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By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Jun 19, 2018
Dear CHADvocate, I am writing to inform you regarding CHAD (The Charter High School for Architecture + Design) and its Charter status. Earlier this year, CHAD applied for renewal of its Charter. After review, the Charter School Office of the School District of Philadelphia is recommending that CHAD’s Charter not be renewed. The Charter office is making their evaluation based on a recently formulated statistical rubric. We believe this rubric does not tell CHAD’s full story since its existence in 1999. The Charter Office’s recommendation is an initial step in a long process. CHAD has an opportunity to make its... more
By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Apr 6, 2018
On February 18, BLT Architects welcomed 16 teams of university students to its 8th annual Student Design Charrette. Hosted for the first time as an in-person event, teams traveled from nine colleges to compete for internships with the firm and $1,000 each. The students were tasked with designing a mixed-use development adjacent to phase one of the new Rail Park in Philadelphia, including: 10,000 sf of Outdoor Open Space 100,000 sf / 50 units of Live / Work Residential Space and Gallery 100,000 sf of Innovative work / Makerspace. 20,000 sf of Retail / Food and Beverage space 5,000 sf... more
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Erike De Veyra, Assoc. AIA, new Community Outreach and Program Manager.

By Elizabeth Paul on Apr 2, 2018
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... more