The Philadelphia Design Center

Started by the national organization, Partners for Sacred Places, The Philadelphia Design Center (PDC) was created to serve our city’s diverse design talent. We are dedicated to providing everyone with the often too-expensive space and resources that stand in between many hopeful creatives and the success of their projects.

Originally, envisioned as a collaborative workshop and meeting space for theatrical designers, we have opened up our doors to become the creative home for a wide variety of makers, artists, designers, producers and hobbyists. At PDC, no matter what your interests are, you will find the tools, space and freedom you need to bring your design ideas to life!

Explore PDC

Textile Studio

  • Full complement of dyes (natural and synthetic) and equipment for dying fabric

  • Private dressing room for fittings

  • A large custom built cutting/draping table

  • Sewing machine tables

  • Two irons (including two ironing boards)

  • Two professional grade steamers

  • Temporary storage space for current in-progress work

Digital Lab sponsored by Vectorworks

  • Ableton Live available

  • All computers include the full MS Office Suite

  • Color Plotter (prints roll paper up to 24” wide)

  • Black and White office laser printer with copy machine

  • Noise canceling headphones

  • COMING SOON! -- We are investing in sound software & hardware (QLab, Logic Pro X, and more)!

  • 10 Mac computers at individual work desks/stations

  • All 10 computers equipped with Vectorworks® Designer with Renderworks®  (including Vectorworks Spotlight functionality)

  • 6 Adobe Creative Cloud available on 6 computers

  • 6 Lightwright licenses

  • Large format flatbed scanner

  • 3 Wacom tablets

Shared Community Space

Our communal lounge space is outfitted with two cozy couches, comfortable arm chairs, extra seating and two large tables. All of these items may be rearranged to fit your needs. We also have a small refrigerator, coffee maker and water cooler all open for our members to use. Current and past members have used this space for:

  • event hosting

  • workshop space

  • and more!

  • small 1-on-1 to large team meetings

  • craft space

  • cozy break time

All members enjoy…

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Space reservations for meetings, classes, and events available for a discounted additional fee

  • Small private storage area available for additional fee

  • Bottomless coffee and tea (to fuel your creativity!)

  • Fully climate controlled environment

  • No long-term commitments or complicated contracts

  • 24/7 secure space access to entire facility

  • Free off-street parking and bike rack

  • Priority access to a growing calendar of community workshops and events

  • Free scanning and inexpensive printing

  • Private single use bathroom

  • Design focused resource library

Take a Virtual Tour

Layout of Design Center rendering as of January 7, 2016 courtesy of Joshua Schulman

Layout of Design Center rendering as of January 7, 2016 courtesy of Joshua Schulman