About The Festival

Led by Executive Director Hilary Jay, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival emerged in 2005 to make the case that innovation and design is central to a city’s economic, social and educational growth. Now one of the largest design events in the nation, the citywide open participation Festival showcases programming championing design is a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. 

Festival events – a diverse mix of exhibitions, lectures and public forums, runway shows, book signings, parties, workshops and open studios – cross design disciplines, from architecture and urban planning to industrial and fashion design, multimedia and graphic design, product and interior design. Set in boutiques, galleries, museums, universities, warehouses, public spaces and city streets, DesignPhiladelphia transforms the city into a stage for ideas and designs of the present and future, highlighting the impact design plays in our everyday lives.

The 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival will be held from October 10-18th.

DesignPhiladelphia is one of the most important design festivals in the country, uniting and highlighting all design disciplines to promote a unique and innovative Philadelphia. DesignPhiladelphia is a model for how cities can leverage their local assets and create a compelling urban brand, one that attracts visitors and new residents alike.”
– Jason Schupbach, director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts