Philadelphia Center for Architecture

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Founded in 2002 by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Center for Architecture (a 501(c)3 non-profit) performs the charitable and educational work of AIA Philadelphia. The Center's physical location opened in 2008 and serves as the chapter's home as well as a venue for public programs on architecture, urban planning, and design. The Center's stated three core principles are: public engagement, collaboration, and design excellence.[1] Located at 1218 Arch Street in Philadelphia.


The Center runs many ongoing and one-time programs for the general public related to architecture, urban planning, and design, including:
     Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics lecture series (Annually in the Spring)
     CANstruction food can sculpture competition and food drive (Annually in the Spring)
     Louis I Kahn Memorial Lecture (Annually in May)
     Ed Bacon Student Design Competition (Annually in the Autumn)
     Edmund N Bacon Prize & Lecture (Annually in December)
     Emergence Of A Modern Metropolis walking tour (1 or 3 times per week, depending on season)
     Kids Architecture Workshops (Monthly)
     Architecture in Film series (Monthly)
     Book Talk series (Monthly)
     Design software training classes (As Scheduled)


The Center features ongoing and changing exhibitions, including:
     AIA Home Showcase (Annually in the Spring)
     Portraits of Excellence architectural photography (Annually in the Summer)
     Art by Architects (Annually in the Autumn)
     Constructing Play building toy exhibition (Annually in the Winter)
     Vintage Neon (Ongoing)
     3D Model of Center City Philadelphia (Ongoing)

Organizations housed at the Center for Architecture[edit]

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Community Design Collaborative

AIA Bookstore & Design Center


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°57′14″N 75°09′37″W / 39.9538°N 75.1604°W / 39.9538; -75.1604