• 2013 Gala

    Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and all those who attended for making the 2013 Design Center Gala a success!

    Gala photo gallery

    Event sponsors

    Silent auction donors

  • Design Allies

    Design Allies connects people with design and planning ideas by engaging them with public policy issues, offering lecture, film, and educational opportunities, and promoting dialogue via social media.  Be a Facebook Fan of Design Allies

  • Design Consults

    Design Consults provides affordable on-site consultations with design professionals to help property owners explore renovation options, understand the impact of their investments, and realize the value of preservation and design.Click here to learn more about Design Consults.

  • Dr. Mindy Fullilove & her storytellers...

    ... presented elements of urban restoration and shared stories of connecting communities, celebrating differences, strengthening solidarity, and creating more livable and meaningful places  to more than 200 guests at her June 10, 2013 lecture hosted by the Design Center.  Click here to learn more.



The Design Center advocates for the value of good design, planning and public policy to support more livable and sustainable communities in the Pittsburgh region.


The Design Center envisions a region where design is accessible, valued and celebrated throughout diverse and connected communities.

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mandelin Latin America’s New Superstar
April 14, 2014
March 31, 2014

by Greg Scruggs - Next City

Just a few decades ago, Medellín, Colombia was infamous for its drug cartel. Now, however, it is a worldwide model for urban planning. Link to full story.

BrooklynBrownstones Housing is the Key to Family-Friendly Cities
April 7, 2014

by Bradley Calvert – Planetizen

For families looking to live in cities, there are few living options. More attractive housing options might be the best way to bring families into urban cores. Link to full story.

transit States Try To Block Cities’ Transit Plans
April 7, 2014

by Ben Adler – Grist

Mass transit is becoming more popular in the United States. However, cities often struggle to find funding to build strong public transit systems. Link to full story.

women Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit?
April 4, 2014
March 27, 2014

by Ann Friedman – The Atlantic Cities

Cities need to design their public transit systems so that women feel safer using them. Raising awareness of safety issues and providing reliable arrival information could help this. Link to full story.