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Hilary Jay is an award-winning curator, design journalist and entrepreneur. In June 2013, she became director of The Philadelphia Center for Architecture. In 2005, while working at Philadelphia University, Jay co-founded DesignPhiladelphia (DP) to demonstrate, promote, and support the ability that design has to generate innovation, solve problems, enhance daily life, and influence both the perception and economics of the region. In 2013, DP’s citywide festival offered over 120 multi- disciplinary design events during an nine-day celebration, presented over 400 designers, and received over 55 million media hits. Now moving into its tenth year, Jay worked in partnership with The University of the Arts from 2010-2013, before moving the program to The Center for Architecture.
In fall 2000, she was named director of The Design Center (TDC) at Philadelphia University, charged with repositioning the institution to reflect the university’s broadening design and technology curriculum. During her nine-year tenure, Jay curated numerous exhibitions including What Is Design Today? and Lace in Translation, groundbreaking exhibitions supported by grants from the Pew Center for Art and Heritage, among other funders. Through successful fundraising, Jay has overseen the mounting of exhibitions such as The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment; the establishment of programs such as Fabric of Philadelphia; and DECKS (Design Education Creativity Kits).