Awards & Honors

Steinberg gets AIA honor

Penn Praxis Director Harris Steinberg was in Sri Lanka, consulting with local officials on post-tsunami urban planning, when he found out last month that he’d been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The prestigious honor, conferred on 82 AIA members this year, is reserved for AIA members who have made significant contributions to their field. Steinberg was honored specifically for work that has “advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice.”
He will be officially named as an Honorary Fellow at a June 9 investiture ceremony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, designed by world famous AIA Fellow Frank Gehry.

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Honorary doctorates
As Penn’s 2006 Commencement speaker, Jodie Foster will receive an honorary doctor of arts degree.
But she’s not alone, as Penn announced several other honorary degree winners for 2006: Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute president Shirley Ann Jackson, scientist Judith Klinman, mathematician Lawrence R. Klein and developer Stephen A. Wynn.

Originally published on March 16, 2006