alex gilliam

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[chicago, philly, … ?]

Alex is the founder of public workshop

A cheerleader of possibility, Public Workshop creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities.

We are redefining the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities, and addressing the most pressing challenges in the world around them. In the process, we are fundamentally re-imagining education by reshaping how and where learning occurs.

Working with our partners and clients, we develop inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility. We accomplish this by relentlessly challenging and radically rethinking assumptions about how people learn and design occurs. Our students and clients are smiling (and in some cases leaping) because we believe that the very best learning and design occur when it’s challenging, empowering and fun.

Over the past fourteen years we have worked with numerous public schools, organizations, museums, universities, architecture firms and city agencies including openhousenewyork, DreamYard, Charter High School For Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, Rural Studio, Hester Street Collaborative, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Landon Bone Baker Architects, National Building Museum and the City of Austin, Texas. We are nationally recognized experts on K-12 design education with an emphasis on service learning. Our work has been….


…and launching Tiny WPA, a program to redesign and rebuild city’s schools, public spaces and micro-infrastructure through improvements initiated by youth.


intro’d to Alex and public workshop  via cl alliance‘s series on learning where you least expect it.


ignite from 2012:

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iterati 4 2012:

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CM 2013: Let Youth And Communities Design & Build Our Future

are you ready to be a building hero?

make design visible… move yourself to the sidewalk..

in the city ness

one of most important factors is time –

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