Rebecca Yanrong Gao Chen

Rebecca Yanrong Gao Chen

New York, NY, US


University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

Role: Architectural Designer; 

Site Area: 24,000 sq. m.;         GFA: 50,000 sq. m.;                 

Design Time: May ~ Aug. 2007;

Award: “The Design Award of Special Recognition” by the Pennsylvania SARA (Society of American Registered Architects); “An Honorable Mention in the Healthcare Sector” by World Architecture News (WAN); “The International Architecture Award for Best New Global Design” by Chicago Athenaeum; “LEED Silver certification” by USGBC.


The project is located in University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. The Center for Advanced Medicine is a part of an overall master plan for current and future expansion. The U-shaped facility houses the clinical departments and wraps around a transparent, 110-foot-high (33.5-meter) atrium, topped by a wood-clad volume that houses two stories of conference rooms and executive offices. The eight-story glazed atrium provides the focal point for the building entrance and a prominent urban landmark.

The Penn Medicine Translational Research Center (TRC) expansion, a 14-story extension adjacent to the western wing, contains three floors that extend the clinical spaces of the original Perelman Center, along with seven stories of research laboratories.

The hospital adopted a host of “green” strategies: a highly reflective roof to reduce heat island effect, electric car charging stations, bike parking, showers for bicyclists, and the use of local steel.

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Status: Built
Location: Philadelphia, PA, US
My Role: Architectural Designer
Additional Credits: Project Director: Jim Herr; Project Manager: David Hodge.