• 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.

Design Resources See more resources
img_nextdoor_demo_800_608 Building the Facebook of Neighborhoods
April 17, 2014
April 2, 2014

by Nancy Scola – Next City

Nextdoor fills a gap in the social network scene typically focused on friends, family, and co-workers. This website creates an online space for connecting with your neighbors. Link to full story.

Willow st GE Avoiding Mistakes In Bike-Ped Infrastructure
April 14, 2014

by Charles Marohn - Better! Cities & Towns

Bike lanes are becoming more and more popular in the United States. When designing this infrastructure, there are best practices that planners can learn from. Link to full story.

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.