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On the Rise Exhibit 1
February 13, 2020

This year’s On The Rise exhibition (January 23 – March 5, 2020) honors the 2019 Philadelphia Emerging Architect (PEA) winning firm Studio 6mm, fo

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February 7, 2020

The Center for Architecture and Design has been approved for an Art Works grant to support an exhibition celebrating the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

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Best in Design finalist, CoLab Philadelphia.

August 7, 2019

Now in its second year, DesignPhiladelphia’s Best in Design challenge asks regional designers and design companies to submit innovative, high-quality products or design solutions that make life better.

February 11, 2015

Do you want to see what Philadelphia's best and brightest design and architecture students have been up to? Join us at the Center for Architecture tomorrow, February 12th from 5:30-7:30pm, for an opening reception celebrating Degrees of Design. This annual exhibition features student work from Philadelphia's five architecture and design schools including The Charter High School for Architecture & Design, Drexel University, Temple University, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia University, and University of the Arts.

July 31, 2014
You won't want to miss this lineup of First Friday openings from our friends and around town in Philadelphia August 1, 2014.
June 13, 2014
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique. It focuses on the transformation of the interior of our main building through the renovation of beloved spaces like the Great Stair Hall, dramatic improvements to how our visitors will enter and move through the Museum, and the creation of a substantial amount of new space for the display of more works of art and for a new Education Center.
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.
February 14, 2014
DEGREES OF DESIGN is the Center for Architecture's annual exhibition featuring the work from Philadelphia's Architecture + Design Schools. Each year, the exhibit showcases the creative work happening in Philadelphia under the guidance of the educators at our local architecture and design schools. The participating schools each choose a selection of student work from various design departments within their institutions. The work - ranging from architecture to interior design to urban planning and landscape architecture - represents the diversity of the instructional theories, philosophies, and teaching techniques of each school.
November 12, 2013
November 29, 2013 - January 31, 2014 at Philadelphia Center for Architecture 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Free The Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys Exhibition explores the history of building toys and the educational foundation which underlies their creation. Over 60 historic building toys, selected from the Center for Architecture's collection and spanning the past 175 years will be on display starting November 29th through January 31st. Visitors to this free exhibit will learn about their favorite construction 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. The popular "Hands On Carts" allow visitors to show off their own building skills. While some of the toys on display are classics known the world over, there will be many lesser known toys in the mix; including Brickplayer, a miniature brick-casting kit; Astrolite, a light-up sci-fi building set made of clear acrylic from the 1970s; and Bild-O-Brik, a rubber precursor to LEGO from the 1930s.