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Urban Wood Design Competition Logo
By Elizabeth Paul on Jul 21, 2021
Using wood from Fairmount Park to create prototype furniture for Philly Pools The Center for Architecture and Design (“Center”) today announced a call for submissions for a furniture design competition in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) and Mayor Kenney’s Rebuild initiative to bring this opportunity to local designers and fabricators. The competition challenges designers to design and/or fabricate pool furnishings using urban wood from PPR’s Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center. The goal of this Competition is to use local materials and talent to create innovative, affordable, durable furniture for use by Philadelphia residents who visit public pools. The... more
JADE-PHL Organization Matrix

The organizations of JADE-PHL.

By Richard Davies on Apr 16, 2021
I have had the privilege of being the Chair of the Center for Architecture and Design since 2017. During my first year, it was a priority for the organization to complete a strategic plan, and to make reigniting its languishing Architecture in Education program (now the “Architecture + Design Education Program”) a significant element of that plan. It was clear to me that we needed a strategic plan that clarified our values and streamlined our existing programs so that our small, yet mighty, staff could find the time, energy and messaging needed to get our Architecture + Design Education Program... more
By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 28, 2021
The Center for Architecture and Design Looks to Expand Design Education Curriculum to Reach More Students in Philadelphia The Center for Architecture and Design (Center) is pleased to welcome Michael Spain, Associate AIA, NOMA, as the new Director of Design Education. In this role, Michael will be responsible for expanding and implementing the K-12 student design education programming throughout Philadelphia. The Center has a 40-year history of offering design education in various forms. Still, in the last three years, the organization's focus shifted to providing underserved youth in Philadelphia classrooms with access to design education. Michael's day to day activities... more