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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
By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Jul 30, 2020
Over the past three years, the Center for Architecture and Design has shifted its programming priorities in order to expand our K-12 educational program offerings. As part of our Strategic Plan, we asserted: We believe every student deserves access to design education. And we've been working hard to live up to our beliefs. We expanded our in-class Architecture in Education program, we offered more Saturday Family workshops on all types of design, and we strengthened our partnerships with other student-focused organizations to incorporate design education to as many young people as possible. In both 2018 and 2019, we served over... more