Department of Physiology
The Richards Medical Research Laboratories were conceived and constructed as a workplace for teams of biomedical researchers. It was designed by prominent architect and Penn faculty member Louis Kahn and completed in 1962. Richards was Kahn's first internationally acclaimed work. Architectural historians have hailed it as one of the most influential buildings constructed after World War II. The visual signature of Richards is the distinctive broken roofline of brick towers that rises between concrete piers. This design has been replicated not only on the Penn campus but also in many other structures throughout the world.
The building was named for Dr. Alfred N. Richards, a Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and the Vice President for Medical Affairs. Among Richards' most significant accomplishments was the introduction of techniques for large-scale production of penicillin during World War II.
Richards Laboratories is in the National Register's University of Pennsylvania's Historic District.