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June 11, 2013
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Chapter News

Center for Architecture Names Hilary Jay Director

By Dominic Mercier

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture has named Hilary Jay as its director. A new position, the director will steer the Center's fundraising and programming initiatives. Jay will begin her new role June 10. Founded by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Center is a hub for exploring design and the built environment for the public, civic leaders, and allied design professionals. The Center houses a gallery of rotating exhibitions, meeting space, the AIA Bookstore & Design Center, and the offices of AIA Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative.
"The selection of Hilary Jay as the Center for Architecture's first director is a great step forward for our institution," said Keith Mock, AIA, president of the Center for Architecture's board of directors. "Hilary is highly respected by the City of Philadelphia and the region for her contributions to the Philadelphia cultural scene, as well her collaborations with allied design industries and the public who seek to promote and improve our built environment. We are thrilled that Hilary will lead our institution and accelerate our region's growing interest and appreciation of the vibrant places where we live, work and play."
In addition, DesignPhiladelphia, know for its citywide design festival, and of which Jay is the founding director, will move from the University of the Arts to the Center for Architecture. The University of the Arts has been the home of DesignPhiladelphia since 2010, serving as its presenting partner for the past three years. DesignPhiladelphia will become one of the signature initiatives of the Center for Architecture and will continue to embrace partners in the community.
"I'm excited to join the Center for Architecture for the continued opportunity to reach out to local, regional and national audiences in order to spread the gospel of good design and the built environment," says Jay, noting that the past three years at the University of the Arts has been a great growth period personally and professionally. "Helping people understand why design is so essential to their everyday lives has been one of my personal missions." 

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