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BUILDING FUTURES

We are excited to announce that ACE Greater Philadelphia will be moving to an entirely virtual platform for 2020-2021!  Introducing ACE360 Online - a comprehensive career exploration and professional development series for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the design and construction industry! Each week, ACE360 Online will feature a different design and construction firm facilitating 4.5 hours...

Typically, ACE Greater Philadelphia teams structure their programming around one overreaching concept.  Session by session, team leaders and mentors introduce A/C/E related terminology, lessons, and activities to students with the goal of connecting all learning to one theme.  Structuring sessions in this manner effectively makes the learning experience cohesive, relatable, and readily understood.  Team 15...

The Spring Garden Parklet In 2018, the host Pennsylvania/Delaware ASLA chapter members and students from Thomas Jefferson University joined the local affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program. The ultimate project, a Parklet, was selected as it offered a unique opportunity for Jefferson, the Arts and Crafts Holdings (a local community developer), and JKRP Architects (the host mentor)...

ACE Mentor Program Named CREW Philadelphia 2018 Philanthropic Partner The Greater Philadelphia affiliate of the national ACE Mentor Program has been named the CREW Philadelphia 2018 Philanthropic Partner. Through the partnership, ACE will be the beneficiary of $20,000 in CREW monetary donations and will have the opportunity to build relationships and partnerships through CREW’s signature philanthropic event –...

Recently, Tiffany Millner, Affiliate Director of ACE Mentor Program Eastern PA, was featured on Philly Girls Do Good Blog - Conversations with Women Leaders in Design and Community Development.  Her complete essay, Let’s Chat Workforce Diversity, is reprinted here: ACE | Pipeline to Industry-Wide Workforce Diversity By: Tiffany Millner  HEY!  LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD A PIPELINE FOR...

Last week, the All-Female team welcomed a special guest speaker - Anne Papageorge, Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania, Facilities & Real Estate Services. Anne’s presentation discussed her personal career path, from college to her current position at UPenn.  She talked about some of the larger developments that UPenn has completed in the past few years -...

We are checking in the the All-Girls team hosted by JKRP Architects! Each student is developing their own study models of the Gallery (mall) entrance.  They are creating 3d forms from their previously prepared schematic plans and bubble diagrams.  Half of the students are working in Google Sketch-Up and the other half are creating physical models. ...

As an introduction to both real estate & interior design, students embarked on a challenge to convert an abandoned storefront in Center City into a pop-up retail shop.  Students began by analyzing the site’s development potential in terms of adjacent context and street appeal, and then proposed ideas for various retail stores including smoothie shops,...

As an introduction to critical thinking & design, students worked at a city-scale to evaluate common transportation modes in the city (biking, walking, subway).  Based on their personal experiences, students identified the major concerns with each transportation mode and proposed solutions that could be implemented across the city.  From implementing a series of lighting around...

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to our very first Building Futures - All-Female ACE Team (Sponsored by CREW)! In this ACE session, the ladies were working in groups to make the tallest tower out of only spaghetti and gumdrops.  An exercise in teamwork, communication, resource allocation, and planning, students implemented basic ideas...