University of Pennsylvania's Ronald O. Perelman Center

May 15, 2019

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The University of Pennsylvania’s new Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics embraces the growth and evolution of our times – the newly renovated building, for the first time, brings the political science department and economics department together under one roof. President Amy Gutmann states “by bringing together political science and economics, along with the School of Arts and Science’s globally focused research centers, the Perelman Center underscores Penn’s deep dedication to cross-disciplinary research and policy relevance”.

With architecture by KPMB that introduces a sense of freshness while respecting the history and overall look and feel of the standing buildings, our approach for the signage was to achieve a bridge between old and new, so that the building is seen as whole. This balance further supports the coming together of the academic discipline and ideas of cohesion and synergy.

The signage program provides direction to students and faculty and highlights key donors throughout the space. We chose stainless steel and acrylic in neutral tones, with dimensional letters that subtly make the signage more evident. This minimalist signage program integrates well with the older building features as well as with the cool modern look of the addition, with materials that are timeless and long lasting.

We needed to consider these various programs as well as a 120-seat auditorium, classrooms, undergraduate meeting rooms, a forum with a seating capacity of 72, as well as offices for faculty of both the Economics and Political Science departments.

The building houses such academic programs as the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics (Browne Center), the Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC), the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC), and the Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER).