AAF’s Ron Bogle Presented on School Design at White House Summit on Next Gen High Schools

On Tuesday, November 10, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) participated in the first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools. At the White House Summit, AAF’s President and CEO Ronald E. Bogle, Hon. AIA, presented on the role of design in learning and education.

Bogle’s presentation focused on how the school design process can enhance student achievement. His talk incorporated recommendations and strategies generated at AAF’s National Summit on School Design, held in Chicago November 6-8. At AAF’s Summit, architects and educators discussed ways to accelerate the transformation of today’s classrooms into 21st century learning environments that support and advance STEM education and personalized learning. The National Summit on School Design built upon AAF’s Design for Learning program, which currently is guiding 30 schools in six school districts across the country in the transformation of their schools. Through Design for Learning, AAF empowers educators to co- create and redesign learning spaces to meet their educational goals.

AAF’s President and CEO Ron Bogle, said, “Over the last decade, AAF has refined our approach to school design as one that incorporates disruption, design thinking, and change management. AAF is most grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the conversation with White House policy-makers and some of the nation’s most influential leaders.” He continued, “On the national level, school districts spend $14 billion annually to renovate, design, and build new facilities. If we are to create next generation schools, it is essential that educators have greater influence in co-creating the learning environments which support their educational vision.”

The White House Summit convened students, educators, philanthropists and entrepreneurs to envision 21st century high schools and how high school students might become empowered to advance their opportunities through innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning.

Follow AAF and the Twitter conversation on next generation high schools with the White House-created hashtag, #NextGenHS.

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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.