Willa Granger

Willa Granger

Philadelphia, PA, US




History Making Productions, Philadelphia, PA, US, Marketing, Communications, Grants, Administration

Sep 2013 - current

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY, US, Peter Krueger Curatorial Intern

Providing assistance to both the Product Design and the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design departments in conducting research and writing for the museum’s reopening, as well as object handling and updating TMS.

May 2013 - current

Dr. George Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant

Conducted research on Frank Furness for Professor George Thomas. Digitized and recorded 600+ architectural images.

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US, Curatorial Assistant

Helped to research and organize components of Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art (September- December 2012). Produced digital presentations on Frank Furness. Conducted general research and archival inquiries.

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Friday Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Urban Studies Intern

Conducted research and compiled information for commissions. Produced visual and textual documents for clients and collaborators.

Jan 2012 - May 2012

Scenic Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, US, Communications Intern

Wrote press releases, managed website updates, wrote donor letters, created curriculum for summer outreach program for Philadelphia youth.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

Assisted curator of Historical American Art in researching and compiling information regarding a forthcoming Frank Furness exhibit. Projects included archival research, producing an item catalogue, and creating an informational PowerPoint, in addition to research on other exhibits.

May 2011 - Aug 2011


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, Urban Studies

Major in Urban Studies with an Honors thesis on Louis I. Kahn's defense housing development, Pennypack Woods. Double minor in Architectural History and English. Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 3.93 GPA. Phi Beta Kappa. Dean's List, 2009-2013.

Sep 2009 - May 2013

University College London (UCL), London, England , Urban Planning

Fall semester abroad at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment.

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011


Norman Glickman Best Senior Paper Award, 1st Place

Award from the Urban Studies department for the best senior thesis.


Jacques Gordon Award, Grant

Award from the Urban Studies department for a student working in a public service internship. Received award for my work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.


Civic House Public Interest Internship Fund, Grant

The Civic House Public Interest Internship Fund provide support for selected University of Pennsylvania undergraduates who have secured summer internships with a nonprofit or public sector organization. Funded my work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.


Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium Grant, Grant

Funded my research on the institutional influence of the Franklin Institute throughout 19th century Philadelphia.


Senior Creative Writing Award, Award

Granted to one student each year at Mamaroneck High School.


Excellence in Writing Award, from the Association of University Women, Award


National Gold Metal for Poetry, Award

The Scholastic Arts and Writers Award


Carolyn Kizer Award, 1st Place

University of Washington, Seattle Review. For the poem, "The Fibonacci Code."


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