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Call for Applications: Architects Foundation Now Accepting Submissions for Scholarships

WASHINGTON – The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), is now accepting applications for three scholarships that support the next generation of architects.

“The Architects Foundation is thrilled to welcome more scholars into our fold,” said Marci Reed, Executive Director. “In addition to financial support, we aim to empower them to succeed in the profession of architecture and have positive impact in an increasingly diverse world.”

Beginning today, architecture students—that meet the required criteria—can apply for either the Diversity Advancement Scholarship, the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship or the Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship. Applications must be received by Jan. 16, 2019 for consideration.

Diversity Advancement Scholarship

This multiyear scholarship supports high school and undergraduate minority students who are entering, enrolled in, or transferring into a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited undergraduate architecture program. Scholarships may be renewed every year until the degree is completed, for up to five years ($20,000 total award).

Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

This scholarship is an honor to the legacy of Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, who helped shape the national discourse on women in architecture and design. The scholarship is open to third and fourth-year women architecture students in a NAAB-accredited undergraduate degree program, as well as women in any level of graduate study in a NAAB-accredited program. In addition to a financial award of $10,000, recipients are also paired with a senior mentor from Payette for their scholarship year.

Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship

The Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship was established in 2018 in honor of architect Yann Weymouth, AIA. Weymouth served as chief of design for I.M. Pei on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington, DC and the Grand Louvre Project in Paris. He is now working as the Design Director for a science research laboratory at the University of Miami with Harvard Jolly Architecture. This scholarship is awarded each year to an architecture student with a focus on the design intersection of sustainability, resilience, wellness and beauty. The recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as the opportunity to be mentored by Weymouth.

Complete details on Architects Foundation scholarship programs are available online.

Architects Foundation Announces 2018 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients receive funds and study materials for the Architectural Registration Examination.

WASHINGTON – The Architects Foundation has selected ten recipients of the 2018 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship.

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The scholarship recipients will receive funds to cover all sections of the Architectural Registration Examination, as well as study materials from Brightwood College.

“The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the exceptional efforts of individuals in the community who are also seeking architectural licensure” said Pettigrew Scholarship Jury Chair William Roschen, FAIA. “We are excited to be able to support these emerging professionals in recognition of their accomplishments.”

Each year, the jury selects up to ten recipients for the award. This year’s scholars are:

Jose Barajas, Assoc. AIA (Spokane, WA)

Geraldene Blackgoat, Assoc. AIA (Albuquerque, NM)

Maya Bird-Murphy, Assoc. AIA (Chicago, IL)

Tiffany Brown, Assoc. AIA (Detroit, MI)

Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA (Washington, DC)

Sergio Legon-Talamoni, Assoc. AIA (Seattle, WA)

Isela Martinez, Assoc. AIA (Hampstead, NC)

Deborah Perez, Assoc. AIA (Bajadero, PR)

Robyn Savacool, Assoc. AIA (Hamilton, NJ)

Sarah Young, Assoc. AIA (Lafayette, LA)

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship was established in 2004 by the AIA National Associates Committee, to honor the memory of their late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew, Associate AIA. The scholarship has been with the Architects Foundation since 2015.

Complete details on the Jason Pettigrew scholarship program are available on the Architects Foundation website.

Architects Foundation Supports Women in Architecture with Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

Scholarship honors architect Sho-Ping Chin, impactful mentor and champion of equity in architecture.

WASHINGTON – The Architects Foundation announces architecture student Orli Hakanoglu as the 2018-2019 recipient of the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship, which is an annual $10,000 grant intended to support the education of women in architecture.

“The opportunity to recognize Orli and honor Sho-Ping through this scholarship elevates the entire profession,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA. “Sho-Ping’s legacy is thriving and Orli’s passion for architecture is proof.”

Hakanoglu is the third recipient of the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship, which honors the late architect Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, a long-time principal at Payette and a health-care practice leader who was instrumental in defining and elevating the national discourse for women in design.

“We started this scholarship to honor Sho-Ping’s memory and it is such a privilege each year to meet outstanding students of whom Sho-Ping would have been proud to have known,” said Payette President Kevin B. Sullivan, FAIA. “After reading Orli’s essay and reviewing her portfolio, I knew the jury had selected an ideal candidate. Her commitment to serving socially-conscious design is well aligned with Sho-Ping’s values and approach to architecture. We look forward to supporting Orli as she launches her architecture career.”

Born and raised in New York, Hakanoglu is a third-year student working towards her Master’s degree (anticipated May 2019) at the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to her time at Yale, Hakanoglu studied studio art, art history, and architecture at Wellesley College, where she supplemented her coursework with architecture studio courses at the MIT School of Architecture + Planning through the Wellesley-MIT exchange program. Hakanoglu is passionate about how architecture, art, and design can play a role in promoting equality across a range of societies and cultures. Additionally, she is interested in strengthening diversity and inclusivity within the professional and educational fields of architecture. Hakanoglu has worked at Architizer, the Yale University Art Gallery, and is currently working as a summer intern at Deborah Berke Partners. In her free time she enjoys painting, urban sketching, and exploring New York. Hakanoglu is the third recipient of this first scholarship offered through the Architects Foundation.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship will open in the fall of 2018. Qualified students—with at least two years of undergraduate or any level of graduate study—are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Architect’s Foundation website for complete details.

 

About The Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. For more information, visit the Architects Foundation website.

About Payette

Payette is a leading architectural design firm in Boston, MA. They are a design collective driven to create boldly original buildings for science and healthcare that are as profoundly humane in their accommodation of needs as they are pioneering in their pursuit of environmental performance. For more than three quarters of a century, Payette has practiced innovation in these highly technical buildings while developing a culture based on deep readings of program as one of the essential subtexts of architecture. This thorough understanding of how hospitals and laboratories work has helped clients transcend function to transform places and improve people’s lives. For more information, please visit www.payette.com.

 

Architects Foundation Quadruples its Diversity Advancement Scholarships

Scholarship expansion provides financial support to 20 students enrolling in architecture studies.

Washington – The Architects Foundation is awarding 20 new multiyear scholarships to students attending NAAB-accredited schools of architecture, quadrupling the number of scholarships made in 2017.

The Foundation–the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—is also more than doubling the number of students currently assisted by its multiyear scholarship program with a $1 million investment from the AIA. As part of the Foundation’s program, scholars receive $4,000 per year for up to five years.

Two of the new 20 scholars are funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and will receive an additional $1,000 per year. The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network also funded a scholar this year who has expressed interest in residential architecture. Recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships will be recognized at the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’18) in New York City.

“The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was established by the AIA and the Ford Foundation following a 1968 speech by Whitney M. Young Jr. calling upon architects to do more for the community. Young’s charge included scholarships for minority students, and in 1970, 20 awards were made,” said Marci Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “Fifty years after Young’s challenge, we are pleased to be back at this impressive level of effort to create a diverse next generation of architects and community builders.”

Eight scholarship recipients, including new scholars Maly Sears and Caroline Senyszyn, will attend A’18 this week, which was made possible in part by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, ConstructConnect, Cooper Carry, and Lord Aeck Sargent.

The 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients are:

  • Esmeralda Aceituno of Los Angeles, CA
  • Daniel Allen of Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Amigon of Sunnyside, NY
  • Annabelle Asali of Los Angeles, CA
  • Shanelle Brown of Fairhope, AL
  • Nina Crosby Walton of Frederick, MD
  • Andrea De Haro of Doral, FL
  • Genesis Gadberry of San Angelo, TX
  • Isabella Greco of Chicago, IL
  • Joya Ma of Phoenix, AZ
  • Lauren McLean of Mount Vernon, NY
  • Hana Morrison of Honolulu, HI (scholar funded by AIA Custom Residential Architects Network)
  • Amy Rojas of San Antonio, TX
  • Sarah Saad of East Elmhurt, NY
  • Maly Sears of Adrian, MO (scholar funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation)
  • Caroline Senyszyn of Fort Worth, TX (scholar funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation)
  • Luiza Vara of Phoenix, AZ
  • Ania Yee-Boguinskaia of Houston, TX
  • Nahom Zeleke of Columbia, AL
  • Carolina Zuniga of Doral, FL

Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation & Architects Foundation announce 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients


Paint company’s foundation gives $50,000 in scholarships to two aspiring architects

Washington, DC – May 8, 2018 – Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in partnership with the Architects Foundation, is announcing recipients of its 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship, which provides assistance to minority students who are pursuing a professional architecture degree recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

“We are proud to continue to support scholarship programs such as the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement Scholarship and assist and encourage students who are pursuing careers in the architecture and interior design fields,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation. “We congratulate Caroline Senyszyn of Fort Worth, Texas and Maly Sears of Adrian, Missouri on earning the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships and look forward to seeing how the next generation of architects shapes the industry.”

As part of the scholarship, Senyszyn and Sears will each receive $5,000 annually for five years and will have the opportunity to attend the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City this June.

“Thanks to Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, we are able to provide the top two Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients with additional funding and opportunities to travel to AIA’s annual conference,” said Marci Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “We are truly grateful to Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation for their support of minority students aspiring to become architects.”

Over the past three years, Benjamin Moore Foundation has been committed to supporting the architecture and design fields, which has included donating $150,000 to support aspiring architects through the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program.

Each year, the program selects two candidates, which must be either high school seniors and transfer students planning to attend architecture school , or first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program. In order to enroll, qualified candidates must submit two examples of their creative work, a high school transcript, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements.

Complete details on the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program are available on the Architects Foundation website.

About Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore & Co. maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Benjamin Moore premium portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®Regal® SelectCENTURY®Ultra Spec®Natura® and ben®. The Benjamin Moore & Co. Family of Brands includes specialty and architectural paints from Coronado®, Lenmar® and Insl-x®. Benjamin Moore & Co. coatings are available primarily from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

Charitable Giving at Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore and the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are committed to enhancing North American communities. Through in-kind and financial donations, Benjamin Moore & the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are able to support numerous national and regional nonprofits that embody their giving mission including AIA Architects Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Mission Continues and YouthBuild® USA, among others. Additionally, teams of Benjamin Moore employee volunteers give thousands of hours each year to charities across North America.

About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. For more information, visit the Architects Foundation website.

About The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state, and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business. In addition, the Institute engages civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world.

Architects Foundation announces the Yann Weymouth Scholarship

Scholarship to provide financial support to architecture student and mentorship from Yann Weymouth, AIA.

Washington, DC – The Architects Foundation is announcing the establishment of a new scholarship program in honor of architect Yann Weymouth, AIA.

“I am deeply honored to be a part of this scholarship,” said Weymouth. “This opportunity will allow me to engage, mentor, and guide some of the most talented young architecture students so that they can carry the torch forward to shape our future. For that, I am deeply grateful.”

The Yann Weymouth Scholarship will be granted annually—beginning next year—to a graduate architecture student dedicated to integrating exceptional design with sustainable initiatives. In addition to financial support, students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to personally seek guidance and support from Weymouth.

During his career, Weymouth served as chief of design for I.M. Pei on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington and the Grand Louvre Project in Paris. In addition, he held positions as senior vice president, design director, and worldwide design board member for HOK Architects, where he contributed to four major museum commissions in the state of Florida. He now serves as Design Director of St. Pete Design Group.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Yann’s world-renowned career with this scholarship,” said Architects Foundation President Jeffery Potter, FAIA. “I look forward to seeing his impact on these students translate into successful careers in the architecture profession.”

The Architects Foundation held a private reception at the Octagon Thursday to honor Weymouth and announce the scholarship. At the event, Weymouth was joined by his daughter Katharine and his wife Susana; David Skorton, Smithsonian Institution; Chien Chung Pei, AIA, Pei Partnership Architects; William Hellmuth, FAIA, HOK; Charles Hine, Salvador Dalí Museum; Laura Hine, The James Museum; Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post.

The Architects Foundation and the Custom Residential Architects Network Fund Additional Diversity Advancement Scholarship


Washington, DC –
 The Architects Foundation announced today the expansion of the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship program. Thanks to a generous $20,000 donation by the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), an AIA Knowledge Community, an additional scholar will be selected.

The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority race, ethnicity, or those diversely-abled, pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Scholarships may be renewed for up to five years, up to a $20,000 award.

“By funding the scholarship, our goal is to help a student interested in custom residential architecture and put them on the track to successfully becoming a licensed architect,” said CRAN Chair John Stewart, AIA. “We are excited to welcome the scholar into our network.”
This is the very first pilot gift from the CRAN Legacy Committee, a committee that comprises all of knowledge community’s past chairs.

“The CRAN Legacy Committee’s goal is to evaluate and identify opportunities to give back to the profession,” said James Walbridge, AIA, CRAN Legacy Committee Member. “As chair of the Architects Foundation Scholarship Committee, I am honored that the CRAN Legacy Committee has chosen the Diversity Advancement Scholarship as its first investment.”

Through Jan. 17, 2018, applications are encouraged from qualified high school seniors planning to attend school for architecture, first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program, and students intending to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program from a technical school or community college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide two examples of their creative work, high school transcripts, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit architectsfoundation.org/scholarships.

“The Custom Residential Architects Network has a robust network that, by sharing intellectual capital, encourages innovation in the field,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA.  “By sponsoring a scholar interested in custom residential architecture, the CRAN is taking the next step toward growing the community and supporting the evolution of the profession. We are grateful for their support.”

Applications for the Diversity Advancement Scholarship are open until Jan. 17, 2018; scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program and how to apply, please visit architectsfoundation.org.

Payette and Architects Foundation Launch 2018-2019 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship Program


Boston
–  In partnership with the Architects Foundation, Payette today announced the opening of applications for the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship provides assistance to women pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Beginning today through January 17, 2018, qualified students entering at least their third year of undergraduate, or any level of graduate study, are encouraged to apply. Previous Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship recipients are also eligible to reapply.

“We are so pleased to partner with Payette on this scholarship,” said Marci B. Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “In addition to being a long-time principal at Payette, Sho-Ping Chin was instrumental in defining the national discourse for women in design, and helped found the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. This scholarship is a wonderful way to honor her memory.”

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide their resume, a personal essay, 5-10 examples of their creative work, and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit architectsfoundation.org/scholarships.

“Sho-Ping was a wonderful mentor and instilled in her teams a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design,” said Kevin Sullivan, Payette’s President and long-time colleague of Sho-Ping. “The impact of her work at our firm and throughout the profession is still felt today. We are honored to continue her legacy and commitment to advancing women in architecture through this scholarship.”

Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018. To learn more about the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship program and how to apply please visit architectsfoundation.org.

This is the first scholarship offered through the Architects Foundation specifically for women architecture students, named after a woman architect.

About Payette

Payette is a leading architectural design firm in Boston, MA specializing in the programming, planning, and design of complex buildings for medical and scientific research, academic teaching, and healthcare. For more than three quarters of a century, Payette has practiced innovation in these highly technical buildings while developing a culture based on deep readings of program as one of the essential subtexts of architecture. This thorough understanding of how hospitals and laboratories work has helped clients transcend function to transform places and improve people’s lives. For more information, please visit www.payette.com.

About The Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. The Architects Foundation is positioning itself for new success, preparing to launch a momentous increase in scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from AIA. By enhancing the program, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. Visit architectsfoundation.org.

The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and Architects Foundation Launch 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Program


Montvale, NJ –
 The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in partnership with The Architects Foundation, today announced the opening of the application period for the 2018-2019 Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship program. The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Beginning today through January 17, 2018, qualified high school seniors planning to attend school for architecture and first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide two examples of their creative work, high school transcripts, a personal essay and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit http://www.architectsfoundation.org/scholarships.

“The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with the American Institute of Architects Foundation and once again fund the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program for the third consecutive year,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation. “We are committed to providing students of interior design and architecture the opportunity to advance in their studies and encourage qualified candidates to pursue a scholarship through this program.”

The scholarship awards up to $20,000 for up to five years of undergraduate study, but thanks to additional funding from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, the top two students will be awarded $5,000 each per year for up to five years, and will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City next summer.

“It is because of the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation’s generosity that we are able to increase the awards for our top two scholarship candidates,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA. “We are grateful for Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation’s commitment not only to funding these students but also providing them access to the profession’s largest annual networking and educational event.”

Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018 and the top two will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 annual AIA Conference on Architecture taking place June 21- 23 in New York City. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program and how to apply please visit https://architectsfoundation.org/.

About Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore & Co. maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Benjamin Moore premium portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®Regal® SelectNatura® and ben®. The Benjamin Moore & Co. Family of Brands includes specialty and architectural paints from Coronado®Lenmar® and Insl-x®. Benjamin Moore & Co. coatings are available primarily from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

Charitable Giving at Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore and the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are committed to enhancing North American communities. Through in-kind and financial donations, Benjamin Moore & the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are able to support numerous national and regional nonprofits that embody their giving mission including AIA Architects Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation The Mission Continues and YouthBuild®, among others. Additionally, teams of Benjamin Moore employee volunteers give thousands of hours each year to charities across North America.

About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. The Architects Foundation is positioning itself for new success, preparing to launch a momentous increase in scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from AIA. By enhancing the program, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships.

Architects Foundation Names New Executive Director

 

Washington, DC– The Architects Foundation Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA, to serve as the Executive Director of the organization. Starting on October 2nd, Reed will be responsible for all programs and activities related to the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Reed joins the Architects Foundation from Southface Energy Institute, where she served as the Chief Officer of Development and Communications. At Southface, Reed directed key management initiatives, oversaw fundraising and communications activities, and served as a spokesperson for the organization. Reed was also Southface’s first director of development and communications from 2000-2006.

“We couldn’t be more confident in the skills that Marci brings to the Architects Foundation,” said Jeffery Potter, FAIA, who chairs the Foundation Board. “She also brings creativity and proven leadership, so I’m excited for the Foundation’s future in expanding the role it plays in improving the profession.”

Reed has previous AIA experience, including serving as Executive Director of AIA Georgia, AIA Atlanta, and the Architecture Foundation of Georgia. Reed attended Georgia State University, where she earned a BA in English and then completed her MPA, Nonprofit Management.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Architects Foundation at this exciting moment,” Reed said. “After last year’s generous gift to the Foundation of $1M from AIA, we are able to expand the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program for 2018-2019 and give more students the chance to pursue a successful career in architecture. At the same time, we will look to enhance our preservation efforts and pursue additional programming areas for the future.”

The application submission period for the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement Scholarships will open on October 25, 2017.  Learn more at architectsfoundation.org.

About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. The Architects Foundation is positioning itself for new success, preparing to launch a momentous increase in scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from AIA. By enhancing the program, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, The American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.