Alex Gilliam

Educational, Institutional
Philadelphia, PA

As a cheerleader of possibility, Alex Gilliam is the founder of Public Workshop in Philadelphia, an organization that redefines the way youth and communities participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their neighborhoods and cities. Alex fundamentally believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. He creates inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility. Alex has worked with numerous organizations, museums, universities, architecture firms and city agencies. Alex is a national expert on K-12 design education with an emphasis service learning and was the 2010 Field Fellow at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Alex is also a Senior Lecturer in the Design Department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Alex was recently named by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the ‘brightest minds’ in Philadelphia and as one of the top 100 public interest designers in the country.