Our physical space at 1218 Arch Street is now named the Center for DesignPhiladelphia, marked by new window signage and exterior flags on the building.
We are also excited to announce that several design associations will be joining AIA Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative as In Residence Partners. This partnership will bring exhibitions, events, and programming to our space.
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What’s staying the same?
Our programming: Design Education, the Festival, the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards, and the Louis I. Kahn Lecture will all continue underneath the new DesignPhiladelphia brand.
AIA Philadelphia and DesignPhiladelphia will continue to coexist in our shared space. As part of this collaboration, both organizations will have shared staff members, including our Executive Director, Rebecca Johnson, and our Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Jermaine Jenkins.
The Community Design Collaborative will also continue operating their programs from our space. Furthermore, we are delighted to host PhilaNOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects), Design Advocacy Group, and Creative Mornings PHL for their meetings and events.
We look forward to this exciting new chapter as DesignPhiladelphia and can't wait to share our journey with you. Sign up for our newsletters now to stay connected and informed!
Design education for all
One of the guiding principles of DesignPhiladelphia is to make design accessible to everyone, so we are building a robust pipeline from K through Career. We are focused on bringing K-12 design education in underserved communities across Philadelphia. We also are cultivating a culture of belonging in partnership with our higher education partners and professional firms -- so that all students and emerging professionals can thrive and continue to grow as a designer.
Advance design practice across sectors
We invite anyone to participate in industry-changing conversations and collaborations, making our physical space and metaphorical table open to all.
Learn more about how we are expanding our programming and our space to become a multidisciplinary design hub for all student and professional designers.
Philadelphia is a design city.
Philadelphia is a city fueled by design, blending heart and grit. The designers in this region possess immense expertise and talent that often goes unnoticed. We have a platform for sharing these stories, both within our community and with the world. We recognize the innate desire of our design community to contribute to the creation of a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy city for all. Through our programs, we aim to highlight the invaluable role that designers play in the progress of our city and region.
As Time Passes by Isabel Minhos Martins is beautifully illustrated and reflects on the passing of time and the changes that are inevitable. Books fade and yellow, paths can become roads, trousers can become shorts, but some things never age. Families will create collages th… Read more
Join us in honoring Mitchell Silver and the student winners of the Center for Architecture and Design's 2024 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards. Mitchell is a principal with McAdams, a land planning and design company. He is responsible for providing advi… Read more
AISC's Visions in Steel exhibit shares the vibrant and often untold stories of the ironworkers who bring the buildings we design to life; their skilled work has shaped the fabric of our cities for years to come. As we continue to recognize the importance of diversity in the b… Read more
You’ve designed buildings. Muddied your boots in the field. But have you met the individuals who get the steel from drawings to jobsite? Celebrate the diverse stories of the people who build your projects at the opening reception for Visions in Steel Philadelphia! Join us… Read more
DesignPhiladelphia is thrilled to present the 37th Louis I. Kahn Award to Weiss/Manfredi. The award-winning firm, founded by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, has consistently pushed boundaries in architectural design, with projects ranging from cultural institutions to urb… Read more
An exciting opportunity for children to be fearlessly creative and design their very own personalized t-shirt. Through a series of fun and engaging techniques, we will learn about the elements of fashion design and create a unique art to wear t-shirt that reflects individua… Read more
Families will bring a photo in of their child’s favorite type of landscape-the beach,mountains, city, outer space, etc. We will then duplicate the space on a poster board and re-design the area by adding in architectural and natural elements and rearrange otherparts so that… Read more