The Design Advocacy Group (DAG) is a public forum and advocate for design quality and equity in the planning, architecture, preservation and physical development of Philadelphia.



We are a volunteer organization of more 1,600 (LINK to Become a Member page) from a broad spectrum of disciplines who share an interest in Philadelphia’s design, development and planning.



DAG hosts free monthly meetings that are open to the public, featuring presentations, information sharing and robust discussion on topics related to the urban environment.  (LINK to events page)


DAG also takes positions on select matters, reaching out to government, decision makers and media and using its own communications channels. The Steering Committee deliberates and approves DAG’s advocacy positions. Four standing task forces on critical, perennial issues – Complete Streets and Transportation, Design Equity, Historic Preservation and the Waterfronts – help inform those positions.



DAG's ultimate and overarching goal is to create a culture – shared by all Philadelphia residents, neighborhood groups, city agencies, business interests and the development community – that accepts nothing less than excellence in design and planning throughout every neighborhood.


And …

DAG is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, a charitable 501(c)(3) trust supporting diverse cultural practices in the Philadelphia region.




In late 2001, a group of six Philadelphia architects, planners and design junkies sat down to a brown-bag lunch to share their worries about the future of the physical city.


In the years since, Philadelphia has experienced boom-and-bust real estate cycles and enacted significant planning and zoning reforms. Now, as the city faces unprecedented development pressure, DAG’s mission is more important than ever.


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Steering Committee

Task Force Members


James Templeton, Co-Chair

Nando Micale, Co-Chair

Aaron Bell

Andrew Ross

Ed Bronstein

Joyce Lee

Kelly Vresilovic

Peter Piven

Richard Avicolli

Sara Girotto

Stephen Perzan

Design Equity

Danielle DiLeo Kim

Donna Carney

Gabriella Nelson

Ian Smith

Jackie Gaffaney

Jesse Wilks

Julie Ulrich

Keiko Tsurata Cramer

Michelle Sahl

Olaitan Awomolo

Peter McLean

Sharon Rice


Eli Storch, Chair

Arielle Harris

Dana Rice

Josh Yeager

Leslie Linnebur

Morris Zimmerman

Nathaniel A Hammitt

Rob Kettell

Rob Kurzman

Rosalind Foltz

Sarah Blitzer

Starr Herr-Cardillo

Venise Whitaker

Complete Streets

Ariel Ben-Amos, Chair

Matthew Cox

Josh Hartl

Dave Munson

Keri Salerno

Cassidy Boulan

Woo Kim

Jon Geeting

Fred Rothman

Michel Saewert

Jonas Maciunas

Marcus Ferreira

Tim Carey