David Hollenberg (MArch’75), adjunct professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and former University architect, has received the 2018 John Frederick Harbeson Award from the American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter.
The John Frederick Harbeson Award is presented annually to a long-standing member of the local architectural community and is intended to recognize their significant contributions over their lifetime to the architectural profession and its related disciplines. The recipient of this award will have distinguished themselves throughout their career by their contributions to the architectural profession, the American Institute of Architects, the education of the architectural community, and their contributions to the Philadelphia community at large.
The AIA cited Mr. Hollenberg’s role as University architect and long teaching career at Penn—he taught for 24 years in PennDesign’s graduate program in historic preservation—as well his time spent at John Milner Associates (JMA), an architecture and historic preservation firm, where he led a wide variety of projects including major architectural landmarks in Philadelphia such as the Fairmount Water Works, Alden Park Apartments, Reading Terminal Headhouse, Lit Brothers Department Store, and the John Wanamaker Building. Notably, he also served as the associate regional director for design, construction and facility management for the National Park Service from 1992 to 2006. There, he was responsible for major programs and services affecting National Park Service structures in the 13-state Northeast Region.
He also served on the Philadelphia Historical Commission; as the chairman of the board of the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site; on the Board of Christ Church Preservation Trust; and as a commissioner on the Flight 93 Memorial Federal Advisory Commission. He is currently serving as a member of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force.
Susan K. Weiler, lecturer in PennDesign’s department of landscape architecture and partner at OLIN, has received the Philadelphia chapter’s 2018 Paul Philippe Cret Award. This award recognizes individuals or organizations who are not architects but who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the design of buildings, structures, landscapes and the public realm of Greater Philadelphia. Ms. Weiler has risen to prominence in the field of landscape architecture as a designer, speaker, teacher and writer. She is the lead author of Green Roof Systems: A Guide for the Planning, Design and Construction of Landscapes over Structure, a primary resource on the topic of green roof design for landscape architects, architects, engineers and sustainably conscious municipal leaders. She has applied her expertise in interfacing with complex engineering systems and construction technologies over more than 30 years to projects like the US Embassy in Berlin; Mission Bay Master Planning and development in San Francisco; and the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
In Philadelphia, her work includes Penn’s Campus Master Plan (2000) and the 125 Years Walkway commemorating women at Penn; cultural institutions such as the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden; and civic landscapes including Logan Circle and Dilworth Park, a multi-functional gathering place and transit center at Philadelphia’s historic City Hall.