2017 Fellow Award Night

Join us to celebrate AIGA Philadelphia's 2017 Fellow Award Recipient, Allan Espiritu!

On Friday, May 5, 2017 we will honor Allan at an awards reception at The Warwick Hotel on Rittenhouse Square. Come pay tribute to the man we all know and love. The evening will include an open bar with specialty margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, a full plated dinner, an award ceremony and lots of dancing. The night's DJ will be DJ Siyoung.

The AIGA Fellow award is the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its members. It is a means of recognizing designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within our local and regional design community as well as in our Philadelphia AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution.

A longstanding member of AIGA Philadelphia for twenty years, Allan Espiritu, served our chapter as President from 2011–2013. In his tenure, our chapter opened our first headquarters, SPACE, a gallery in Old City. He was also instrumental in bringing the AIGA Leadership Retreat to Philadelphia in the summer of 2013. We are grateful for Allan Espiritu’s continued support and involvement in our chapter and the local design community. We will also host an exhibition of his work at the Center for Architecture + Design.

Margaritas & festivities
Open bar, plated dinner & dancing (it is Cinco de Mayo, after all!)


When & Where
Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Warwick Hotel
220 S 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets (Sales end at 3:30pm on Tuesday, May 2)
Non-members: $75
AIGA Members: $60
Students: $45

Members save on the price of admission. Discover the benefits of being a member and join now!

Sales are final with no refunds unless AIGA Philadelphia cancels the event. However, tickets are transferable, so tell a friend to come as you if you are unable to attend.

About Allan Espiritu
Allan Espiritu, founder of GDLOFT PHL, is a Philadelphia-based, award-winning graphic designer and educator. Espiritu received his BA in graphic design from Rutgers University-Camden and his MFA in graphic design from the Yale University School of Art.

Espiritu’s work has been published and acknowledged by AIGA, GDUSA, UCDA, Graphis, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, HOW, STEP, the Barnes Foundation, and the Art Directors Club. His work has also appeared in Gestalten and Rockport publications.

Espiritu heads the Graphic Design concentration program at Rutgers University-Camden. He served as President of the AIGA Philadelphia Chapter from 2011 to 2013, after serving as Programming Director and Vice President.

Allan’s portrait by Eric Sison Photography.

AIGA Philadelphia Fellows

Mark Willie – 2014
Rosemary Murphy – 2012
Lanny Somesse – 2010
Laurie Churchman – 2009
Frank Baseman – 2008
Joel Katz – 2002
Ken Hiebert – 2001
Hans-U Allemann – 2000
Alina Wheeler – 1999

Thanks to all of our sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Printing by Epic Litho

Interested in sponsorship opportunities?

AIGA Philadelphia’s partnership opportunities help you cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with the professional design community. Through a range of partnership levels, AIGA Philadelphia offers you several competitive advantages to fulfill your organization’s interests and promotional strategy.

Download the sponsorship opportunities for this event. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact our Partnership Director, Bernardo Margulis at bmargulis@philadelphia.aiga.org.

When & Where
Fri, May 5, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
220 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103