Alex Gilliam at the Bridge PAI

  • The Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Road Charlottesville, VA, 22902 United States

A cheerleader of possibility, Alex Gilliam is the Founder of Public Workshop, an organization that help clients and community partners throughout the United States create uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their schools, neighborhoods and cities.


Alex believes great design, empowerment, innovation and having fun are not mutually exclusive. Uniquely combining his skills as a designer, teacher, expert builder and social entrepreneur, Alex has spent the past 17 years facilitating rich learning, engagement, and collaboration with diverse communities around the United States through making and doing.

The 2010 Field Fellow at the National Building Museum, Alex's work has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 and in magazines such as Metropolis, ID, Architect, Grid and The Architect’s Newspaper as well as showcased on various websites including EduTopia, Fast Company, Next City, BMW Guggenheim Lab|Log, GOOD, Kaboom!, Core 77, Yahoo and NBC’s TODAY. In 2012, Alex was 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. Last year he was recognized as one of ten Philadelphians making change by empowering others.