Become a Tour Guide

Become a volunteer walking tour guide

Do you have a passion for architecture?

Are you a history buff?

Do you want to challenge yourself to become a better public speaker?

Would you like to meet Philadelphia locals and tourists and tell them why this city is so special to you?

Do you have Philadelphia stories that you don’t want forgotten?

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should consider becoming one of our highly-valued, trained tour guides. Our guides come from a diverse range of backgrounds; many are teachers, professors, architects, historians, and students. However, most do not have a professional background in architecture, preservation, or history. They are hard-working, inquisitive, and passionate individuals who care about this field even though they have not made a career out of it. We encourage EVERYONE to undergo our guide training process. More often than not, it’s a great fit!

No experience necessary!

Please call 215-546-1146 x4 and speak to Caroline Slama, Tour Program Manager, about becoming a guide.

Mark your calendars now for the Center for Architecture and Design’s Building Philadelphia Speaker Series, a 10-part lecture series taking place Monday and Wednesday evenings from March 5 to April 4, 2018.

By attending this series and passing an online exam, you can receive a certificate in Philadelphia Architecture + Urban History. Attend an additional 3-5 training sessions and pass a test-tour to be certified as a volunteer guide for the Preservation Alliance.