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DesignPhiladelphia Launches the Groundbreaking JADE Fellowship Program

This groundbreaking initiative, in partnership with local colleges and universities, aims to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture within the architecture and design education space in Philadel...

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2024 Louis I. Kahn Award Honoring Weiss/Manfredi

WEISS/MANFREDI, a renowned New York architecture firm, will accept the 2024 Kahn Award, given by DesignPhiladelphia, on April 3, 2024 at the Penn Museum.

Mitchell J. Silver to Receive 2024 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award

DesignPhiladelphia is proud to announce that Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Hon. ASLA principal with McAdams, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award. Mitchell...

WEISS/MANFREDI Named 2024 Louis I. Kahn Award Winner

Weiss/Manfredi, a renowned New York based architecture firm — will present a talk in acceptance of the 37th Louis I. Kahn Award, an award given by DesignPhiladelphia. The ceremony will take place a...

The Center for Architecture and Design is now DesignPhiladelphia

The evolution of this Philadelphia institution is now hyper-focused on creating a city that is designed for and by everyone.

MEDIA ADVISORY: DesignPhiladelphia Festival Kicks Off October 4th at Cherry Street Pier

Exhibitions, installations, open houses, and talks — there's something for everyone at the 2023 festival.

DesignPhiladelphia Festival Kicks Off October 4th at Cherry Street Pier

The 2023 design festival highlights the designers behind the designs elevating Philadelphia.

Herzog & de Meuron Selected for Louis I. Kahn Award

The architects responsible for the design of the new Calder Gardens on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will give a special public presentation while accepting the 2023 Louis I. Kahn Award. The annual...

Theresa Hyuna Hwang to be Honored at the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards

Meet the winners of the 2023 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards, community-engaged architect Theresa Hwang and teams of students from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Desig...

DesignPhiladelphia Festival Returns October 12-23, 2022

In its 18th year, DesignPhiladelphia once again takes over Cherry Street Pier with dozens of exhibitions and installations.

Author, Professor, and Designer, Toni L. Griffin to be Honored at the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards

Urban designer and professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Toni L. Griffin, will be the 2022 recipient of the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award. The ceremony will be ...

AIA Philadelphia Announces 2021 Individual Award Winners

Individuals honored for achievements in the architecture industry.

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Our History

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.

Our Vision

Together we will create a Philadelphia that is designed for and by everyone.

Our Mission

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.

Our Purpose

For Students We Will: Open doors and create economic opportunities in undeserved 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.

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