Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia

aka Community Design Collaborative

Philadelphia, PA


The Collaborative is committed to the belief that good design matters in every community and, moreover, that good design can be used as a tool to achieve community revitalization goals, such as promoting economic development or creating healthy public spaces. Over its 24-year history, the Collaborative has facilitated more than 500 service grants for local nonprofit organizations.

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Principal Officer

Elizabeth Miller

Main Address

1216 Arch Street, First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA


community design, architecture, planning, urban design, landscape, development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Design Grants


Infill Philadelphia

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The Collaborative's goals are to provide pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofits and neighborhood organizations in the Philadlephia region; offer unique volunteer opportunities for design professionals; and raise awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization.

The Collaborative's strategies are to organize multidisciplinary teams of volunteer design professionals to create preliminary designs and plans for neighborhood organizations, vetted through peer review at the mid- and endpoints of the process; engage community members as collaborator's in the design process; provide design services to strengthen Philadelphia's commercial corridors, through facade improvements and recognition of best practices; and organize the Infill Philadelphia initiative to explore the role of design in meeting specific challenges in urban areas, such as affordable housing, food security, industrial reuse, early childhood development as it relates to play space, and stormwater management.

The Collaborative's core asset is its corps of 1,200 design professionals who have signed up to provide volunteer services; its extensive network among community development organizations and neighborhood-based civic organizations; and its relationships with public agencies, funders, and other partners to move projects forward. Finally, its experienced staff includes architects, communications professionals, and nonprofit managers.

Number of hours of pro bono professional services donated
Value of pro bono services leveraged
Number of service grants organized
Number of charrettes completed
Number of rStore projects completed
Infill Philadelphia activities conducted
Number of media mentions as measure of public outreach and education

In 2014, the Collaborative had the following results:
Hours of pro bono professional services donated: 5,702
Value of pro bono services: $752,846
Number of service grants completed: 24
Number of charrettes organized: 1
Media placements: over 100

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Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia

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