DesignPhiladelphia 2015 Event Registration Now Open!


The Philadelphia Center for Architecture is now accepting event proposals for the 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, taking place from October 8-16

Working with over 150 partners each year, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival offers a wide range of open-sourced, independently organized, public programming to demonstrate Philadelphia’s re-emergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices. Events can include exhibitions, talks, workshops, demonstrations, tours, open studios, and street happenings – and span across all design disciplines.

Festival Theme

This year’s theme is SHIFT. We challenge you to create events that SHIFT commonly-held perspectives on how design influences everyday life. Allow your guests to explore the SHIFT in design processes, education, and practice towards a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach.

NEW! Program Tracks

Developed with input from our steering committee, the six program tracks support DesignPhiladelphia’s program goals and are aimed at a specific segment of our audience. This will not only help you reach your target market, but create a more “digestible” Festival experience for attendees. Note that each event submission must fall within a program track, so make sure you a familiar with them before submitting your proposal.


Support Philadelphia's makers! Source creative vendors and purchase design-forward products. Target audience: Consumers/Buyers with purchasing power interested in high-quality design, and locally made products and creative services.


Demonstrate the power design has to solve problems, create innovation, and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and city. Target audience: general public; civic, business, and community leaders.


Network and get inspired through professional development opportunities for design professionals, faculty, and students. Target audience: design professionals of all disciplines, college/graduate students, and design faculty.


Engage with design and learn about Philadelphia's historic and contemporary design assets through hands-on workshops and neighborhood tours. Target audience: general public; interested in urban exploration, Philadelphia history, and DIY activities.

Next Generation

Children and young adults explore design; its ability to shape their future and create positive change. Target audience: Families with, and educators of, children in grades K-12.


Meet the people, explore the ideas, and see the things inspiring the latest trends in design. Target audience: design aficionados, trend watchers, and style hunters.

Learn More

To learn more about the ways you can participate in this year's Festival, see frequently asked questions, download a copy of our event partner guide, and/or submit an event proposal, visit the DesignPhiladelphia website.

Remember, we are here to help! Contact Nova Harris, program manager, with any questions.





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