Annual Exhibition

What: Annual Exhibition
Who: All Member Firms
Where: Bok, 9th and Mifflin in South Philly
Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD)
When: October 3 - 13 at Bok
October 14 - November 15 at CFAD
Cost: $75 for firms submitting to 2018 Design Awards
$100 for all other submitters
Deadline to Submit: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

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Change is Good

This year's Annual Exhibition is changing to provide ALL of our member firms (architecture and allied) the opportunity to show their work to an audience focused on design during AIA Philadelphia's new professional conference the Forum on Architecture and Design (formerly Desing on the Delaware), the AIA signature event of the 2018 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Bok, the cool South Philly technical school turned office space for creatives, small businesses, non-profits, small-batch manufacturers, and beyond, is playing host to both of these great events and will be a hub of activity from October 3-13.

We anticipate that DesignPhiladelphia and Forum programming, including an experiential exhibition taking over the girls gymnasium and the DesignPhiladelphia Kickoff Party on the roof deck, will bring a critical mass of people to Bok. We hope to foster an environment where not just AIA members, but other design professionals as well as the segment of the public that has an interest in all things design can learn, network, and build reputations. This is why we have decided to host the exhibition at Bok throughout the entire DesignPhiladelphia festival, and then transport the exhibit to take over the new lounge space of the Center for Architecture and Design (where the bookstore used to be) through the middle of November.

So other than the venue, what exactly changes for submissions?

Exhibit Boards


We are embarking on a whole new system of display that will make it easier for AIA Philadelphia staff to transport and install the exhibit without the need for after hour rental trucks and 20+ volunteers to carry heavy grates or wooden framework. This new system, an idea we “borrowed” from AIA National, makes us nimble and opens the door to future displays in other locations that may not have been possible using our old system.

We understand that in the past many companies use the exhibit boards as project displays in their offices, and that is why we are taking over the printing costs for the boards as well as all of the coordination with the printer. We are managing that process to save you time, money, and aggravation so that if you still want to design and print boards for display in your office you can do that without spending extra money.

Helpful Documents

Exhibit Board Template Download
Sample Exhibit Board
Board Specifications

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