Building Philadelphia Speaker Series


Please see schedule below

Watch speakers from the safety and comfort of your own home! Links to access available talks will be provided one hour prior to the scheduled time. 

Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics

Join us as renowned local architects, urban planners, curators, and historians explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia’s development. Topics include major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill, our world-class collection of architectural styles, and Philadelphia’s industrial history.

Buy tickets to individual talks – links in Speaker Schedule below
  • $20 | General Admission
  • $15 | Alliance Member
  • $10 | College Student
  • Free | High School Student
  • Speakers & Topics

Enjoy these speakers LIVE on your computer, tablet, or smartphone via ZOOM. 

NOTE: If you purchased a series pass or single ticket for the lecture you do NOT need to re-register. You will automatically be sent the link to join remotely.
  • THURSDAY APRIL 2, 6PM to 8PM – Alan Greenberger – Modernism and the Philadelphia School  –  More info & tickets…
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 6PM to 8PM – Francesca Ammon – The Urban Renewal of Society Hill  – More info & tickets…

COMING SOON Elizabeth Milroy – Assembling Fairmount Park, 1844 – 1926  

To be scheduled…

  • Domenic Vitiello – Workshop of the World
  • Cynthia MacLeod The Creation of Independence National Historical Park
  • Douglas Mooney & Jed Levin – The Hidden City: Archaeology of Philadelphia
  • Paul Levy – The Future of the City 

Previous Speakers:

• Mon, March 02 – Andrew Murphy – William Penn and the Founding of the City – More info & tickets…
• Wed, March 04 – Emma Lapsansky-Werner – The City as an Organism of Transition – More info & tickets…
• Mon, March 09 – Bruce Laverty – The Victorian City – More info & tickets…

Schedule subject to change based on speaker availability. Tickets and passes are non-refundable but may be transferred to a third party.2

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