Philadelphia, PA, April 2, 2018 – The Center for Architecture and Design (Center) is pleased to welcome Erike De Veyra, Assoc. AIA, as the new Community Outreach and Program Manager. In this role, Erike will manage the day to day activities of the Center’s signature event, DesignPhiladelphia, while providing support for other Center events including the annual Louis I Kahn Memorial Award + Talk, annual Edmund N. Bacon Award + Talk, as well as a variety of kids and family workshops.
Ms. De Veyra is a designer, connector and tactical urbanist. For almost a decade, her career has been as an architectural designer and project manager on renovation and alteration work for public buildings, higher education, and commercial spaces. However, in addition to her day job, Erike has focused on her true passions based on the belief that design should be accessible to all – from postcards, toys, a parking spot or window display, to mixed-use buildings. She has showcased her continued enthusiasm through volunteering and participating with many of Philadelphia’s design-based organizations including the Center for Architecture and Design, PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia, AIA Philadelphia, DesignPhiladelphia and the Community Design Collaborative. Erike has had her art, photography, and pottery displayed and published in Artist Wanted/See.Me - EXPOSURE, Art Takes Times Square; Art House Co-op’s A Million Little Photographs, the Art by Architects Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Day, and the Fairmount Arts Crawl. She recently curated Philadelphia’s entry to the Outside the Box Exhibition featured in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and WantedDesign Brooklyn (in May). She also dabbles in the design and creation of homemade kids toys and household goods and has had her products featured at the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Pop-Up Shop, Nesting House South Philadelphia, and Circle of Hope’s Art Shop.
Erike completed a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Photography from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. She was most recently a Project Designer and Marketing Manager with CICADA Architecture/Planning and previously worked for other local small/mid-sized architecture firms, and the U.S. General Services Administration. Erike has served on the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design Board, Infill Philadelphia’s Play Space Ad Hoc Committee, Jefferson Alumni Board and the College of the Built Environment Advancement (C-ABE) Council, the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors, and AIA Philadelphia Emerging Architects Committee as the Marketing & Communications, Design Competitions and Spooktacular chair, and co-chair Fast Forward >> Philly (a DesignPhiladelphia event). She has also organized the annual PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia since 2012 while working with the founder of the local component, then finding its home with the Center. Erike has several accolades including Jefferson’s Young Alumni Achievement Award, AIA Philadelphia Volunteer of the Year Award, the first AIA Pennsylvania Associate Award for demonstrating professional and civic leadership, and was honored in the inaugural cohort of Philly Girls Do Good – recognizing and celebrating women leaders in design and community development. This past fall, through the Public Interest Design Institute, Erike became a Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Certified Professional.
With an in depth understanding of the Center’s missions and goals, most especially since leading the strategic planning efforts as a board member in 2017, Erike’s ambition is to elevate the design iconography of Philadelphia amongst other design capitals while staying deeply rooted in the community. “It’s a great time to be in Philadelphia as our city is gradually being recognized as an icon of innovation and progress, being culturally diverse, having strong neighborhood identities, and leading a handcrafted-maker evolution; I am excited to embark on a new chapter with an enthusiastic and supportive team at the Center.”