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October 6, 2014
Celebrate A Decade of Design with the DesignPhiladelphia Festival this October. The annual event commemorates technology and architecture in Philadelphia and exhibits the work of more than 400 local designers, architects, and creative businesses. Previously housed at the University of the Arts, this year the festival will operate from the Philadelphia Center for Architecture; DesignPhiladelphia Founder and Executive Director Hilary Jay was recently named director of the Center for Architecture, as well.
October 2, 2014
Designer Alex Gilliam is uncannily perceptive about kids, and he works hard to cultivate their potential and innate creativity. Gilliam is director of Public Workshop, which he describes as a "cheerleader of possibility" and whose aim is to grow talented community-design leaders.
September 11, 2014

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) invites you to the 42nd Annual NOMA International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 1-4, 2014 at the historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel. With the theme, “For the LOVE of It: Community…History…Design,” the NOMA 2014 conference will celebrate architecture in the vibrant, innovative design environment, Philadelphia.

July 26, 2014
Visit Philly, as part of the With Love, Philadelphia XOXO campaign, is running a photo contest now through August 3rd. The contest is open to regional residents, visitors, and fans for the chance to engage with Philadelphia and show off their best Philly image on a Phillyosophy billboard. The winning photo will appear on an I-95 billboard this fall as part of the popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO campaign.
July 10, 2014
DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary festival launches on the evening of October 8th with an experiential benefit and cocktail party not-to-be-missed! This year's kick off is hosted by Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet in their new 8,400 square-foot design headquarters in Fishtown - a neighborhood that has quickly become a Philadelphia design destination. PopUp Place guests will explore how inspired design intersects cutting-edge technology and enjoy delicious food and drink while mingling with designers and creatives, movers, and shakers.
July 1, 2014
After fourteen years with the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and its affiliated Center for Architecture, John Claypool has retired and left his position as executive director.
June 17, 2014
Rebecca Johnson has been named Executive Director of AIAPhiladelphia (Chapter) and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Center). In this role, she will lead the Chapter and the Center, advocating for the architectural profession and the importance of architecture to the Greater Philadelphia community.
June 2, 2014
In this three-hour hands-on class students will gain an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing. You will be shown how neon colors are made, types of signs, electrical transformers, and neon-related hardware. Images will be projected illustrating neon applications and iconic neon signs. This class is geared towards anyone who wants to learn about or use neon, and will go into more depth than the neon walking tours or talks held at the Center. Admission for this class will be limited to 20 participants.
Germantown Hall, 1997
May 29, 2014
Join photographer Vincent Feldman at the Center for Architecure on a tour of images taken from his book, City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia. These photographs portray aspects of the decaying architectural landscape of Philadelphia during the 1990s to early 2000s, images not unknown to current Philadelphia residents. Mr. Feldman’s work illuminates the struggles and controversies that haunt preservation in the nation’s most historic center. Feldman will show highlights from the project and tell stories behind the photographs to shed light on the city’s troubling late 20th century history.
May 13, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8PM – 10PM in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: ALL tickets are now $25. For tickets, click here, and use code "AIAcans14" to get the special $25 ticket! Join AIA Philadelphia's Associate Committee and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture as we celebrate the winning entries from the 8th annual CANstruction design competition and food drive.