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Paul Hirshorn was the Head of the Department of Architecture from 1986 to 2007, the Head of the Department of Architecture + Interiors from 2007 to 2010 and the Architecture program Director in the academic year 2010/2011. He has been a member of the faculty since 1974 - an adjunct professor until appointed Department Head in 1986. Under his leadership the Department launched the unique 2+4 Option, added Summer Study Tours in Rome and Paris, and the Arfaa Lecture Series in Architecture. From 1977 to 1986 he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and was in private practice. Previously he had worked for the Philadelphia firms of Venturi & Rauch and Ueland & Junker.
Paul Hirshorn is the co-author of White Towers, a study of signs and symbolism in commercial vernacular architecture. He earned BA, M. Arch. and MCP degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Architecture from Cambridge University where he studied as a Thouron Scholar from 1964 to 1967. He served as a Director of AIA Philadelphia from 1991 to 1993 and has been the chairman of the Architectural Review Committee of the City of Camden from 1990 to 2001. In 1990 Professor Hirshorn received the Joseph S. Mozino Award for service to evening students and was the Stanley J. Gwiazda Professor for 1996-97. He received the John Harbeson Award for service to the profession from AIA Philadelphia in 2010.