|PennDesign Teaching Awards
May 7, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 32
2013 G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awardees
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design is pleased to announce three recipients of the 2013 G. Holmes Perkins Awards for Distinguished Teaching.
These awards are named in honor of the late G. Holmes Perkins, dean from 1951-71 of the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now the School of Design) and are given in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in the methods of instruction in the classroom, seminar, or studio. Dean Perkins passed away in 2004 (Almanac September 7, 2004) at the age of 99.
The awards will be presented at the PennDesign ceremony on Sunday, May 12, at 4 p.m. at Furness Plaza, as part of the School’s graduation activities.
The 2013 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching will be awarded to David Gouverneur, associate professor of landscape architecture. Professor Gouverneur also received the Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2008.
Professor Gouverneur’s professional practice focuses on urban plans and projects for historic districts, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, new centralities and mixed use districts, improvement of informal settlements, and tourism/recreational areas. He teaches 600- and 700-level studios including “Introduction to Landscape Urbanism and the Making of Communities,” “Landscape Urbanism in Developing Countries,” and “Case Studies in Contemporary Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in Developing Countries.”
Students have described Professor Gouverneur as “generous,” a teacher who “makes a difference.” “He’s exciting, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and always encourages us to go for more,” another shared.
Previously, Professor Gouverneur was chair of the School of Architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar (1987-91), as well as a professor in the School’s departments of architecture and city and regional planning from 1980 to 2008. From 1991 to 1994 he was the director and from 1995 to 1996 the adjunct secretary of Urban Development of Venezuela. He was co-founder and professor of the Urban Design program and director of the Mayor’s Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana. He received his MArch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980) and his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977).
The 2013 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching by a member of the associated faculty will be awarded to Lindsay Falck, lecturer in landscape architecture. He has taught at the School for more than 30 years, counting more than 9,000 students under his instruction. Described as a “passionate instructor” who “inspires his students to succeed, learn and experiment,” students say that Mr. Falck “goes out of his way to respond to the needs of students,” providing “excellent feedback” that help “push beyond my limits.”
Others say they are “lucky to have had him as an instructor.” “There is no one else that cares more about his or her students or spends more time and effort making sure that all of his or her students understand the material,” affirmed one.
From South Africa, Mr. Falck received a BArch and master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from University of Cape Town in 1972. He has an architectural practice and consultancy in Philadelphia.
The 2013 G. Holmes Perkins Undergraduate Teaching Award will be awarded to Mr. Ivanco Talevski, lecturer in the department of fine arts. A painter and printmaker, Mr. Talevski received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Several of Mr. Talevski’s students noted his favorite expression, “We’re gonna make miracles happen today!”—as well as his ability to deliver on that promise.
“He is able to encourage students to push past the limits of their comfort zone and turn out amazing artwork. I am never underwhelmed with anything that happens in Ivanco’s class,” said one.
Other students described Mr. Talevski as “always enthusiastic, positive,” someone who “creates an excellent classroom dynamic” that embraces “students of different backgrounds, helping seasoned artists and newcomers work on the same projects.” He will “never hesitate to help a student in need” and “always has interesting things to say, and gives insightful critiques with an excellent approach!” enthused another.
Another admirer enrolled in his printmaking class said “I can honestly say I get incredibly excited to work under such a talented artist every week.”