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Celebrating 25 years of 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 early design assistance helps nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. Our skilled volunteers work side by side with communities to put their visions down on paper and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects. 

The Collaborative gives nonprofits access to preliminary design services by matching them with architects, landscape architects, urban planners, preservationists, engineers, cost estimators, and other volunteer design professionals seeking to serve the community. 

Since 1991, our volunteer design professionals have invested 100,000 hours of their time and expertise in communities on over 600 projects. A diverse array of public agencies, private foundations, corporations, and individuals support the Collaborative’s mission. 


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Making Connections Across North Central
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Fourth Round of Design Grants for 2016
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Partners for Change: Ballinger
Few architectural practices enjoy the longevity of Ballinger, based in Philadelphia since 1878. The firm pioneered interdisciplinary practice from its earliest years and today...
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