American Architectural Foundation Announces
2014 Sustainable Cities Design Academy Grantees

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2014—The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) announced today eight public-private development teams that will receive leadership training and technical assistance through AAF’s Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA):

•    East Bridgeport Development Corridor, Bridgeport, CT
•    Cemetery Resaca Restoration, Brownsville, TX
•    Prices Fork Adaptive Reuse Project for Lifespan Housing, Montgomery County, VA
•    Swift Factory Community Hub Development, Hartford, CT
•    Boone / Collins Train Station Redevelopment Plan, Hillsborough, NC
•    Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management Study, Pittsburgh, PA
•    Kalispell Core Area Redevelopment Plan, Kalispell, MT
•    West Palm Beach Transit Village, West Palm Beach, FL

The selected teams—consisting of city leaders, developers, and design professionals—will join AAF’s national sustainable design team of experts for one of two intensive, three-day design charrettes in Washington, DC: May 21–23 and October 29–31.

Project teams compete to attend SCDA, which provides resources, education, and best practice support needed to make environmentally responsible design decisions. SCDA helps these teams to formulate action plans for their projects while providing the design leadership training and technical assistance needed to address the specific design challenges that they face in their cities. Since establishing SCDA in 2009, AAF has served 42 project teams in cities across the U.S.

AAF would like to thank United Technologies Corporation for generously supporting AAF and the 2014 Sustainable Cities Design Academy.

Established in 1943, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. AAF works directly with civic leaders representing U.S. municipalities to address the design challenges and opportunities in their cities. Through Sustainable Cities Design Academy, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and Design for Learning, AAF serves as a national platform, information center, and collaborative hub for those leaders working on the ground in cities across the country to use the design of place as a means to improve lives and transform their communities.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Blazevich
Program Director, Sustainable Cities Design Academy
American Architectural Foundation

Featured image of Kalispell, MT conceptual street front shopping design of the Mall Plaza and Pedestrian Trail. Courtesy of the City of Kalispell.

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The American Architectural Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the role of architecture and design in American society since its founding in 1943 by the American Institute of Architects.

In its 75 years in existence the Foundation’s work has taken many forms — from educational programming and exhibitions in its early years to large-scale design initiatives and programs —all of which serve to create a rich legacy.

As the managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design for twenty years, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, the Foundation helped move the needle on design and cities. And, through its other signature programs like Save America’s Treasures in partnership with National Parks Service, the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, and Design for Learning, the Foundation has provided critical design leadership training and technical assistance to hundreds of elected officials, education leaders, business leaders, and other key decision makers in the design process.

In recent years, cities and civic leaders have embraced design and design thinking in a way that could not have been imagined when the Foundation begin its work back in 1943 — and AAF’s role in this transformation is a source of great pride for the Foundation. With this increased interest in the role of design in shaping our cities came a proliferation of new organizations to support and facilitate this cultural shift. These advances in the role of design in American society and changes in the nonprofit design sector, coupled with the departure of the organization’s longest-serving CEO, prompted the Foundation’s Board to embark on an intensive and lengthy process to examine the ongoing role and work of the Foundation.

As the Board of Regents reflected on the positive changes of the cultural value of design, the accomplishments of the Foundation, and how the legacy of the Foundation’s work is being carried out by its former staff in new roles and organizations across the country, they reached the conclusion that the American Architectural Foundation had accomplished what it set out to do. As a result, the Foundation began to complete its remaining programs and wind down its operations in the Summer of 2018 and the organization’s endowments have been distributed to allied organizations. The Foundation’s research and reports will remain available on its website as a resource to the field.

The Foundation’s work would not have been possible without the incredible talents of its many staff over the decades, the generous support of its funders, and the tireless dedication of its civic & design partners across the country. The Board remains deeply proud of the significant contributions Foundation has made in its 75-year history and would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible without the efforts, dedication, and support from so many of you.