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The AIA Center for Architecture & Design in Philadelphia will play host to a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 11, about MERGE – a collaborative design-build project between the Architectural Glass Institute (AGI), Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Philadelphia University.

MERGE paired third-year architecture students, apprentice glaziers, and a cadre of professionals for a hands-on project to conceptually link the campuses of Jefferson University (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University), which officially combined July 1. Projects such as MERGE engage the design and construction continuum – linking students, apprentices, and professionals to share real-world experiences and build long-term relationships that strengthen the industry.

The MERGE installation appears on Sidney and Ethel Lubert Plaza located in front of Jefferson University’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Building. It will remain on Lubert Plaza until Oct. 28.

Tomorrow’s panel discussion, which will be held from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., will describe the project from design competition through fabrication, with a focus on how design-build education can unite future generations of design and construction professionals. More information about the panel can be found here.