Faculty News

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 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

June 28, 2021

Tyler Landscape Architecture Faculty Member Wins Teaching Medal

Author: Zachary Vickers

Lolly Tai, professor of Landscape Architecture, has received the 2021 Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), recognizing her sustained and significant contribution to landscape architecture education. “Needless to say I am deeply humbled,” said Tai. A national honor given annually, the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal is awarded to a faculty member who embodies the eponymous Professor Carpenter of Ohio State University—an individual whose honor, commitment and energy as an educator leaves an indelible mark on landscape architecture education. Read More

May 9, 2021

Faculty News Lights Up Spring 2021

Author: Zachary Vickers

In spring 2021, the faculty of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, in addition to their deep dedication to student mentorship, have continued to advance their practices as well as make meaningful contributions to their respective fields. Below is a selection of the faculty’s recent accomplishments and accolades, as well as upcoming events and exhibitions to look out for: Read More

March 12, 2021

Karyn Olivier Wins Commission at Bethel Burying Ground Historic Site Memorial

Author: Zachary Vickers

Karyn Olivier, associate professor of Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture has won a commission by The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the Bethel Burying Ground Historic Site Memorial Committee for her memorial design entitled Her Luxuriant Soil. “Karyn’s proposal is not only a memorialization of our past, but it also communicates what we value as a city,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “When they view Her Luxuriant Soil...visitors...will understand that the City of Philadelphia truly values the diversity of our history and the contributions of African Americans.” Read More

February 4, 2021

Tyler’s Pepón Osorio in New Whitney Exhibition

Author: Zachary Vickers

Tyler’s Laura H. Carnell Professor of Community Art in Community Arts Practices, Pepón Osorio, is featured in the exhibition, Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019, now through February 2022 at The Whitney Museum of American Art. The show foregrounds how visual artists have explored the materials, methods, and strategies of craft over the past seven decades. The show features “Angel: The Shoe Shiner” (1993) by Osorio. This trinket-encrusted throne pays tribute to a shoe shiner named Angel, whom the artist frequented for years. "His job was about giving and bringing light to other people," Osorio explained, "but very little was given to him. So I made this piece in his honor." To learn more about the exhibition, click here. Read More

February 4, 2021

New Exhibitions at Ross Art Museum Feature Two Tyler Faculty

Author: Zachary Vickers

Two Tyler School of Art and Architecture program heads will be featured in exhibitions (through April 8, 2021) at the recently reopened Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio that celebrate urban and rural spaces: Pattern Drift: Cityscape The Kuhlman Gallery features Pattern Drift: Cityscape, a mid-career survey of art by Philadelphia-based printmaker Amze Emmons, Tyler's associate professor and program head of Printmaking. It presents selections from three main bodies of work in which the city serves as background and context for the art. Emmons’ images show his virtuosity as a printmaker and draftsman, as well as inspiration by mechanical illustration, cartoon language and newspaper journalism. Read More

January 26, 2021

Pablo Meninato’s New Book to Explore Urban “Informality”

Author: Zachary Vickers

Pablo Meninato’s new book will explore the current and future state of urban and architectural “informality” and its impact on communities Pablo Meninato, Tyler’s associate professor of architecture, together with Gregory Marinic, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, will publish the co-edited book, Informality and the City: Theories, Actions, and Interventions [Springer Publishing Co. of Rotterdam]. Meninato’s latest book will continue to expand Tyler’s scholarly investigations of addressing social inequities through architecture and design, as well as advocate for social justice in marginalized communities by demonstrating ways of working that improve the daily lives and futures of residents. Read More

November 23, 2020

Tyler Faculty and Alumna Win Prestigious Grant

Author: Zachary Vickers

Tyler School of Art and Architecture Associate Professor of Sculpture, Karyn Olivier, and alumna Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA '57) are among the ten recipients of an Anonymous Was a Woman (AWAW) grant. "I am so thrilled to be included in this year’s cohort of incredible artists selected for the Anonymous Was A Woman grant," Olivier said. "And I’m excited to be included this year with Tyler aluma Barbara Chase-Riboud. This award will definitely impact my art practice, moving me one step closer to my goal of building a new studio." Read More


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