About the Center for Architecture

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About the Center for Architecture

About the Center for Architecture

Founded in 2003, the Center educates the public about the role and value of good architecture, urban planning, and design in our everyday lives - through walking tours, exhibitions, talks, workshops, competitions, festivals, and children’s programming.

The Center's signature annual event, DesignPhiladelphia, is the oldest and largest design festival of its kind in the country. DesignPhiladelphia showcases the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals and demonstrates Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices.

The Center is also home to the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Bookstore, and the Community Design Collaborative.

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Our Vision

The Center for Architecture will advance the quality of our built envirionment through public engagement, education, and professional/public/private collaboration. We seek to raise the public's standards for local, national, and international design excellence.


Capital Contributers

These visionary organizations generously supported the Center's original Capital Campaign - without them the Center would have remained a blueprint of an idea.


Jacobs Global Buildings Design


William Penn Foundation

BLT Architects

Cope Linder Architects

High Concrete Group


Francis Cauffman

O'Donnell & Nacarrato

Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo


Wallace Roberts & Todd

JKR Partners

Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site

UJMN Architects + Designers

Clemens Construction Co., Inc.

Keast & Hood Co.

Diener Brick Co.

KCBA Architects

PZS Architects

Agoos/Lovera Architects

J.J. White Inc.

McGillin Architecture Inc.