As the oldest design festival of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects, and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement.
Over the course of ten days each October, places such as universities, cultural institutions, civic associations, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and startups across the city participate in over 100 engaging events including panel discussions, fashion shows, participatory workshops, studio tours, book signings, professional development classes, design exhibitions, and imaginative celebrations.
Philadelphia is a unique environment with a strong history and tradition in design, manufacturing, and architecture. The days of being called “the workshop of the world” are in the past, but Philadelphia’s identity as a hub for creative activity never vanished - instead it was transformed. The opportunities for design exploration and innovation through the wealth of cultural institutions, universities, and an expanding entrepreneurial base are endless.
In this setting, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival emerged in 2005 to identify, celebrate and raise the profile of this city’s creative economy, all 50,000+ of them. In addition, DesignPhiladelphia demonstrates Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city - one shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices.
DesignPhiladelphia is the signature event of the Center for Architecture and Design.
DesignPhiladelphia’s mission is to make Philadelphia a hub for design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives.
The steering committee is an interdisciplinary team of designers, educators, thought leaders, and professionals that are guiding the future of DesignPhiladelphia. As the Festival enters it’s 13th year with new leadership, the insights and vision from the Steering Committee are helping to shape the growth of the DesignPhiladelphia festival and programming in a thoughtful and strategic direction.
Rebecca Johnson | Executive Director
Elizabeth Paul | Communications Director
Kristie Bergey | Senior Director of Business Development and Facilities
Sharon Leshner | Community Outreach and Program Manager