Featured Work

Projects completed by the Lab for Urban and Social Innovation are directed by each individual design challenge. Through workshops, design studios, design charettes, funded research and consulting services we have completed projects addressing urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, geodesign, interior design, and historic preservation for more than 15 years.

Through cooperation and collaboration between industry partners, community representatives, design professionals, faculty and students, we are able to empower students to make a positive impact in our city and world as they participate in real-world projects that encourage active, collaborative education—what we call Nexus Learning. This pedagogy shapes projects with communities and industry partners and academia, improving the social, economic and ecological health through innovations in the built environment.

Our projects have included:

  • Urban design strategies for healthy and sustainable neighborhoods
  • Architectural design in the public-interest
  • Research and schematic design of community and regional greenways, parks, and low-impact transportation systems
  • Research and schematic design of affordable housing projects
  • Research and schematic design of energy efficient, environmentally resilient buildings
  • Restoration and adaptive re-use of public buildings and public spaces
  • Research and documentation of historical buildings, structures, and places


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Project Examples

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Children’s Gardens for The Center for Returning Citizens

“Where the Meadows Are” Creating simply beautiful spaces in Kingsessing


Makerspace for the Bala Cynwyd Elementary School Library

Design and Installation of Mural for Young Students

Renovation of Lobby at Old Academy Players Community Playhouse

Design for Lobby Renovations for Roebling Museum

Project H.O.M.E.