DesignPhiladelphia Festival Returns October 12-23, 2022

Nation’s oldest architecture and design festival boasts about 100 programs and exhibitions citywide and fills the Pier with interactive installations.


(Philadelphia, PA) – September 30, 2022 – The Center for Architecture and Design (Center) is excited to present the 2022 DesignPhiladelphia Festival October 12 - 23, with Thomas Jefferson University (Jefferson) once again supporting this special series of events as title sponsor.


After a smaller, but lively, 2021 COVID friendly comeback festival, 2022 promises to be a celebration of the local designers making an impact on a regional, national, and international scale. Starting with the Kickoff Party at Cherry Street Pier on October 12 from 5:30 - 9:00 PM. Just over 100 programs and exhibits will be happening throughout the city during the 12-day festival, and at the two festival hubs: Cherry Street Pier and the Center for Architecture and Design at 1218 Arch Street.


“This year’s programming has come together in a way that highlights our mission as an organization while touching on some of the more pressing issues of our time. For instance, how does design of the built environment impact how children learn outside of school or how can we create more healthy, equitable and inclusive environments?” says Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of the Center, “These questions are being asked all over the world and it is exciting to see our local design community rising to the challenge and offering their thoughts and potential solutions.”


Below are some of the programing highlights, to see the full calendar and event details, please visit the DesignPhiladelphia website.


Festival Highlights:


DesignPhiladelphia Kickoff Party

October 12, 2022, 5:30 – 9:00 PM | Cherry Street Pier


Party attendees can see the launch of the Emerging Design and Playful Learning exhibitions and experience immersive installations by Jefferson, Drexel University, Temple University, Artesano Iron Works, Steelcase, Corporate Interiors, Designtex, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, Tuft the World, and more. Enjoy eating and drinking in the open-air venue on the Delaware River. The Kickoff Party raises critical dollars to support the year-long programming and planning of DesignPhiladelphia. General Admission, Student, and VIP Design Advocate tickets are available at


Designing a Learning City Exhibition

October 12 – October 23 | Cherry Street Pier and Center for Architecture and Design


The Center, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, is curating and installing a new exhibition that explores projects led and supported by the Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN). Using the five principles of how kids learn — make it fun, make it active, make it engaging, make it meaningful, and make it socially interactive — PLLAN has worked with community groups and designers to transform public spaces that are not explicitly just for children, such as bus stops, libraries, and parks into hubs of playful learning.


The exhibition will showcase Playful Learning projects at both venues, Cherry Street Pier and the Center, with additional interactive experiences at Cherry Street Pier.


Emerging Designers Showcase

October 12 - 23, 2022 | Cherry Street Pier


This signature exhibition is a new spin on DesignPhiladelphia’s Best in Emerging Design competition. We’ve removed the competition and focused on inviting young and emerging designers to take advantage of prime public space to display their work. This year’s showcase includes furniture, lighting, landscape design, graphic and branding design, and floral design.


Design is Inclusive Exhibition and Panel

October 12 - 23, 2022 | Center for Architecture and Design


Design is Inclusive, an annual DesignPhiladelphia signature program highlighting local designers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year’s exhibition will focus on textiles and highlight designers with strong Philadelphia connections both past and present. The Cohort will include Grant Blvd, Hamid Holloman, Lewis Knauss, Liza Niles, Lou Badger, Malene Barnett, Miskeen Originals, Mi-Young Lee Studio, Sheila Bridges, Tim Eads & Tuft the World.


On October 18th, DesignPhiladelphia and it’s partner CFI Workspace are hosting a panel discussion at the Center discussing some of the work in the exhibition and innovations in textile design in general.


Kids Fest

October 15 – 16, 2022| Cherry Street Pier


The 2022 edition of KidsFest is sure to bring all the kids to the pier with workshops by Pal Socks, Fleisher Art Memorial, Stick-lets, Playful Modern Kids, Project Play, Playful Learning. Workshops will be divided with programs suitable for younger children in the morning and while older children can participate in the afternoon.


Other Festival Programs of Note:

·      Textile Design: Materiality, Artisanship, Collaboration – Online and in-person, Thomas Jefferson University, Tuesday, October 18.

·       Emergence of a Modern Dwelling: Richard Neutra’s Hassrick House - Thomas Jefferson University - Design, Engineering & Commerce Center, Monday, October 17

·       A-to-Z Manifesto of Equitable, Inclusive and Humane Design for the Built Environment - Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design URBN Center, Saturday, October 15

·       ContraFuerte: Animated Alley – Antonio Miguel Horn with Landau Design + Technology, Cuthbert Street Alley, Friday, October 21

·       The City of Philadelphia’s Equitable Community Engagement Toolkit: Towards a Shared Vision and Practice - Zoom– Carpenter’s Hall, October 20

·       MillerKnoll - Celebration of Design – Thursday, October 13, Center for Architecture and Design

·       "Waiting Room” – HOT•BED, Saturday, October 15.


More details and programs available at





DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Center for Architecture and Design, is the oldest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. Experience design in unexpected ways through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multimedia, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like. For more information on planning an event, sponsoring, advertising, or attending the Festival, visit



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