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Center for Architecture

The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of AIA Philadelphia and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center for Architecture was envisioned with three core principals in mind: Public Engagement

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Events

Walking Tour: 85 Years of Neon

Walking Tour: 85 Years of Neon Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America's landscape since the 1920's. This tour will highlight signs built from 1936 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide,Len Davidson, is one of North America's leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and has written the sign industry's bible on historic neon, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999). Len's tour will introduce you to neon history and technology while examining some of the most spectacular and historic signs on view in the city &…

2014 Center For Architecture "Building Philadelphia" Lecture Series

Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th Century Philadelphia (Paula Spilner, PhD, Drexel University) "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn's original plan, Archaeology & Preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, Skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city. Individuals who attend 8 or more…

Meet and Greet: Behind the Scenes at the Community Design Collaborative

Join us for an open house at the Community Design Collaborative! Get to know fellow enthusiasts and volunteers, check out recent projects, and get a sneak peek of what’s to come! We’ll also share how a good idea for community design progresses from application to concept to report. New to the Collaborative and want to figure out how you can get involved? Volunteered before but want to learn more about how we work? All are welcome! RSVP: www.AprilMeetAndGreet.eventbrite.com The Community Design Collaborative is a community design center that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, offers unique volunteer…

Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting

The New Vision Project, an innovative proposal for both the North and South Avenue of the Arts, will be presented by Paul Beideman, President and CEO of Avenue of the Arts, Inc, Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc. and Kelly Vreslovic, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.  The Vision will be used as a guide to create opportunities to meet short-term needs and achieve long-term goals to build the future of the iconic Avenue of the Arts.  This is an important initiative for Philadelphia, presented by three dynamic project leaders! The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is a volunteer organization whose more than…

Preview Screening: Cool Spaces! a new TV show hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA

Join us for a sneak preview of Cool Spaces!, a new TV show hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA, which will explore how architects use innovative technologies and traditional design skills to shape the world around us. Host Stephen Chung will be on hand at this screening to answer questions about the series and the episode screened on site. Cool Spaces! features some of the 21st century's most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central building typology theme and profiles three buildings. This advance screening will be of episode #3,…

Design on the Delaware 2014 Program Proposals Deadline Extended to May 2

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Share your expertise, experience, and leadership in the design and building industry by presenting a program at the 12th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference in Philadelphia. AIA Philadelphia is accepting program proposals for the 2014 Design on the Delaware conference taking place November 12 -14, 2014, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and Center for Architecture. This multi-disciplinary conference for architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and other design and building professionals features four keynotes speakers, 36 professional education programs, three days of tours and a full day design charrette. Program proposals are due April 11 and must meet the guidelines…

2014 Center For Architecture "Building Philadelphia" Lecture Series

Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill (David Brownlee, PhD, University of Pennsylvania) "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn's original plan, Archaeology & Preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, Skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city. Individuals who attend 8 or more…

2014 Center For Architecture "Building Philadelphia" Lecture Series

Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley (William Whitaker, Curator, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania) "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn's original plan, Archaeology & Preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, Skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city. Individuals who attend 8…

2014 Center For Architecture "Building Philadelphia" Lecture Series

Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia (Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD, Drexel University) "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn's original plan, Archaeology & Preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, Skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city. Individuals who attend 8 or more lectures are…

The 29th Annual Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture & Fundraiser Featuring Steven Holl, FAIA

Join the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for our 29th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture, featuring Steven Holl, FAIA. This annual charitable event raises funds to help support the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, a legacy project of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Inga Saffron, Pulitzer-award-winning architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will be hosting a discussion with Steven Holl on-stage right after his talk. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear an architect and a critic discuss architecture, design, and livability. Steven Holl, winner of the 2012 AIA Gold Medal, established Steven Holl Architects…
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