view, public spaces can project inequality and architecture often informs the way people think and work when faced with community issues. Her ethos reflects the human aspects of community and design and how they interact to support each other.  Harrison’s thinking has greatly influenced the Philadelphia architecture community and made her an obvious choice for the Community Design Collaborative’s 2021 Leverage Award, given during its 30th Anniversary celebration in June.  Read More

October 8, 2021

Molly Mapstone to present at the American Studies Association conference

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Molly Mapstone (PhD student) will be presenting a paper, "Revealing the Hidden in Plain Sites: Contemporary Ceramic Objects and Political Protest" during the panel Materialities of Making and Revolt at the American Studies Association conference, Monday, October 11 4pm-5:45pm EST on zoom. The program can be found at: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/theasa/theasa21/index.php? She is funded through the Winterthur Museum. Read More

October 5, 2021

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo Featured on CBS News

Author: Emily Herbein

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo, whose artistic practice and research explore issues of race, poverty, and inequality, has been drawing national attention for his modern twists on traditional forms of pottery. Lugo was featured recently on PBS NewsHour and CBS Sunday Morning for the ways in which he weaves his cultural and personal roots into his artwork.  CBS's Serena Altschul interviewed Roberto Lugo about the tight-knit family he grew up with in the Kensington neighborhood and how that connection influences both his style and practice at the wheel. They discuss his blending of popular imagery with personal touches that relate back to the cultural calling cards of North Philadelphia, things that might seem at odds when placed in the context of some of his pieces, like classic teapots.    Read More