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Strengthening neighborhoods through design
The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creates engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities. 


The Collaborative’s Design Grant Program helps nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. We match nonprofits with skilled volunteers from the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Our volunteers provide nonprofits with the design process and tools they need to engage their communities, put their visions down on paper, and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.

The Collaborative’s Infill Philadelphia initiative explores key community development opportunities in Philadelphia through design. The initiative's interactive programming brings designers, community members, community development experts, policymakers, funders, and the media together to discover new design solutions and new relationships.

Founded in 1991 as a pilot program of AIA Philadelphia, the Collaborative is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a network of over 1,000 volunteers. Together, our volunteer design professionals and nonprofit partners have invested more than 100,000 hours in strengthening neighborhoods through over 600 community design projects.

A diverse array of corporations, individuals, public agencies, and foundations support the Collaborative and its mission. 

News and Happenings
Opening Doors for Development in Southwest Philly
In August 2016, The Collaborative wrapped up a Design Grant with the Southwest Community Development Corporation (SWCDC) to support the organization’s first foray into affordable...
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Collaborative welcomes new board members
The Community Design Collaborative is pleased to welcome Kevin Flynn, David Gest, and Lea Oxenhandler to our 2018 Board of Directors. They each bring unique skills and experience...
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First Round of Design Grants for 2018
Six local nonprofits are receiving grants for preliminary design services through the Community Design Collaborative’s Design Grants program. The Collaborative is providing...
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