Recognizing projects, programs, and initiatives that amplify the impact of design in Columbus.

Promoting the Value of Architecture and Design

The Center for Architecture and Design builds connections among diverse people and organizations interested in architecture and design in Central Ohio. We seek to be the gateway for the exchange of ideas, education, conversation and debate, and the place where we elevate the importance of equity, quality design and architecture for our progressive city.

Connecting With Our Community

CFAD advocates for collaboration and inclusiveness within central Ohio’s creative community, mobilizing internal and external resources in a highly interactive and cooperative fashion. By encouraging public dialogue and participation through activities and diverse opportunities, CFAD hopes to raise the bar for design excellence, positive change toward diversity and equity in the design professions, and innovation in the Central Ohio community.

We offer several engaging events and activities open to the public throughout the year, such as design talks, architecture/design tours, exhibits and Camp Architecture and Design/High School Design Studio, our summer camp offerings for aspiring artists and designers.

Camp Architecture and Design

Explore architecture and design while building creativity and confidence (students in grades 3-8).

High School
Design Studio

Delve into an engaging and intense two-week exploration of the world of design (students in grades 9-12).


Join design and architecture professionals in discussions focusing on timely topics that affect our professions and community.


Travel Columbus neighborhoods while learning about architecture and design and exciting projects.

Design Pop!

Investigate architecture and design in a fun, three-hour design workshop session (students in grades 3-8).


Experience exhibits from both CFAD and other central Ohio design-related organizations in our beautiful downtown gallery space.

Design Month

Connect to Columbus’ design ecosystem with various events and opportunities exploring the many roles design plays in our city.


Learn about what’s happening in architecture and design in Columbus through our collaborations with other organizations.

Upcoming Events

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We Can’t Do it Alone

We invite all design professionals, individuals and organizations within our thriving creative culture and beyond, who embrace the importance of the built environment and design, to partner with us. Whatever your interests, we’ll find a place for you to become an active stakeholder in promoting remarkable design in our community.

Platinum Sponsors

Grant Support

AIA Ohio Foundation

Greater Columbus Arts Council Boost Grant

Battelle STEM Grant