Starting Monday, June 10th, Hilary Jay will step into a new role as director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. As the Center's first director, she will head the Center's fundraising efforts and programming initiatives. In addition, DesignPhiladelphia, of which Jay is the founding director of, will move from the University of the Arts to the Center for Architecture. This year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival, running October 10-18, 2013, will become a signature initiative of the Center, which serves as a hub for exploring design and the built environment for the public, civic leaders, and allied design professionals. The Center is also home to the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and the Community Design Collaborative. "The selection of Hilary Jay as the Center for Architecture's first director is a great step forward for our institution," said Keith Mock, AIA, president of the Center for Architecture's board of directors. "Hilary is highly respected by the City of Philadelphia and the region for her contributions to the Philadelphia cultural scene, as well her collaborations with allied design industries and the public who seek to promote and improve our built environment. We are thrilled that Hilary will lead our institution and accelerate our region's growing interest and appreciation of the vibrant places where we live, work and play." Registration for the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival is now open. Click here to participate.