What we do
The Art Commission is Philadelphia’s design review board. It ensures that development in Philadelphia is beautiful, orderly, and appropriate so that the City is a desirable place to live, visit, and do business.
As part of its duties, the commission reviews the designs of:
- All construction projects located on City property or funded with City money.
- Anything constructed or installed on or over the public right-of-way.
- All public art to be acquired by the City or placed on public property.
The commission was created in 1911 as the Philadelphia Art Jury. It became the Philadelphia Art Commission with the adoption of the Home Rule Charter in 1952. After more than 100 years, the Art Commission’s mission is much the same as when it was founded.
Read sections of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter that establish the powers and responsibilities of the Art Commission.
William Burke is the director of the Philadelphia Art Commission. Prior to joining the Art Commission, he was a planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, working in the Center City/Urban Design and Eastwick/Southwest units. He holds degrees in Architecture and Real Estate finance from Syracuse University.
Members of The Art Commission
|Jose Alminana||Landscape Architect|
|Bridget Collins Greenwald||Commissioner of Public Property|
|Carmen Febo San Miguel||Businessperson|
|Alan Greenberger||Member of faculty or governing board of a school of Art or Architecture – Chair|
|Raed Nasser||Member of the Board of Parks and Recreation|
|Natalie Nixon||Member of faculty or governing board of a school of Art or Architecture|