2019 Festival | DesignPhiladelphia

2019 Festival



In DesignPhiladelphia's 15th year, we celebrate design at TWO FestivalHubs with our community and the general public in Philadelphia!


Cherry Street Pier Entrance


One of the newest public spaces in Philadelphia along the Delaware River waterfront, Cherry Street Pier will be filled with experiential design installations and our Best In Design showcase of innovative design solutions by local talent.

Best In Design

Presented by B. PHL Innovation Fest, this juried challenge features regional designers and design companies showcasing their innovative, design solutions being produced right here in the greater Philadelphia region.

AIA Philadelphia's 150 Years

AIA Philadelphia celebrates 150 years in the City with a retrospective exhibit focused on how innovation and history shaped Philadelphia and asking visitors to ponder what's possible in the future.

Installations by...

Jefferson Lyft
Newton Brown Urban Design University of the Arts
AIA Philadelphia  Temple University
Coscia Moos Architecture + Keast & Hood Hemp House on Wheels
Drexel University Claudia Mills Design
The Paper Space Drexel University
Stuart Weitzman School of Design Stuart Weitzman School of Design



Center for Architecture and Design Hub


Our Center City FestivalHub location, the Center for Architecture and Design dedicated to year-round programming of architecture and design for professionals, the public, and children, will be an inspirational site for exhibitions, symposiums, talks, hands-on workshops, and other programming. DesignPhiladelphia curated exhibitions and installations at the Center include:

One Thing

A new annual exhibition offering designers the opportunity to redesign and reimagine everyday objects. This year's object, the ice cream scoop.

Participate in One Thing


Design is Inclusive

An exhibition highlighting the varied backgrounds of local designers and what proud Philadelphia neighborhood their work or studio reigns from. Festival attendees and our young audience of future designers are encouraged to preview their medium and their stories.

Shhh! It's a Secret

A secret garden themed room plays host to a pop-up speakeasy, and an afternoon meditation room to ease the chaos of life in the city.