Zac Stevenson

Zachary Stevenson, RA

Zac is the Senior Director of Planning, Design and Construction at Penn Engineering. He’s a registered architect with his Masters in Architecture from Temple University and has held positions at Temple and Cornell Universities.
Zac’s interest in campus planning stems from the intersection of historic preservation, re-use and contemporary design. Within this context, current projects at Penn Engineering focus on providing new opportunities for student engagement, research space and student space.

Zac grew up in New Zealand and spent 12 years in Seattle, WA before settling on the East Coast.

Amy Gutmann Hall, A New Home for Data Science for Penn Engineering

Penn Engineering’s Amy Gutmann Hall will serve as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaborations that harness research and data across Penn’s 12 schools and numerous academic centers. At six-stories tall, the building is on track to become Philadelphia’s tallest new mass timber building. This presentation will consist of a brief project and design overview followed by a panel discussion amongst representatives from the project team. Panelists will explore the decision to pursue mass timber, highlighting its benefits to schedule, cost, sustainability, and impact on occupant well-being, as well as the feasibility and accessibility of this construction type. The goal of this session is to educate, motivate, and inspire others by showcasing the ease, efficiency, and natural beauty of wood in the building’s design.