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Our 2018 Community Design Award finalists

Every year, AIA Philadelphia honors one of the Collaborative’s pro bono design projects with its Community Design Award. The award promotes the practice of social impact design within the architecture community—and showcases the design excellence, professional practice, and social equity achieved through the Collaborative's Design Grants Program.

Our Design Services Committee has the always-challenging task of choosing the finalists for this award from among the projects completed in the last year. The finalists are then presented to the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards jury, provided by a different AIA Chapter each year.  This year, the Toronto Society of Architects will be choosing the recipient of the Community Design Award.

The volunteers and nonprofits who collaborated on the winning project will join us at the AIA Annual Design Awards. We hope you’ll be there to cheer for them on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

All our finalists will be on display at Bok during DesignPhiladelphia from October 3 through 13, 2018 as part of the AIA Philadelphia Annual Exhibition. The exhibition will then be on display at the Center for Architecture and Design from October 14 through November 15, 2018.

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2018 Community Design Award!
Click on each title to learn more about the project and its volunteer team. 

Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation 
Celebrating History/Planning for the Future
A master plan featuring an urban woodlands, improvements to the churchyard, and a new garden park that reconnects neighborhood residents to the riverfront.
Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery
Conceptual Design for a Visitors Cente
A conceptual design for a new center with amenities like a café, a chapel, a larger exhibition space, and a plaza connecting the community to the cemetery.
A conceptual design to redevelop a vacant rowhome and two adjacent vacant lots as community space and affordable housing.
Parkside Association of Philadelphia
Conceptual Design for a Community Sports Facility 
A conceptual design for a sports and learning center that will reactivate a neighborhood corridor.


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