• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Streetviews: Q&A with Kiki Bolender, architect and Design Advocacy Group chair

We continue our Streetviews video series with architect Kiki Bolender, talking about rowhouse strength, the need to invest in democratic spaces like parks and libraries, the woeful pettiness of our politics, and Philly as “the laboratory for the perfect American city.”


  • Kiki Bolender: Architect and chair of Design Advocacy Group
  • Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
  • Favorite Place: Rittenhouse Square is “one of the great urban public spaces of the world.”
  • Three words to describe Philly: Real. Urban. Rivers.
  • Local Heroes: (1) Beth Miller of the Community Design Collaborative, “because they really take high level design to the neighborhoods” (2) “My heroes have always been journalists… In your generation I would say you for the things you do beyond work and how much you’re committed to it and Jared Brey… he’s always on his way to another damn zoning hearing and stays interested in it, so you guys would be my heroes of your generation. Then I would have to say Sandy Shea at the Daily News for her generation and probably Chris Satullo at WHYY. You guys keep on telling it like it is and you keep on seeming that you love it personally.” [Ed note: Jared and I appreciate the acknowledgement.]

Interviewed in summer 2014.

Streetviews is a video Q&A series with some of Philadelphia’s bright neighborhood, design, and nonprofit leaders, discussing the city’s biggest opportunities and toughest challenges as part of PlanPhilly’s Agenda 2015 election coverage. 

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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