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AAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the following partners, without whom our work would not be possible.  We offer a variety of partnership and sponsorship opportunities for both organizations and individuals. Find out more here.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES DESIGN ACADEMY
Otis

CITY MANAGERS’ DESIGN ACADEMY
Cigna
Edward W. Rose, III Family Fund of the Dallas Foundation
Siemens

DESIGN FOR LEARNING
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Avenues | The World School

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
DLR Group
Dull Olsen Weekes – IBI Group Architects
FGM Architects Inc.
JCJ Architecture
Learning by Design
Mahlum | Architects
Perkins+Will
Steelcase Inc.
VMDO Architects
VS Furniture

2017 ACCENT ON ARCHITECTURE GALA
Presenter
Forest City Realty Trust

Benefactor
John Moriarty and Associates, Inc.
Otis
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Visionary
Armstrong World Industries
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Columbia University, Office of Government & Community Affairs
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
DLR Group

Steward
Elkus Manfredi Architects
Forsgate Industrial Partners
Gensler
Humanscale
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers & International Masonry Institute
Jacobs
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
Perkins Eastman & SK&A
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Skyline Design
Steelcase
STUDIOS Architecture
Vornado/Charles E. Smith and The JBG Companies
William and Mary Kerr

Friend
BCT Architects
BKV Group
Hord Coplan Macht
MRP Realty
New Mountain Learning
PN Hoffman
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Shalom Baranes Associates

2016 ACCENT ON ARCHITECTURE GALA
Benefactor
American University
Charles E. Smith Family Foundation
Gensler
Robert and Arlene Kogod
Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation
Robert H. Smith Family Foundation
Otis
Vornado/Charles E. Smith
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Visionary
Armstrong Ceiling Solutions
Cannon Design

Steward
Beth Newburger Schwartz/Arena Stage
The Bonner Family
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Dates Weiser
DLR Group
Evenson Best
GHT Limited
HITT Contracting Inc.
Hord Coplan Macht
Humanscale
Jacobs
The JBG Companies
Knoll
Savills Studley
Skyline Design
STUDIOS Architecture
Thornton Tomasetti
William T. Kerr

Friend
BCT Architects
BKV Group
College of the Atlantic
The George Washington University
Hartman Cox
Harvey-Cleary Builders
Leo A. Daly
MOI
Porcelanosa

2015 OCULUS AWARD LUNCHEON
Clark Construction Group, LLC
International Masonry Institute
International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURES
National Park Service
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities
HISTORY

RICHARD MORRIS HUNT FELLOWSHIP
French Heritage Society
Lafarge Holcim

JOSEPH P. RILEY JR. AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN URBAN DESIGN
The United States Conference of Mayors

GEORGE M. WHITE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
The Office of the Architect of the Capitol

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.