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Collab is a group of design professionals and enthusiasts who support modern and contemporary design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members experience great design year-round through exhibition previews, design-inspired field trips, special access to the Museum’s world-class design collection, lectures, and opportunities to meet and learn from design curators and visionaries.

Join Collab
Become a Collab member or buy a gift membership for a friend or family member who is passionate about design. Membership contributions fund Collab activities and support acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and programs. Collab benefits include:
  • Invitations to special Collab events
  • Discounts on ticketed Collab events, including the annual Collab Design Excellence Award, lecture, and gala
  • Discounts on design books in the Museum Store
  • Bragging rights for supporting one of the world’s largest and most important modern and contemporary design collections as well as the wider community of design students and professionals

Membership in Collab is available exclusively to members of the Museum.
Once you select your membership level, please check Collab under Enhancements.

Programs and Events
Guided by its mission to create engaging experiences that educate and inspire, Collab brings you into the center of the design revolution. Events include previews and curator-led tours of exhibitions in the Collab Gallery in the Museum’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, lectures, publications, design-inspired field trips, the Student Design Competition, and our signature program, the prestigious annual Design Excellence Award.

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The Architecture of Francis Kéré
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Collab Gallery; Skylit Atrium; Gallery Café
Reservations required
A Collab members-only event
RSVP by June 22 to Development at 215-684-7750.

Please join Colin Fanning, Curatorial Fellow for European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, for a special tour of the exhibition The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, part of the larger Creative Africa suite of exhibitions in the Museum’s Perelman Building. A native of Burkina Faso but trained and practicing in Berlin, Kéré has received growing international attention and acclaim for his community-focused, contextually sensitive work that places people at the center of the architectural process. The exhibition includes both a retrospective of Kéré’s inventive built projects in Burkina Faso and beyond—illustrated through architectural models, material studies, and photographs—as well as an immersive site-specific installation in the Perelman Building’s Skylit Atrium.


Design Excellence Award
Photograph by Clint Blowers

Collab Design Excellence Award

Each year Collab presents the Design Excellence Award to a design professional or manufacturer whose impact on the field is inspirational. Past recipients have included Rolf Fehlbaum, Marc Newson, Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Zaha Hadid, Alberto Alessi, Marcel Wanders, and Frank O. Gehry.

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The Student Design Competition

For more than twenty years the annual Collab Student Design Competition has been an exceptional opportunity for college students to network with peers, meet the global design leaders who are judging their work, and experience the rigor of competition. Their assignment: to design an object inspired by the work of that year’s Design Excellence Award recipient.

2015 Student Design Competition: Selfie

Samantha Siermine, <i>Quiet Creativity</i>, Moore College of Art & Design, First Place
View the 2015 Student Design Competition winners.
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Collab held its Twenty-Third Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 16, 2015. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design celebrating the work of branding and design visionary Bruce Mau – recipient of Collab’s 2015 Design Excellence Award.

Regardless of your design discipline, your brand is your most important asset. Students were challenged to design a personal identity program that captured their essence, amplify differentiation, fuel recognition of work, and help attract future clients/collaborators. Seize every opportunity to make an indelible impression on the world.

Alan Jacobson, Alina Wheeler, Jedd Davis, Dan King, Ken Carbone

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For more information, please contact Development by phone at 215-684-7750, by fax at 215-236-0796, or by e-mail at .

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