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November 16, 2018
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Member News

Penn Announces New University Architect

By University of Pennsylvania
Mark A. Kocent AIA, AICP

The University of Pennsylvania has announced that Mark Kocent, AIA, AICP has been selected as the University Architect, effective July 2, 2018.

Mark served as Penn’s Principal Planner for the past 14 years, supporting the Office of the University Architect in all aspects of architect selection, design review, campus planning and community engagement. He served on the Boards of AIA Philadelphia, the Penn Design Alumni Association, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. He also represents Penn in multiple local and regional planning initiatives and in speaking engagements at local and national AIA, American Institute of Certified Planners and Society for College and University Planning conferences.

Mark managed the creation of the University’s award-winning Penn Connects campus master plan, its subsequent 2.0 and soon to be released 3.0 updates. This 30-year vision guides the development framework of the University’s 300-acre West Philadelphia campus with a focus on eastern expansion opportunities along the Schuylkill River, the evolution of the 40th Street corridor and the emerging Pennovation Works tech transfer hub located along Grays Ferry Avenue. From 2006-2017 these plans have produced over 6M square feet of new development, 2.7M square feet of renovated space and 30 additional acres of open space with a total of $3.8B of capital investment in University City.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree in the Design of the Environment and a Masters in City Planning and Urban Design from PennDesign as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel. His professional experience includes 20 years of architectural and planning practice in Philadelphia, including eight years with Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

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