Join the Center for Architecture and Design in honoring Theaster Gates, winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his career spent developing properties which engage local communities with their neighbors and neighborhoods through culture and art. Gates, a Chicago-based artist and founder of the Rebuild Foundation, has spearheaded the creation of nearly a dozen community and culture centers, each with a specific focus – from African American cinema to small, community-based creative manufacturing companies.
Also honored at this ceremony will be the winners of the 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge. This year's urban design challenge asked students to develop plans to transform the abandoned City Branch rail tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue into a recreational trail and cultural destination. This year's competition was produced in partnership with The Rail Park.
The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception. FREE valet parking will be available.
With the purchase of a VIP ticket, we invite you to join us and the award winners before the ceremony at 5:00 PM for our VIP Reception which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Theaster Gates, the competition winners, local dignitaries, and our invaluable sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM | VIP Reception (requires VIP ticket)
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM | Awards Ceremony + Talk
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM | Coffee + Dessert Reception
The Rail Park
KEYNOTE: MIS Capital LLC
SILVER: The Bacon Family
Cecil Baker + Partners
Drexel University Westphal College:
Department of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism
+ Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
O'Donnell & Naccarato
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Fairmount Park Conservancy
Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Saul Ewing LLP
University of Pennsylvania
VSBA Architects + Planners