Exhibitions

In the Gallery:

Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys
November 29, 2013 - January 30, 2014 (closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

With over 50 toys on display from the past 175 years, “Constructing Play” explores the history of play and the pedagogical foundation that underlies the creation of building toys. Visitors to this exhibition will learn about their favorite toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K’Nex. They will also learn how structures stay up, discover famous local buildings in miniature, and see how toy designers took inspiration from the past to create today’s most popular building toys. Visitors can also show off their building skills in our popular Hands-On carts… ”Build it small, build it tall, build it all!" Join us for fun hands-on Family Workshops and Parent Dialogues on how to make the most out of the toys you provide for your children: http://PhiladelphiaCFA.TicketLeap.com.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Degrees of Design: Student Work from Local Architecture + Design Schools
February 3 - March 7, 2013

Featuring student work from Drexel University, Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of the Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. The participating schools choose a selection of student work from various design departments within their institutions, from architecture and interior design to urban planning and landscape architecture.

Semi-Permanent:

Vintage Neon
On loan from Davidson Neon and the Neon Museum of Philadelphia, www.davidsonneon.com
This luminous exhibition contains over a dozen historic neon signs, most from the golden era of neon, the 1930s through the 1950s. The collection includes dazzling local and national examples of this 20th Century art form, including a winking Buster Brown, running Greyhound Bus Line logo, and a local favorite - McGillin's Old Ale House. The exhibition unofficially continues on the streets of Philadelphia, where examples of Davidson Neon's work can be seen around town, including the newly restored signs at the Reading Terminal Market just a half block from the Center.
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Iconic Philadelphia: Photographs of Great Buildings
From City Hall to the Comcast Building and everything in-between, this survey of Philadelphia's greatest architectural achievements features stunning full-color photographs by Wyatt Gallery.

3-D Model of Center City Philadelphia
Come view this miniature model of Center City Philadelphia which includes the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and City Hall, among other notable features.
Open now!

Annual Exhibitions:

Home Showcase: Residential Designs by AIA Philadelphia Members
Early March - to coincide with the Philadelphia Flower Show

Come see our annual celebration of the best in residential architecture by AIA Philadelphia members!

Philadelphia Emerging Architect Prize
March-April

Awarded every two years in recognition of an emerging Philadelphia-area architecture firm producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. Selected through a juried portfolio submission, the winning firm presents their design processes and philosophies through a lecture and exhibition.

International Ed Bacon Student Urban Design Competition Winning Entries
August

Explore visionary ideas for redeveloping places and systems in Philadelphia from award-winning international student design teams. Just in time to prepare for this Fall's competition, take a look at last year's winning entries to see what it takes to win.

Art by Architects: Annual Fundraising Exhibition
September

The Center's annual celebration of architects' creativity! This exhibition of fine art by architects highlights these designers' other artistic talents in painting, photography, sculpture, and more. Proceeds from the sale of these creative works support the Center for Architecture's educational programs throughout the year.

Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys
Thanksgiving through January

With over 50 toys on display from the past 175 years, Constructing Play explores the history of play and the pedagogical foundation that underlies the creation of building toys. Visitors to this exhibition will learn about their favorite toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K'Nex. Hands-on activities

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