Artist Residency: PennDesign

In 2017, Manitoga’s Artist Residency program will feature a site-specific pavilion designed and built by Master of Architecture Students from The University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. 


Master Of Architecture Students To Design and Build a Pavilion for Manitoga

The Artist Residency program was initiated in 2014 to foster creative responses to Manitoga that invoke Russel Wright's legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place.

On view with Tour Participation June 2 - November 13
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Member's Opening Celebration Saturday, June 10, 5-7pm

Master of Architecture Students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design designed and will build a full-scale, site-specific pavilion at Manitoga inspired by Russel Wright's design legacy.
"We are thrilled that Manitoga's 2017 Artist Residency Program brings together a new generation of designers with a mid-century design icon," says Executive Director Allison Cross. "In his experimental home and landscape, Wright celebrated material innovation, good design, and harmony with nature. The striking creativity shown by the student work is an inspiring tribute to his legacy."

The pavilion installation will be on view during seasonal public tours and special programs. A Members Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, June 10, 5-7pm. 

The residency culminates a two-year collaboration between Manitoga and PennDesign's Architecture Department. Over 150 students visited Manitoga and participated in various studio projects inspired by Wright's design principles. A juried competition of student group pavilion concepts was a program highlight with the 2015 winning pavilion Over Cast named one of the world's top student design-build projects by

The pavilion competition was coordinated by Associate Professor Andrew Saunders, who explains, "The design of a contemporary pavilion for the site offers a unique opportunity to extend the legacy of Wright and of Manitoga. The pavilion is meant to be a built dialogue that speculates on the trajectory of mid-century modern design of mass standardization in the context of today's digital technologies."

The winning design concepts from 2016 - Hereafter and Devour(ing) the Dark - are currently being developed by graduate students as one pavilion structure for Manitoga in the seminar Techniques, Morphology and Detailing of a Pavilion, led by Lecturer Mohamad Al Khayer. Says Department Chair Winka Dubbeldam, "the pavilion installation at Manitoga is a unique design build experience. Students have the opportunity to take what they are learning at PennDesign and move it beyond our walls to engage a rich cultural context with an immediate impact."

Meet PennDesign Students & Faculty: 2015-2017

2017 Arch 730-001 Techniques, Morphology and Detailing of a Pavilion

Enrolled students: Sookwan Ahn, Zakariya Yaseen Al-Haffar, Mohamed Ali, Musab Mohammad Badahdah, Xiaonan Chen, Justine Huang, Bosung Jeon, Hewen Jiang, Yunhwan Jung, Katherine Anne Lanski, Dongliang Li, Siyang Lv, Jia Lyu, Xiaoyu Ma, Ayotunde Oreoluwa Ogunmoyero, Taeseo Park, Daniel Silverman, Grace Soejanto, Ali Tabatabaie Ghomi, Lingxiao Teng,  Ailin Wang, Yijia Wang, Ge Yang, Yunlong Zhang, Yuchen Zhao, Jianbo Zhong, Xieyang Zhou (Instructor: Mohamad Al Khayer).

2016 Arch 501 Design Studio I: Pavilion Competition

Winning Projects (2): Devour[ing] the Dark by Katherine Lanski, Justine Huang, Ayotunde Ogunmoyero, Lingxiao Teng, and Xieyang Zhou (Instructor: Michael Loverich); and Hereafter by Grace Soejanto, Mohamed Ali, Daniel Silverman, Ailin Wang (Instructor: Michael Loverich). 

Honorable Mentions (3): Laurentia (Best Presentation) by Dyan Castro, Yanking Huang, Dili Zha, and Yi Zhu (Instructor: Miroslava Brooks); SEEM/less (Best Craft) by Elizabeth Heldridge, Logan Weaver, Nikolaos Kalantzopoulos, Yitian Zheng, and Xiaoyu Duan (Instructor: Miroslava Brooks); and Zoetic Roost (Best Technical Innovation) by Ariel Cooke-Zamora, Jordan Hillier, Gwan Sook Kim, Tae Hyung Lee (Instructor: Andrew Saunders).

2015 Arch 501 Design Studio I: Pavilion Competition

Winning Project: Over Cast by Margaret Gregg, Ruoning Deng, Siyi Li and  Yuntao Xu (Instructor: Andrew Saunders)

Honorable Mentions (5): Guide to Easier Loving (Best Titled) by JooYoung Ham, Kat Engleman, Farre Nixon, Nikita Jathan (Instructor: Abigail Coover Hume); Hellebore (Best Process) by Madelyn Moretta, Noah Medlinsky, Marianne Sanche, CW Wesley Chiang (Instructor: Lasha Brown);  Whipped Cavern (Innovative Use of Material) by Have-yun Kwon, Alex Bahr, Yiqun Chen, Yuwei Sun (Instructor: Abigail Coover Hume); Tetraheji (Best Craft) by Andre Stiles, Constance Chang, Yoon Ji, Julie Pepitone, Tian Ouang (Instructor: Andrew Saunders); Marshmapod (Visionary) by Alyssa Appel, Kaj Marshall, Margarida Mota, Xiaoling Wang, Huanan Ye (Instructor: Michael Loverich)

Winka Dubbeldam, Chair and Professor, Department of Architecture
Frederick Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor, PennDesign





Photos: Top - Bottom: Pavilion models at half scale, Meyerson Plaza, University of Pennsylvania; Competition Jury Members and Students; Laurentia (Best Presentation); Model of Hereafter (an Overall Winner); Model of SEEM/less (Best Craft) with students. All images courtesy PennDesign.