DesignPhiladelphia is a 10-day festival that happens every October. The festival is produced by the Center for Architecture and Design in order to highlight Philadelphia as a hub for design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives.
We know that Philadelphia is a DESIGN city – we know that designers are a critical part of our local economy. We want to provide them the opportunity, show them off to the rest of the world, and support them by serving as a resource to help them thrive.
We also believe that thoughtful design can inspire and empower people within their local communities. This is why we produce the festival and convene over 130 events every October – to show the public the impact and power of design and how it can make our city and our lives better. We curate exhibitions, tours, programs, and workshops all over the City of Philadelphia so that locals and visitors alike can see Philadelphia the way that we do – one of America’s most creative and robust design cities.