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For the first time ever, DesignPhiladelphia is taking over Bok, a historic vocational school closed by the School District of Philadelphia in 2013. Today 60,000 square feet within the building is filled with jewelers, architects, furniture makers, fashion designers, milliners, product designers, artists, charitable organizations. DesignPhiladelphia will be filling the first floor of Bok with interactive design installations and programs throughout the Festival. 

In addition, this year the AIA Philadelphia’s regional conference Forum on Architecture + Design (formerly Design on the Delaware), will be held in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia at Bok from October 3-5, 2018.  Exhibitors for DesignPhiladelphia will have their brand and their exhibition or installation seen by the Forum conference attendees, as well as the DesignPhiladelphia audience.  


The Girls Gym at Bok will transform into the DesignPhiladelphia Exhibit Gallery and will be open for guests:

Wed. October 3, 2018 -- For Kick Off Party Attendees Only.  The Kick Off Party Ticket includes a 4:15pm Keynote Talk by Paula Scher, Pentagram, the Girls Gym, Hallway Exhibits, and the Bok Bar Rooftop.  Plenty of food and  
        beverages are included.  Buy your tickets here.
Thurs. October 4, 2018 -- 3-7pm.
Fri. October 5, 2018 -- 3-7pm
Mon. October 8, 2018 through Thurs. October 11, 2018 -- 3-7pm
Fri. October 12, 2018 -- 3-9pm during BOK NIGHT -- several businesses and programs are throughout the building.  Check the Schedule for Specifics.
  • Best in Design Competition Exhibition.  See the Best in Design Winner and Finalists here (annoucement on September 12, 2018).  
  • Jefferson Departments: Fashion Design and Architecture Departments
  • University of the Arts School of Design
  • Haworth Presents the Designer Spotlight shining a light on emerging design stars here in Philadelphia.
  • Temple University -- Show of Faculty Work from the Architecture and Graphic Design Departments
  • Mexican Cultural Center, Mexican General Consulate, and NextFab present a collaborative project with Mexico City architects and industrial designers, Mecate Studio.
  • Drexel University Industrial Design
  • University of Pennsylvania Intergrated Product Design Program
  • Gensler Architecture
  • Milder Furniture Design 
  • Budmen Industries 


  • Special Crowdsourced Installation by DesignPhiladelphia Volunteers
  • 2018 Storefront Challenge Exhibition by the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce.
  • Herman Miller's Modern Classic Exhibition
  • Design is Inclusive by Center for Architecture and Design