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School of Design Teaching Awards

J. Keene

The School of Design has awarded the 2005 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching to Dr. John Keene, professor of city and regional planning. Dr. Keene, who joined the faculty in 1966, currently chairs the graduate group in city and regional planning. Dr. Keene’s teaching is widely influential among students in city and regional planning, historic preservation and urban design. He provides a fundamental understanding of how regulations and property-based covenants can be used to further public purposes of creating and maintaining meaningful environments.  His main contributions have been in land use control techniques, the management of urban growth and farmland protection—all topics very much on the agenda across the country. Dr. Keene has a national reputation as one of the top educators who integrates law and planning. He received the Lindback Award in 2004.

 

L. Falck

The G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching by a member of the practitioner faculty has been awarded to Mr. Lindsay Falck, a lecturer, who has taught in the School of Design for over 20 years and teaches courses in construction to students in architecture, landscape architecture and historic preservation. “He is easily found in the school at almost any time, day or night. His deep care for the well-being of the school and its students, along with his outgoing personality, have made him the ‘face of the school’ for the many of our students who he has mentored and inspired across all of the departments,” said a colleague.

 

B. Young

The Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Undergraduate Programs in the School of Design is awarded to Ms. Becky Young, adjunct professor of fine arts, who taught her first photography class at Penn 30 years ago. When she joined the faculty, the photography department was practically non-existent; now, the undergraduate program in photography is the most in-demand discipline of fine arts, and the School has just established a graduate concentration in the area. Colleagues and students note her patience, clarity and passion. A much-loved teacher, Ms. Young empowers students to express themselves completely and openly.

 

These awards, named in honor of G. Holmes Perkins, dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now School of Design), 1951-71, are given in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in the methods of instruction in the classroom, seminar or studio. Dean Perkins passed away last October at the age of 99 (Almanac September 7, 2004). The award was established in 1993 by former dean and Paley Professor Patricia Conway. The undergraduate award was established by the School and is offered for the first time this year. The School will acknowledge these distinguished faculty for their teaching contributions on May 15.

 

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 32, May 10, 2005

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