On Thursday, April 24, 2014, The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) will present the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) with its 2014 Keystone Award at AAF’s 25th annual Accent on Architecture Gala in the nation’s capital. AAF’s Board of Regents presents the keystone Award annually to an individual or organization from outside architectural practice for exemplary design leadership that improves lives and transforms communities. 

For almost 50 years, Chicago has been home to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), one of the world’s leading architecture organizations. One of the top 10 cultural organizations in Chicago, CAF was ranked the #1 “Best Thing to Do in Chicago” by US News & World Report (2012).

According to AAF President and CEO Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, “The Chicago Architecture foundation is a treasure not just for the residents of Chicago and visitors to that great architectural city, but for all those working around the world to enrich lives through architecture and design. CAF’s leadership and commitment to helping fellow architecture and design educators and organizations succeed epitomizes what it means to be a great partner.”

Welcoming more than 500,000 guests to Chicago annually, CAF’s touts a mission to inspire people to discover why design matters, and it does this through more than 85 types of architecture tours and programs. In addition, the organization engages directly and indirectly with more than 45,000 students and teachers internationally, using architecture as a method to learn science, technology, engineering, art and math. CAF’s Open House Chicago program is now in its third year and is tied with New York’s for producing the country’s largest architectural festival, with an audience of more than 50,000.

The American Architectural Foundation established the Keystone Award in 1999. Past recipients include, among others, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. of Charleston, S.C., the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Save America’s Treasures, the philanthropic Pritzker family of Chicago, and the Office of the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Lobby of the Chicago Architecture Foundation on south Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago (photo courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation).

Chicago Architecture Foundation to Receive Prestigious Keystone Award