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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 Grants program helps nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. We match nonprofits with skilled volunteers from 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 design 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
Corporate Champion Partner: Allied Construction Services
Jody Arena, Chief Operating Officer of Allied Construction Services, says his company supports the Collaborative because it provides the process for communities to improve their...
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Third Round of Design Grants for 2017
The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants and nonprofit partners! The Collaborative will work with South Philadelphia’s  East Passyunk...
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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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