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Beth Miller to Receive AIA Philadelphia's 2019 Paul Philippe Cret Award

AIA Philadelphia’s Board of Directors has announced Beth Miller, executive director of the Community Design Collaborative, as the recipient of its 2019 Paul Philippe Cret Award.

The Paul Philippe Cret Award recognizes individuals or organizations who are not architects but who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the design of buildings, structures, landscapes, and the public realm of Greater Philadelphia.

Since 2001, Beth Miller has worked with the Collaborative’s board, staff, and volunteers to leverage pro bono design assistance and deliver grants of preliminary design services to nearly 1,000 nonprofits throughout greater Philadelphia. In 2005, she also launched Infill Philadelphia, a design initiative to reimagine underutilized assets, convene conversations, and deliver pragmatic design solutions. Topics addressed include affordable housing, food access, commercial corridors, industrial reuse, green storm-water infrastructure, play space, and sacred places.

Beth served on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 2011 to 2016 and the Design Advocacy Group from 2005 to 2011. She holds a Master’s in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

Beth is currently one of nine mid-career innovators engaging in research and discussion on topics such as art, architecture, and public policy as a 2020 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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