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Campus Tour | Drexel University

Founding Vision and Turning Points
Published July 16, 2021
Presented by Nancy Rogo Trainer, Drexel University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Drexel University

From its beginnings in 1891, Philadelphia’s Drexel University has been a distinctly and intentionally urban institution. This campus tour will explore the campus by era, illustrating how various forces and prevailing attitudes towards city life have influenced the campus’s evolution. We will begin our tour with the extraordinary Main Building and conclude by sharing recent partnerships—with developers, the School District of Philadelphia, and others—that are enlivening the campus and strengthening its connections to the city.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Investigate Drexel’s campus history and consider how changing priorities and attitudes—including attitudes towards cities—have affected its development.
  2. Discuss the impacts of meeting the space needs of a contemporary private research university within an evolving urban neighborhood.
  3. Examine the capacity of partnerships to transform an urban university district.
  4. Describe complex urban planning and design issues as they relate to buildings and outdoor spaces as well as how these have changed over time.


Nancy Rogo Trainer, Drexel University

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1 Unit (SCUP56CT006) | AICP CM 1 Unit

Recorded 7/16/21.

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