Chicago Architecture Foundation Presented with the 2014 Keystone Award

The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) presented the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) with its 2014 Keystone Award at AAF’s 25th annual Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 24, 2014. AAF’s Board of Regents presents the Keystone Award annually to an individual or organization from outside architectural practice for exemplary design leadership that improves lives and transforms communities.

For almost 50 years, Chicago has been home to one of the world’s leading architecture organizations—the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). This non-profit organization’s mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters, and it does this through more than 85 types of architecture tours, as well as groundbreaking exhibitions, national curricula, publications and youth and adult education programs. One of the top 10 cultural organizations in Chicago, CAF was ranked the #1 “Best Thing to Do in Chicago” by US News & World Report (2012).

According to AAF President and CEO Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, “The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a treasure not just for the residents of Chicago and visitors to that great architectural city, but for all those working around the world to enrich lives through architecture and design. CAF’s leadership and commitment to helping fellow architecture and design educators and organizations succeed epitomizes what it means to be a great partner.”

“We are honored to be among the elite list of recipients of this prestigious award,” said CAF President and CEO Lynn Osmond. “CAF staff, trustees and volunteers have worked incredibly hard to make CAF the leading organization of its kind in the world. Receiving recognition from the American Architectural Foundation signifies that we are making a profound impact globally to inspire people to discover why design matters.”

The American Architectural Foundation established the Keystone Award in 1999. Past recipients include, among others, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. of Charleston, S.C., the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Save America’s Treasures, the philanthropic Pritzker family of Chicago, the Office of the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Amanda M. Burden, chair of the NYC Planning Commission and director of the NYC Department of City Planning and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Media Contacts:
Mark de Groh, American Architectural Foundation

Justin Lyons, Chicago Architecture Foundation

Featured image courtesy of Kate Gardiner.

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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.