A New Chapter for DesignPhiladelphia at the Center for Architecture


Dear Friends, Colleagues and Design Enthusiasts,

Time flies! After establishing DesignPhiladelphia more than ten years ago, I am stepping away as the Director of the program, and as Director of the Center for Architecture. The timing is right. After a decade at the helm, DesignPhiladelphia is on sound footing with a terrific team in place to ensure its success for years to come.

DesignPhiladelphia was the first of its kind in the U.S. and it has served as an inspiration and model for design festivals nationwide. Here in Philadelphia, it catalyzes the creative community, breaks down silos among the design disciplines, and brings increased recognition to design’s economic impact. It has sparked innovative neighborhood initiatives, supported the attraction and growth of design and maker businesses, and heightened interest in urban design opportunities. And the best part is we are now fueling collaborations and ongoing partnerships across the city all year-round.

For making this all possible I want to thank the corporations, foundations and small businesses that have supported DP with underwriting, generous pro bono services and event hosting, as well as the early imagineers of the Festival, Jamer Hunt and Joseph Dennis Kelly. Together, with hundreds of talented design professionals, plus cultural, community and business leaders, we’ve made an impact.

Bringing DesignPhiladelphia to its new home at the Center for Architecture in 2013 has broadened the audience for both the Center and DesignPhiladelphia, and given the creative community a place to call home. The festival is now a landmark on Philadelphia’s cultural calendar, and I know it will continue to flourish as the Center for Architecture’s signature event.

Design has propelled my career and infused my life with purpose. Since my days as a journalist writing on design topics for national publications, to curating exhibitions, to this moment now, I have been committed to helping people understand the way design effects every aspect of their lives. Design is omnipresent, and there are many possible ways to spread its gospel.

Stay in touch. I look forward to working on new creative ventures with you.

Hilary Jay
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