This year, the Architects Foundation (AF) solidified its position as attracting, inspiring and investing in the next-generation design community. AF now runs eight different scholarship programs (attract/invest), is building out its museum programming at The Octagon through 2021 (attract/inspire), and has built a framework for a strategic planning process. Throughout 2019, the Foundation has interacted with every single AIA team in support of its initiatives.

AF welcomed 37 new scholars in 2019 with the combined help of 31 jurors, and continues to support an additional 26 scholars with multiyear awards. The Foundation congratulates Orli Hakanoglu, Vaughn Lewis and Jalen Price on graduating from their architecture degree programs.

2019 has also been a whirlwind of networking! The Architects Foundation opened The Octagon’s doors to 3,500+ people for exhibits, tours and lectures. See our latest video of The Octagon here.

AF additionally met with 30+ scholars around the country—in Chicago, Dallas, DC, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and New York.

Finally, the Architects Foundation thanks David Melanҫon for his board service through 2019. Going into 2020, AF welcomes Kendrick Higa, AIA and Daniel Kirby, FAIA to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.