Beautiful, functional, sustainable design improves our lives and strengthens the communities that bind us together. It inspires us to imagine a better world and empowers us to pursue that vision. For nearly seventy years, these principles have guided the American Architectural Foundation.
We all share the responsibility of making good design decisions for our communities. The key to success is an informed, collaborative design process. AAF helps make that process happen through national programs focused on leadership development in the design of cities and schools.
These programs--including Great Schools by Design, the Mayors' Institute on City Design, the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, the Architecture + Design Education Network, Accent on Architecture, and several others--educate, inform, and inspire elected officials, educational leaders, and other public-spirited decision makers to use design to create better communities.
We all share the responsibility of making good design decisions for our communities. The key to success is an informed, collaborative design process. AAF helps to make that process happen. It seeks to educate, inform, and inspire elected officials, educational leaders, and other public-spirited decision makers to use design to create better communities.
AAF assembles design teams of diverse expertise; connects them with government officials, educators, business leaders, and others whose daily decisions help determine the design of our cities; and engages them all in a collaborative design process that responds to some of the most critical challenges facing our nation.
The experience awakens these leaders to the transformative power of design, demonstrates how to apply that power toward solving real-world problems, and generates the momentum necessary to effect rapid, innovative change in cities across the country.
AAF neither sells a product nor advocates a particular design style. It instead creates unique opportunities for the free, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas around the vital issues that shape our cities and define our society. Participants gain the knowledge and resources necessary to realize creative design solutions as well as the motivation to promote a vibrant design culture when they return home.