Center for Architecture and Design
The Center provides Philadelphia with educational programs, exhibitions, and a public forum to explore architecture, urban planning, and design, allowing visitors the opportunity to understand how these disciplines affect us all in our daily lives. Using our city's distinctive breadth of architecture, pioneering urban design, and manufacturing heritage as the foundation for conversation, we educate the public through talks, exhibitions, publications, hands-on workshops, design competitions, festivals, and children’s programming.
The Center's signature annual festival, DesignPhiladelphia, is the oldest of its kind in the nation. Over the course of 11 days each October, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of hundreds of local designers, architects, and creative professionals with 100+ events citywide including panel discussions, hands-on workshops, studio tours, book signings, professional development classes, design exhibitions, fashion shows, and imaginative celebrations.
The Center brings together architects, designers, developers, building industry partners, thought leaders, local representatives, and the public under one roof and also provides office space to AIA Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative. An independent 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization, the Center was founded in 2002 by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Philadelphia). The Center is free to visit and open to the public five days a week. See less expand_less The Center provides Philadelphia with educational programs, exhibitions, and a public forum to explore architecture, urban planning, and design, allowing visito... See more expand_more
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