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Richard Davies, Esq., Hon. AIA

Center for Architecture and Design Chairman of the Board, Richard Davies, Esq., Hon. AIA

April 16, 2021 | Center News, Explore + Learn
I have had the privilege of being the Chair of the Center for Architecture and Design since 2017. During my first year, it was a priority for the organization to complete a strategic plan, and to make reigniting its languishing Architecture in Education program (now the “Architecture + Design Education Program”) a significant element of that plan. It was clear to me that we needed a strategic plan that clarified our values and streamlined our existing programs so that our small, yet mighty, staff could find the time, energy and messaging needed to get our Architecture + Design Education Program back up-and-running. I am proud to say that we have accomplished that, and more. The strategic planning process provided the basis and motivation for re-establishing the program with the simple and powerful value statement: “We believe all students should have access to design education.” Yet not all students have equal access to such an education. 2020 taught us all many lessons, but perhaps most important is that the inequality of access to the education, tools and opportunities for personal growth in our society is institutional and pervasive We must be intentional and persistent about dismantling that inequality and it seemed...more
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January 28, 2021 | Press Releases, Center News
The Center for Architecture and Design Looks to Expand Design Education Curriculum to Reach More Students in Philadelphia The Center for Architecture and Design (Center) is pleased to welcome Michael Spain, Associate AIA, NOMA, as the new Director of Design Education. In this role, Michael will be responsible for expanding and implementing the K-12 student design education programming throughout Philadelphia. The Center has a 40-year history of offering design education in various forms. Still, in the last three years, the organization's focus shifted to providing underserved youth in Philadelphia classrooms with access to design education. Michael's day to day activities will include curriculum development, program design, volunteer outreach, donor cultivation, and stakeholder engagement. The position allows Michael to combine his experience as a designer with his passion for education and his commitment to strengthening the industry pipeline for black, Indigenous, and people of color. Michael Spain is an architectural designer with experience working for some of Philadelphia's most prestigious architecture firms, most recently as Design Director at D2 , a firm noted for their work on projects such as Five Below Headquarters, the Wills Eye Hospital Most Lab, and The Lycra Company. His 16 years of teaching as an adjunct...more