2015 Keystone Award Presented to Whiting-Turner

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the American Architectural Foundation’s Board of Regents presented the 2015 Keystone Award to The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company at the 26th annual Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C.

Whiting-Turner’s expansive portfolio includes healthcare, primary, secondary and higher education, mission critical, historic restoration, industrial and mixed-use retail, office and residential projects across the United States, and reflects their commitment to “serve nationally, build locally.” AAF President and CEO Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, added, “Whiting-Turner joins the very prestigious company of other Keystone Awardees including the Museum of Modern Art, The Pritzker Family of Chicago, The United States Green Building Council and Save America’s Treasures.   As the first construction company to be honored, we were pleased to celebrate over 100 years of their leadership and innovation with our presentation of the Keystone Award.”

Timothy J. Regan, President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. He said, “The Keystone Award is a humbling honor for all of us who are Whiting-Turner . . . I’m accepting this award on behalf of all our partners in the business, architects, engineering and design consultants, our great subcontractors and suppliers, and in particular, all of the tradesmen and women who work their hearts out to create these beautiful places. Together, we all get to build the world that we live in.”

The Keystone Award is presented annually to an individual or organization whose portfolio increases the value of the built environment. Whiting-Turner’s extensive portfolio, creative approach, and reputation for excellence align with AAF’s mission, and reflect our commitment to communities transformed through architecture. AAF Regent and Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins, FAIA, LEED AP, added, “True to the objectives of the award, Whiting-Turner is one of the unsung heroes in the community of creators that bring forth the places where we live, work and play. They have become a formidable and essential partner of architects, organizations and communities helping to bring vision into a built reality.”

Proceeds from the Gala directly support the work of the American Architectural Foundation and its three international design centers, which provide design leadership and sustainability programs to leaders in architecture, design, education, public policy, urban planning, and historic preservation.

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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.