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Philadelphia Center for Architecture

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Philadelphia, PA
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Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, + Politics

Philadelphia, PA
Ever wonder how Philadelphia became the city it is today?This engaging 10-part series investigates the social, political, economic, and design trends that contributed to Philadelphia's development. Taught by renowned local... read more

WALKING TOUR - Philadelphia Neon Signage: 1932 to Today

Philadelphia, PA
Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America's landscape since the 1920's. This tour will highlight signs built from 1932 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide,... read more

CANstruction aCANemy Awards Gala + Reception

Philadelphia, PA
Join AIA Philadelphia's Associate Committee and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture as we celebrate the winning entries from the 9th annual CANstruction design competition and food drive. This year's ceremony features... read more

Philadelphia Neon: Loss and Renewal

Philadelphia, PA
From the mammoth Breyers extravaganza, to the Globe Dye Works 20’ map of North America, Philadelphia has lost most of its neon treasures.  Yet the torch is not out—important neon pieces are being saved and resurrected acro... read more

George H. Marcus - The Modern House as a Complete Work of Art

Philadelphia, PA
In his lavishly illustrated book Total Design: Architecture and interiors of Iconic Modern Houses, George Marcus introduces eighteen stunning houses designed as complete works of art, their structure, furnishings, and land... read more

Reviving Downtown: Neon Applications across the U.S.

Philadelphia, PA
Digital billboards are a new, controversial strategy for bringing life back to Philadelphia’s East Market Street.  This slide talk will explore additional mechanisms used throughout the U.S. that draw on neon.  Neighborhoo... read more

Neon, Digital Billboards + the Future of Signage

Philadelphia, PA
This promises to be an important event for those concerned with Philadelphia’s urban landscape.  Four speakers will each make short presentations on signage as it relates to Center City history and development.  These incl... read more
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Past Events

Meet The Architects: On The Rise

Meet The Architects: On The Rise

Philadelphai, PA
Join us to celebrate the work of AIA Philadelphia's Emerging Architect (PEA) Prize winner and Young Architect (YA) Prize winner at this opening reception for our On The Rise exhibition. Drinks, snacks, music, and a crowd of young designers fascinated by buildings and the process of creating them ...
Thursday, March 19 2015 5:30 PM 8:00 PM

Art + Design Portfolio Review and College Fair

Art + Design Portfolio Review and College Fair

Philadelphia, PA
Are you a creative high school sophomore, junior, or senior? If you are considering a career in architecture, design, or the industrial arts, bring a portfolio of the best creative work you've accomplished in the past five years to receive FREE feedback from talented artists, architects, and desi...
Saturday, March 7 2015 11:00 AM 2:00 PM

2015 Edmund N. Bacon Awards Ceremony + Talk

2015 Edmund N. Bacon Awards Ceremony + Talk

Philadelphia, PA
Join us in honoring Dr. Judith Rodin, winner of the 2015 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for her continuing contributions to the built environment. Dr. Rodin is currently president of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York and was formerly president of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Daily ...
Wednesday, February 18 2015 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

From Student To Professional: What It Takes

From Student To Professional: What It Takes

Philadelphia, PA
Join us for this panel discussion, presented in partnership with AIA Philadelphia, during the opening reception of our annual exhibition, Degrees of Design: Student Work From Local Architecture + Design Schools. This conversation with representatives from local professional organizations represen...
Thursday, February 12 2015 5:30 PM 7:30 PM

FAMILY WORKSHOPS - Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys

FAMILY WORKSHOPS - Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys

Philadelphia, PA
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - http://PhiladelphiaCFA.TIcketLeap.com  Visit our FREE holiday exhibition, Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys, then join us for a fun family activity. With three different workshops presented on Saturdays (1:00-2:30pm) throughout the run of the exhibition, there's so...
Sat, Nov 30 2013 1:00 PM Sat, Jan 17 2015 2:30 PM

TALK - The Magic of Animated Neon

TALK - The Magic of Animated Neon

Philadelphia, PA
$10 per person - Registration Required This talk combines insider insights on neon signs, technology, and history with stunning images of classic neon pieces. Presented by neon expert, Len Davidson, author of Vintage Neon (Schiffer, 1999). Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and ...
Wednesday, December 3 2014 6:00 PM 7:30 PM

WORKSHOP - Neon Design with Len Davidson

WORKSHOP - Neon Design with Len Davidson

Philadelphia, PA
Students in this class will design a sample neon piece for signage, architectural, or artistic use.   Participants will be instructed in neon pattern making and will begin to create a paper design to be made into neon.  Designs will be discussed and suggestions made on design improvements. Partic...
Wednesday, November 5 2014 9:30 AM 12:30 PM

TALK - Szenasy, Design Advocate

TALK - Szenasy, Design Advocate

Philadelphai, PA
Part of DesignPhiladelphia 2014! Join us for a “round-robin” conversation with Susan S. Szenasy, longtime Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Metropolis Magazine and metropolismag.com; Hilary Jay, Director of the Center forArchitecture; and Joseph G. Brin, architect, artist, and writer. A book sign...
Friday, October 17 2014 4:00 PM 6:00 PM

TALK + PANEL - Extreme Collaborations in Medicine + Design

TALK + PANEL - Extreme Collaborations in Medicine + Design

Philadelphia, PA
Part of DesignPhiladelphia 2014! Radical innovation depends upon entirely new ways of perceiving and interpreting the world around us. Therefore, it relies upon a diverse set of experts collaborating widely across disciplines. Nowhere is this more evident than in medicine; in the development of...
Sunday, October 12 2014 1:00 PM 4:00 PM

WORKSHOP - Pick Up Sticks

WORKSHOP - Pick Up Sticks

Pipersville, PA
This 3-hour program set at a private resdience in Pipersville, PA (just 60 minutes north of Philadelphia) will include a survey of the ongoing water and land management techniques being used to restore a hardwood forest to a more pristine condition including goats for woody plant management, onsi...
Saturday, October 11 2014 1:00 PM 4:00 PM

Philadelphia Center for Architecture

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