Princeton SoA Alumna Rossana Hu (M.Arch) of Neri&Hu has been selected to lead the architecture department as chair and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Hu will begin her new position starting on January 1, 2024, following Winka Dubbeldam, who has held the role since 2013.
Hu is a cofounder, alongside Lyndon Neri, of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, a Shanghai-based interdisciplinary architecture firm. The practice is known for their adaptive reuse projects. Their recent work includes the transformation of a former textile warehouse into a corporate headquarters for a pastry company and the renovation of the Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to adaptive reuse projects the practice has also worked on master planning, interior design, product design, and branding.
Prior to founding Neri&Hu in 2004, Hu worked for Ralph Lerner, Michael Graves, and The Architects Collaborative in San Francisco. She holds an M.Arch from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, with a minor in music. Hu has served as a professor and chair of the Department of Architecture in the College of Architecture & Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai and has previously held lecturer positions at universities across Europe, Asia, and the U.S., including University of California, Berkeley; Harvard Graduate School of Design; Yale School of Architecture; and University of Hong Kong. In Shanghai, Hu has worked on a number of design initiatives, including the Festival of Design, a lecture program that she co-founded in 2016.