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Rich Davies, President, Center for Architecture and Design
May 1, 2020 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2020 Festival, Center News, Buzz About the Center
Help us continue our programming this fall and keep our doors open and accessible to everyone. Dear Friends, Over the past month, all of us have been adapting to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives, our work, and our homes. We have talked with hundreds of you and will continue to hear your stories and share ours because although it's perhaps cliché at this point...it is true. We will only get through this together. We certainly miss seeing all of your faces at the Center for Architecture and Design - over the past 12 years, 1218 Arch Street has become this tremendous gathering place and in the process has created a culture that supports the larger design community. As many of you know, the Center relies heavily on private rentals to keep the lights on and keep the Center open and accessible to everyone. With the ban on gathering and social distancing requirements, that rental income has completely evaporated this year. Members of the Board of Directors of The Center for Architecture and the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA have committed to match, up to $10,000, the donations you make on or before #GivingTuesdayNow , May 5th...more
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July 27, 2018 | Center News, Explore + Learn
Seeking: Philadelphia-based K-12 teachers + volunteer architects and architecture students The beloved Architecture in Education programs returns to Philadelphia schools this fall! The program, which pairs a K-12 classroom teacher with two to three volunteer architects and architecture students, introduces children to the fields of architecture, urban planning, and design once a week for 4-8 weeks. We are seeking both teachers interested in bringing this program into their classroom and architects and architecture students interested in volunteering once a week for 4-8 weeks in a Philadelphia school. We believe every student should have access to design education and that a diverse design community is more responsive and accountable to the people it designs for. This program seeks to support both of those goals. If you are an architect or architecture student interested in volunteering in a classroom, please fill out our Volunteer Form and select the "K-12 Education" option If you are a teacher interested in bringing this program to your classroom, please email [email protected] with the following information: Your name Your school name Your classroom grade level Contact information for both you and your school principal A two-hour training session for interested teachers and volunteers will be held at...more
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Erike De Veyra, Assoc. AIA, new Community Outreach and Program Manager.

April 2, 2018 | Buzz About the Center, Center News, DesignPhiladelphia, Press Releases
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...more
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September 22, 2016 | Explore + Learn
The Senior Architecture students were tasked with the Parklette design/build. (Architecture is one of the 6 'majors' that CHAD offers and which students choose to pursue their senior year.) The students had 5 days to come up with ideas, develop them, build some study models, prototype some details, assemble the materials needed, build the components and install them. Most of the materials had to already be in the building. My analogy is that it's like opening the fridge and figuring out what to make for dinner. The idea started with a desire to include the entire school community in the Parklette design and creation. They wanted everyone to contribute. They also wanted to engage the passing-by public: to offer an opportunity for community engagement and creation participation. Inspired by some napkin sketches seen during the AIA 2016 Convention at the Center for Architecture & Design in May, we decided this design tradition would be a great, low tech/high reward activity. Everyone at school was offered an opportunity to contribute a sketch or two on provided napkins-- so was the public on Park(ing) Day. We ended up with hundreds which accumulated over the day. Then came the task of the design...more
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Rendering of Schuylkill Yard. Image Courtesy of Drexel University

September 21, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Architecture is always a key component in DesignPhiladelphia programming and this year there are a bevy of fascinating events that will provoke new avenues of thought and inspire excellence in architects, students, and enthusiasts alike. Here are some events that are sure to strike a chord with the designers of our built environment: 2016 Storefront Challenge Awards Celebration Thursday October 6th | 4:00PM - 6:00PM Help us celebrate the winners of this citywide contest—and meet the people behind the storefront facades that are making Philly a great place to live. More Info [email protected] presents THE BEACON in collaboration with Jenny Sabin Studio: Spotlight on The Rail Park October 6 th -16 th | 24/7 THE BEACON will respond to diverse and multi generational users via a free app, which will ask users a different health question each day; the real-time results will alter THE BEACON’s surface behavior, and these data will be used to radically redesign healthcare. More Info Finding, Conserving, and Supporting George Washington’s Headquarters Tent Thursday October 6 th | 6:00PM - 8:00PM Listen in on a panel celebrating the collaboration of a diverse group of professionals across disciplines who worked together to conserve and display a unique...more