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--“Pearl Street Passage,” an outdoor urban oasis, celebrates the progress on the physical transformation of the burgeoning neighborhood-- Philadelphia, PA, September 9, 2015 — DesignPhiladelphia, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture , will kick off this year’s festival in the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood with a temporary exhibition, Pearl Street Passage ...Read more
-- The 11th annual festival features a first-of-its-kind marquee event and “program tracks” to help festival-goers more easily discover close to 100 events showcasing artists and designers -- Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2015 — DesignPhiladelphia , the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and oldest design event of its kind in the country, will return for its 11th year with...Read more
Philadelphia, PA, May 19, 2015 – The Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Center) announces the departure of Hilary Jay, Director, as she moves on to her next adventure no longer serving as the director of the Center. The move is an amicable and mutual decision for both Jay and the Center.Read more
Philadelphia, PA, April 28, 2015 – Lord Norman Foster, architect for the Comcast Innovation + Technology Center, will present the Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.Read more
Philadelphia, PA, December 10, 2014 – The Philadelphia Center for Architecture (CFA) and the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge competition and Edmund N. Bacon Prize. The Better Philadelphia Challenge is an annual competition challenging university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia.Read more
Philadelphia, PA, September 12, 2014 - Returning this fall, DesignPhiladelphia’s festival - dubbed "A Decade of Design" in celebration of its 10th anniversary - will feature more than 120 events throughout the city from Thursday, October 9 through Friday, October 17. Over the last decade, DesignPhiladelphia has grown into America’s preeminent showcase for educating the public about the role design plays in our everyday lives through a wide breadth of innovative and experiential programming.Read more
Philadelphia, PA, July 10, 2014 - DesignPhiladelphia, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, was recently awarded a Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia grant for $25,555.33. Desiree Peterkinbell, Chair of the Mayor’s Fund of Philadelphia, notes, “DesignPhiladelphia showcases the talent, ingenuity and innovation of this great city and on behalf of Mayor Michael A. Nutter we are a proud supporter.”Read more
Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2014 - The Pearl Street and DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place creative space project, lead by the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (CFA), was named a recipient of one of 55 grants distributed by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) to fund creative placemaking projects across the United States. Since 2012, ArtPlace has distributed grants for a total of 189 creative space projects with $56.8 million in funding.Read more
Philadelphia, PA, June 17, 2014 - Rebecca Johnson has been named Executive Director of AIAPhiladelphia (Chapter) and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Center). In this role, she will lead the Chapter and the Center, advocating for the architectural profession and the importance of architecture to the Greater Philadelphia community.Read more