All second-year preservation students take a studio course in the fall, where we tackle Real World projects. This year, studio groups are working on two projects: (1) a preservation plan for the West Powelton neighborhood and (2) an adaptive reuse plan for St. Mark’s Chapel, just west of the Penn campus. Each group synthesizes history, site evolution, and social/economic/political context during the first part of the semester, emerging with the character-defining elements of each place and an overarching preservation approach. Now we’re working on individual projects, intended to be practical components of the preservation approach.

A glimpse of the group process: