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February 7, 2018
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Chapter News

With Love, From the AIA Philadelphia Bookstore

By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins

After 42 years, the Bookstore will discontinue its brick and mortar operations effective February 28, 2018. For many years the AIA Bookstore has been an institution in Philadelphia ­– offering much needed architectural resources and codebooks to its members, as well as unique, lovable items you couldn't find elsewhere. When the Bookstore moved with the AIA Philadelphia offices to the new Center for Architecture in 2008, bookstores across the country were struggling to maintain a physical presence. By 2010, most people had already shifted their shopping needs to online vendors and electronic media. Similarly, the needs of our members have shifted to relying on online resources instead of printed media. While our location at 1218 Arch Street has allowed us to create a vibrant hub for bringing the design community together, the location for a retail endeavor has proved challenging. After many years of creativity, sweat equity, and strategy guided by professional consultation, the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors has voted to close the brick and mortar bookstore permanently.

The website www.aiabookstore.com will continue and will have a curated array of items, as well as AIA Contract Documents for sale. Although we are nostalgic and a bit melancholy that we have to close a retail operation that is beloved by many people – we are optimistic that the time and energy AIA Philadelphia has dedicated to maintain the Bookstore can be better used to invest in supporting our members and firms with resources to improve their practices.” We look forward to curating a public storefront that will showcase and communicate the work of our members and our design community.  

From now until February 28, 2018, the bookstore will have a Closing Sale with all inventory 50% off. The Bookstore is open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm.

Thank you to all of the AIA members, Allied members, friends, and patrons over the years that have made the Bookstore a part of their lives and an important part of our community. 

With Love, The AIA Bookstore. ❤

 

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