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Praise for the Perelman Center

By June 14, 2019No Comments

A compilation of press and accolades about our home.


Design of new Drexel Hillel was inspired by a menorah

by Inga Saffron
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/22/2016

“[T]he architect, Stanley Saitowitz, has produced Drexel’s most powerful new building in years…. Slotted between a pair of Victorian houses on 34th Street, the three-story jewel box marries a deep commitment to modernist ideals with religious symbolism and some old-fashioned Philadelphia redbrick. At a time when so many new buildings in our city have become relentlessly generic, it’s a pleasure to see one saturated with narrative and meaning.”


25 Masterpieces that prove 2016 was an incredible year for architecture

by Sam Lubell
Wired Magazine, 12/30/2016

“Brick, it seems, is making a comeback, and no building better illustrates this than the new Raymond G. Perelman Center at Drexel University. Clad with a rich, tactile pattern of red masonry, the four-level building looks surprisingly light inside, thanks to ethereal lighting and large, geometric skylights.”


A new center for Jewish life in West Philly takes design cues from a menorah

by Audrey Wachs
The Architect’s Newspaper, 1/3/2017

“When students return to class at one Philadelphia school this semester, they will have a new Hillel to call home. The Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University, designed by San Francisco–based Natoma Architects, anchors Jewish life on campus. The firm, which came to the project with extensive experience designing spaces for Jewish life and memory, wanted to ‘create a continuing community of Jewish values through meeting, learning, ceremony and ritual.’”


Drexel’s Perelman Center for Jewish Life Building Praised for Its Architecture

by Alissa Falcone
Drexel Now, 1/9/2017

“The three-story, 14,000-square-foot structure houses Drexel Hillel and features event space for 100 or more people, a chapel, meeting rooms, student lounges and offices. A kosher kitchen and kosher food services are available, as is a large outdoor patio on the third floor that will be used for socializing and construction of a Sukkah, a traditional temporary shelter built during the holiday of Succoth.”