Field Session

FS-009 - Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway—100 Years

Friday, October 19
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Location: 110-B


Part of the City Beautiful movement, this mile-long civic vision of architecture and landscape, in its centennial year, has evolved into an incomparable cultural campus of exceptional museums, gardens, and parks amid a vibrant growing city. Learn how it continues to be influenced by contemporary landscape architects and civic leadership.

Learning Objectives:

Susan Kay Weiler, FASLA


Susan has risen to prominence in the field of landscape architecture as a designer, speaker, and author. Her familiarity with complex engineering systems and construction technologies has been applied to a wide range of projects including Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and Dilworth Park both prominent landscapes over structure in Philadelphia. Her expertise in planting design extends to large scale meadow restorations and installations including the four acre alpine roof meadow for the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake. Susan is a longtime University of Pennsylvania faculty member, and regularly teaches at Pantheon Institute in Rome.


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Halford M. Welch, ASLA, AICP

Senior Director of Capital Projects
Center City District of Philadelphia

Hal has over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, urban design and construction project management. He currently is the senior director of capital projects for the Center City District. Projects include: installation of pedestrian lighting, street tree program, Avenue of the Arts lighting, City Hall lighting, construction of Sister Cities at Logan Square, Dilworth Park at City Hall/Center Square, the Rail Park in the Callowhill neighborhood and The Holocaust Memorial on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parks and streetscapes program also maintains numerous sites and programs for the continued enjoyment of Philadelphians, local businesses and visitors.


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Gail Harrity

President and COO
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Highly collaborative and accomplished leader serving as the President and COO of the PMA, Gail Harrity provides strategic-vision and a strong management record of setting priorities leading world-class organizations to success. She oversees a wide-range of functions including legal, financial, development, marketing, membership and visitor-services, interpretive and information technologies, facilities management and external affairs for the Museum. She has played a central role in strategic-planning, the creation of a multi-year comprehensive facilities masterplan and the implementation of audience building and digital technology initiatives, including the development of a central database for the Museum’s collection providing global access to the art.


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Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA

Executive director and distinguished teaching professor
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University

Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA, is the founding executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University with a joint appointment as a distinguished teaching professor in Drexel’s Westpahl College of Media Arts and Design. Harris also serves as a special advisor to the president of Drexel University on urbanism.

The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University forges innovative strategies to equitably advance cities - drawing inspiration from Drexel University’s commitment to civic engagement and experiential education to train the next generation of urban leaders.
Harris currently chairs the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force.


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FS-009 - Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway—100 Years

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