About | DesignPhiladelphia

About

 

ABOUT DESIGNPHILADELPHIA

DesignPhiladelphia is a 10-day festival that happens every October.  The festival is produced by the Center for Architecture and Design in order to highlight Philadelphia as a hub for design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives.

We know that Philadelphia is a DESIGN city – we know that designers are a critical part of our local economy.  We want to provide them the opportunity, show them off to the rest of the world, and support them by serving as a resource to help them thrive.

We also believe that thoughtful design can inspire and empower people within their local communities. This is why we produce the festival and convene over 130 events every October – to show the public the impact and power of design and how it can make our city and our lives better.  We curate exhibitions, tours, programs, and workshops all over the City of Philadelphia so that locals and visitors alike can see Philadelphia the way that we do – one of America’s most creative and robust design cities.
 

HISTORY

Philadelphia is a unique city with a strong history and tradition in design, manufacturing, and architecture. The days of being called “the workshop of the world” are in the past, but Philadelphia’s identity as a hub for creative activity never vanished - instead it was transformed. The opportunities for design exploration and innovation through the wealth of cultural institutions, universities, and an expanding entrepreneurial base are endless. In this setting, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival emerged in 2005 to identify, celebrate and raise the profile of this city’s creative economy.

 

MISSION

DesignPhiladelphia’s mission is to make Philadelphia a hub for design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives.

 

FUTURE

In 2019, DesignPhiladelphia is going to announce an exciting endeavor that will extend the brand from a 10-day festival – to a 365-day resource for the local design community. We will continue the festival, but we will invest in our designers and our community all year long. Stay tuned for details! We. Can. Not. Wait. 

 

 

STAFF

 

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

  Rebecca Johnson | Executive Director     Tim Barnes | Shiftspace 
  Elizabeth Paul | Communications Director     Cary Betagole | Sidedoor Co-op
  Jermaine Jenkins | Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships     Karin Copeland | Creativexchange
  Erike De Veyra | Community Outreach and Program Manager     Royce Epstein | Mohawk + Textiles
  Tiffany Mercer-Robbins | Communications and Creative Design Manager     Saeed Ferguson | ALLCAPSSTUDIO
        Neil Frauenglass | 36 Craven
        Sylvie Gallier Howard | City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce
        Kristina Jenkins | Visit Philly
        Antoinette Marie Johnson | COHERE
        Eric Kaplan | NextFab
        Shannon Maldonando | Yowie
        Bernardo Margulis | AIGA Philadelphia + Makes Me Happy
        Chris McAdams | Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Architecture Department
        Natalie Nixon | Figure8 Thinking
        Walé Oyéjidé | Ikire Jones
        Amy Rees | ex;t
        Pia Panaligan | Senpai+Kohai + Humanitas Movement