School of Design Teaching Awards

The G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching by a member of the associated faculty is awarded to Ms. Jenny Sabin, lecturer in architecture. Ms. Sabin’s research, teaching and design practice focuses on the contextual, material and formal intersections between architecture, textile tectonics and biology. Her design expertise resides in generative design and design computation, two contemporary trajectories in architectural design research. Ms. Sabin is the co-recipient, along with Dr. Peter Lloyd Jones, of the Upjohn research grant administered by the American Institute of Architects. She is the first non-scientist member of the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME) at Penn, where she collaborates with the Jones Lab. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Siggraph 2008 and 2009 Design and Computation Galleries and at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Students praise Ms. Sabin’s ability to inspire and motivate through encouragement and praise. Her passion for experimental techniques in digital design is contagious. While students spoke of the nurturing environment she creates, they also praised her willingness to push them to make decisive design decisions and to move their projects forward. Ms. Sabin received her M.Arch degree from Penn and holds bachelors degrees in ceramics and interdisciplinary visual art from the University of Washington.

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