2017 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 Have Designed, Built and Installed 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.

June 2 - September 25

More images in the PennDesign Pavilion Gallery

Master of Architecture Students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design  designed, built and installed 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 Summer Celebration will be held Saturday, July 8, 4-6pm. 

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 ArchDaily.com

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 - were 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, who also supervised the production and installation of the pavilion at Manitoga. 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."

More images available in the Pavilion Project Gallery.

The Pavilion Project in the Press

Landscape Architecture Magazine
A Russel Wright Encounter
Manitoga Summer 2017 and PennDesign Artist Residency
The Penn Gazette
PennDesign at Manitoga

Meet PennDesign Students & Faculty: 2015-2017

Frederick Steiner / Dean and Paley Professor, PennDesign
Winka Dubbeldam / Chair and Professor, Department of Architecture
Andrew Saunders / Professor & Coordinator Pavilion Competition
Mohamad Al Khayer / Lecturer & Pavilion Production and Installation

2017 MANITOGA Pavilion Installation Team

Students: Zakariya Yaseen Al-Haffar, Musab Mohammad Badahdah, Katherine Anne Lanski, Ayotunde Oreoluwa Ogunmoyero, Grace Soejanto, Ali Tabatabaie Ghomi, Ailin Wang, Jianbo Zhong. Instructor / Supervisor: Mohamad Al Khayer

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, 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, Daniel Silverman, Lingxiao Teng, and Xieyang Zhou (Instructor: Michael Loverich); and Hereafter by Grace Soejanto, Mohamed Ali, 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)



Lead Sponsors
David & Nanci McAlpin, Marilyn & Jim Simons

Christopher Jara & Donald Taffurelli, Tom Krizmanic, Magazzino Italian Art/Cold Spring,
Gary & Laura Maurer

Robert Aresty, Sydney Babcock & Jose Romeu, Joe Chapman, Allison Cross & Henry Nye, David Diamond & Karen Zukowski, Melanie Dodson & David Granger, Melissa Meyers & Wilbur Foster, Bill Roos & Scott Olsen, Dick Polich & Cathy Kuttner, Liliane Salama & Peter Stillman, Aleta Wolfe

Stephen & Linda Breskin

List in formation




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.