AIA ILLINOIS FOUNDATION
The AIA Illinois Foundation was created to advance the cause of excellence in architecture by serving as a link between the public and the architectural profession; by advocating a creative and responsible public stewardship of architectural heritage; by sponsoring alliances between the public and the architects of Illinois; and by fostering development of a vision of livable communities through design excellence. For more information, contact AIA Illinois.
SAVING OUR HERITAGE
The AIA Illinois Foundation has financially supported architectural restorations over the years to ensure Illinois' Great Places are treasured for years to come. Projects have included the Illinois Governor's Mansion, the Buckminster "Fuller Dome Home" in Carbondale, and the Farnsworth House in Plano designed by Mies van der Rohe, among others.
Giving our youth the tools to design great communities and inspiring the next generation of architects is an important area of giving for the AIA Illinois Foundation. Projects include Project Pipeline by Illinois NOMA, community service projects by college students through the "Freedom by Design" program, and saving a lightwell to show the sustainability of older buildings in Springfield's Kidzeum of Health & Science.
Architects live on through their work, but the AIA Illinois Foundation also supports special commemorations to bring attention to their contributions. In 2018 alone, the Foundation supported a Kewanee mural of Illinois' first African American architect, Walter Bailey, and dedicated a marker to the architects who brought new life to the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech.
Architects work to create healthy and resilient communities, which is why the AIA Illinois Foundation often steps in with support after a natural disaster, such as when Hurricane Harvey flooded the Houston Council's offices, or giving in response to the aftermath of both Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.
The AIA Illinois Foundation supports partner organizations providing educational opportunities for architects or for the general public to better understand the contributions architects have made. Funding for sessions and exhibits has gone toward various groups such as AEC Cares, Chicago Women in Architecture, and our regional chapters.