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The 27th annual Accent on Architecture Gala was held Thursday, April 28, 2016. For the past 26 years, the American Architectural Foundation’s Accent on Architecture Gala has convened leaders in design, government, business, and education to honor leaders in architecture whose excellence advances change through design. >

For 20 years the Mayors’ Institute on City Design was a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors that helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. Learn more at www.micd.org>

George M. White Award: The award is named for the late George M. White, FAIA, retired architect of the Capitol, who, during his nearly 25-year tenure, oversaw key construction and restoration projects around the nation’s capital. >

To help support and advance good sustainable design practices, the American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), created the Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA). This initiative provided leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders who are engaged in planning a sustainable building project in their community. >

The Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award For Leadership in Urban Design, in 2010, the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors created the Riley Award to recognize mayors whose commitment to excellence in urban design reflects the outstanding example set by the award’s namesake. >

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. More than 850 mayors nationwide have participated in the program.

Sustainable Cities Design Academy

To help support and advance good sustainable design practices, the American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), created the Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA). This initiative provides leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders who are engaged in planning sustainable building projects in their community.

City Managers’ Design Academy

The City Managers’ Design Academy is the newest initiative of the Center for Design & the City. Through a generous donation from the Edward W. Rose, III Fund of the Dallas Foundation, CMDA supports leadership development and technical assistance for city managers and other civic leaders across the United States.

Accent on Architecture Gala

For the past 25 years, national leaders in design, government, and education have gathered in Washington, DC, for this black-tie event hosted by the American Architectural Foundation. With a program rich in ideas, the Gala has become the nation’s premier celebration of leadership in architecture and urban design. The 25th annual Gala took place on April 24, 2014 at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Keystone Award

Presented by the American Architectural Foundation, the Keystone Award is an annual national award that honors an individual or organization from outside the field of architecture for exemplary leadership that increases the value of architecture and design in our culture. Chicago Architecture Foundation was honored as the eleventh Keystone laureate in 2014.

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design

In 2010, the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors created the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design to recognize mayors whose commitment to excellence in urban design reflects the outstanding example set by the award’s namesake. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former mayor Oscar Goodman received the 2014 Riley Award at the 25th Accent on Architecture Gala on April 24, 2014.

Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship

Since 1990, the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, co-sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation and the French Heritage Society, has offered mid-career American and French design professionals an intensive six-month exchange experience that showcases the latest scholarship and practice around historic preservation and architectural heritage. The Hunt Fellowship is named for Richard Morris Hunt, the first American architect to study at Paris’ renowned École des Beaux-Arts.

Design for Learning

An initiative to develop and advance knowledge, strategies, and solutions for supporting new modes of teaching and learning through architecture and design. At the heart of this initiative is the Design for Learning Council, which AAF is in the process of establishing. The Council will be composed of an influential cross-section of leaders in education, technology, philanthropy, and design.

George M. White Award

The award is named for the late George M. White, FAIA, retired architect of the Capitol, who, during his nearly 25-year tenure, oversaw key construction and restoration projects around the nation’s capital. On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) honored David M. Childs, FAIA, as the inaugural recipient of the George M. White Award for Excellence in Public Architecture at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

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.