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Speaker Series | Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, + Politics

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Are you curious how Philadelphia became the city it is today?
Earn a Certificate in Philadelphia Architecture + Urban History through this engaging 10-part series. Renowned local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians will explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia's development. Topics include: major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, our world-class collection of architectural styles, and Philadelphia's immigrant history.

Details about each talk and speaker can be found by clicking the "MORE INFO" link under each ticket type.

Tickets to individual talks will be available beginning January 2017. Discounted tickets available for those who purchase the full series. The order of the talks is subject to change, based on speaker availability.

Earn a Certificate or Become a Tour Guide!
By attending this series and passing an online exam, you can receive a Certificate in Philadelphia Architecture + Urban History. Attend an additional two (2) training sessions and pass a test tour to become certified as a volunteer guide for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Leading tours is not only great fun, but gives you greater insight into and appreciation for the city we and our ancestors have built - as well as allowing you the opportunity to meet interesting people from around the world.

     Holiday Special (through 12/31): $100 full series
     Early Bird (through 2/5): $150 full series
     AIA Philadelphia Members: $15 per talk | $125 full series
     Students: $10 per talk | $75 full series

In order to receive discounted pricing, please email a photocopy of your valid student ID or current AIA membership number to with the subject line "BP Discount". In return, you will receive a discount code which you can use on specific ticket types.

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