David Brownlee Wins Lifetime Achievement ‘Globy’

January 3, 2017

David Brownlee has received a lifetime achievement award from the Global Philadelphia Association for his contributions to the growth of the city. Brownlee is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art. He is a historian of modern architecture and urbanism in Europe and America and a Fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Brownlee was one of the earliest proponents of the effort by Philadelphia to become a World Heritage City and in 2012 joined the association’s project team that helped put together a comprehensive case statement. Once Philadelphia received the designation in 2015, Brownlee wrote and narrated a 28-minute film telling the city's World Heritage story, which debuted in 2016.

Today Brownlee is actively working on the key history and preservation sector of a World Heritage Strategic Plan developed by the association and the city. A recipient of Penn’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Brownlee has been recognized with numerous publication awards. He was named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2015.

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