Building A Landmark of Twenty-First-Century Learning

Penn GSE is preparing educators and leaders for a future we can only begin to imagine.

Passionate students are drawn to Penn GSE as they seek to become change agents who can navigate new learning approaches and technologies as well as a range of social, economic, and policy environments. Now, as the School embraces a bold vision for its next era and the field of education, facilities that match the excellence of this vision are necessary to ensure a cohesive and inspiring future. Penn GSE is embarking upon a building expansion that will keep the School at the forefront of the field, consolidate its degree programs in one location, and create a multifaceted home for education on campus.


The images shown here are of a conceptual nature, illustrating the intended massing of potential additions and proposed scope of interior work. The final design of the addition and interior renovations will continue to develop and advance in future months in accordance with the program requirements and budget targets.

Penn GSE breaks ground for historic building expansion

Penn GSE’s much-awaited, major building expansion project officially began on April 19, 2022, with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by about 100 Penn GSE community members and guests.

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  • Active Learning Classrooms

    These flexible, interactive learning classrooms are positioned on the first and second floors of the Academic Innovation addition and Stiteler Hall. These spaces will serve programs across the School, including both traditional and executive-format students, and include the functionality to be opened into two distinct, large conference and event spaces. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IMAGE

  • Innovation Hub

    Rendering of students interacting at tables in a large classroom with glass walls showing two additional classrooms. The words “media” and “make” appear in large type on the walls of the main room.

    This bright, innovative, and collaborative space is designed to represent the pinnacle of twenty-first-century learning spaces and teaching. It includes the Makerspace, the Media Lab, a home for Catalyst (the School’s center for global education innovation), and a large, flexible, interdisciplinary Innovation Studio. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IMAGE

  • Learning Commons

    This multi-use space and lounge is located on the second floor of the expansion for the use of all members of the Penn GSE community. It includes clustered seating and work areas and may be transformed into a spacious pre-event/reception space. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IMAGE

  • New Entrance Lobby/Overlook

    Located on the ground floor, this prominent new entrance will welcome all to the Graduate School of Education from the 37th Street walkway that connects Walnut Street and Locust Walk. This space features a two-story glass lobby that opens to the second floor Overlook and adjacent Innovation Hub. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IMAGE

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Penn GSE Building Expansion

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) partners with schools and communities to expand educational opportunities. Through rigorous research and innovative programs, we produce new knowledge and transformational teachers and leaders. Through the School’s Extraordinary Impact Campaign, part of the University’s Power of Penn Campaign, Penn GSE will continue to fortify the breadth, depth, and reach of its research and practical impact. The new Penn GSE capital expansion project will support cutting-edge teaching and learning spaces and foster the development and utilization of new technologies, giving students a dramatically enhanced experience of academic and professional community.

Core of Education at Penn

In this dynamic hub for Penn GSE’s diverse programs, students will gain a broader understanding of the scope of education; its social, economic, and political contexts; and how to address complex issues in order to effect change.

Cutting-Edge Teaching and Learning Spaces

State-of-the-art learning environments will promote the use and development of new technologies to meet the demands of the twenty-first century and beyond.

Hub of Innovative Practices in Education

With a premier location at the center of campus, the facility will bridge the fields of education, business, and entrepreneurship to generate new teaching and learning solutions across fields, industries, and contexts.