Forest City Realty Trust is 2017 Keystone Award Winner

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Board of Regents of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) presented the 2017 Keystone Award to Forest City Realty Trust at the 28th annual Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C.

The Keystone Award is presented annually to an individual or organization whose portfolio increases the value of the built environment. Awardees’ body of work reflects AAF’s vision of a society in which architecture and design enriches lives and transforms communities. Forest City Realty Trust has consistently demonstrated leadership that champions this vision.

Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Forest City Realty Trust is an owner, developer, and manager of a national portfolio of premier retail, office, apartment, and mixed-use properties in core markets across the United States. They operate by developing meaningful relationships and leveraging their entrepreneurial capabilities with creative and talented associates who embrace their core values.

AAF President and CEO Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, added, “Forest City Realty Trust joins the very prestigious company of other Keystone Awardees including Robert P. Kogod, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Pritzker Family of Chicago, the United States Green Building Council, and Save America’s Treasures. With the 2017 Keystone Award, we are pleased to celebrate Forest City’s leadership in creating robust design partnerships and sustainable communities.”

The Accent on Architecture Gala, held at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, is an unparalleled national event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in architecture and design. Each year, the Gala brings together more than 500 national and global leaders in design, government, business, and education to honor outstanding colleagues in the field, such as Forest City Realty Trust.

Proceeds from the Accent on Architecture 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.