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Meet the Architects of Our New Home

April 14, 2010 — Artist rendering of proposed design for URBN Center

Architects from Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, LTD (MS&R) will give an exclusive presentation to Westphal students, faculty and staff on their design plans for The URBN Center, the new home of the Westphal College. MS&R, winner of a 2010 AIA National Honor Award for their Urban Outfitters project at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, will present on the processes and plans developed over the last year and will give us an inside look at their future academic home on Thursday, April 22th at 6 PM in Stein Auditorium.  The plans include a complete reworking of the 3501 Market St. building into the new home for the college’s programs in Architecture,  Arts Administration, Design & Merchandising, Digital Media, Entertainment & Arts Management, Fashion Design,  Graphic Design, Interior Design, Music Industry and Product Design, as well as for the college’s administrative offices and Historic Costume Collection. There are also plans for the renovation of 3401 Filbert St., which will include an expanded Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, a black box theater and a state of the art screening facility.

3501 Market Street, designed by famed Philadelphia firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, breaks from the tenets of modernism with its iconic facade and is an important building in the history of architecture in Philadelphia. For more information regarding the URBN Center

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