Founded in 2009, AIA Philadelphia initiated a mission to spark passion for architecture and design creating an organization and physical hub at 1218 Arch Street called the Center for Architecture . The AIA Bookstore was our public face, flanked by AIA Philadelphia Chapter and Community Design Collaborative offices. By 2013, we embraced the DesignPhiladelphia festival, leading to our 2016 rebranding as the Center for Architecture and Design, showcasing our multidisciplinary approach. Today, we've rebranded our organization as DesignPhiladelphia and renamed our building as the Center for DesignPhiladelphia. This critical step reinforces our dedication to inclusivity and collaboration in design.
Together we will create a Philadelphia that is designed for and by everyone.
We foster a vibrant design community from K through Career committed to excellence, inclusivity, and connections. As an invaluable partner in Philadelphia’s progress we do that through multidisciplinary design education, our annual festival, and public programs.
For Students We Will: Open doors and create economic opportunities in underserved communities, providing support and sparking new aspirations, from kindergarten through career.
For Designers We Will: Support and unify the design industry across the region; make it less siloed, more inclusive, and more consequential in Philadelphia’s progress.
For the Philadelphia Region We Will: Ignite the narrative that Philadelphia is a global design hub, charting a new course to make design by and for everyone.
Board of Directors
Paul Avazier, AIA,
LEED AP BD+C, NCARB |
Principal, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Elizabeth Class-Maldonado |
Board Vice Chair
Program Director, Trust for Public Land
Robert Shuman Jr. ,
AIA, LEED AP
Associate Professor of Architecture, Temple University
Board Leadership Committee
CEO & Founder, RevitGods
Chief Operating Officer, Gattuso Development Partners, LLC
Vice President, Operations & Finance,General Building Contractors Association
Richard J. Davies, Esq.
Partner, Milber Makris Piosadis & Seiden LLP
Executive Director, Design & User Experience, FS Investments
Managing Director, U3 Advisors
AIA, LEED AP, NOMA
Director of Online Innovation, University of Pennsylvania
Steven H. Gendler
Principal, MIS Capital LLC
Michael Herrmann, PE
Principal, O'Donnell & Naccarato
Senior Business Development Manager, Langan
Founder & President, Exit Design
President, Meyer Design Inc.
William W. McDowell, III
Senior Director, Development, National Development
Stephen W. Pouppirt
President, Clemens Construction Co., Inc.
Studio Director, SALT Design Studio
James W. Rowe, AIA
Principal, Studio Agoos Lovera
Denise Thompson, AIA , LEED BD+C
Principal, Ally Partners
AIA, LEED AP
Senior Architect, Preservation Design Partnership, LLC
Tya Winn, NOMA
Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative
Associate AIA, NOMA
Director of Design Education
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Events and Venue Sales Coordinator
Creative Projects Manager
Program Manager of Design Education
Program and Content Coordinator