Park and Lynn Smith in Havana, Cuba

Jeanne Graham, Hon. Aff. AIAMI

Since the Michigan Architectural Foundation began, the dedication of its donors and board members has been instrumental in programs that are connecting people with architecture and its impact on our lives..

For Jeanne Graham, becoming an ardent supporter of architecture started young, after growing up in a mid-century modern home, and attending the Eliel Saarinen-designed Cranbrook Kingswood School. “I was surrounded by nature and great architecture, and being in that lovely environment had a real impact on me,” she remarks. Graham met late husband Ralph on a blind date to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1961. Together, they built a life filled with art and architecture, raising two sons in what she calls “a wanna-be Frank Lloyd Wright house,” and befriending architects like David Evans, noted for his preservation work. 

When Evans passed away in 1998, “It was Ralph’s idea to make a statement on his behalf,” explains Graham. Through her family’s Clannad Foundation, they established MAF’s Evans-Graham Memorial Preservation Award, which provides vital funding to protect and restore landmark buildings throughout Michigan. Graham serves on the award jury, volunteers with Cranbrook, and leads a dementia care group, among other interests. “I love being able to support important causes, and the legacy of individuals like my husband and David.”

History has always been intertwined with architect Park Smith’s life. Raised in Flint by an artist mother and a travel agent father, his early travels sparked Smith’s interest in history and architecture, and benefit him today in his role as jury chair for the annual MAF Evans-Graham Memorial Preservation Award. “Preserving architecture is an important part of preserving our history, says Smith.  “I’m proud that through my involvement with MAF, I am helping make people think about buildings and the role they play in telling the stories of our history.”

Since retiring from practice in 2009, Smith and wife Lynne have traveled the world. He also serves on MAF’s Programs Committee, and has been an active member of the Flint Historic District Commission, and an adjunct professor at Baker College, teaching courses on the history of architecture.

Jeanne Graham and Park Smith share a love of architecture, and have found the MAF as the vehicle through which they demonstrate it. We are all the beneficiaries.

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MAF President Bob Washer Dedicated to Increasing Architectural Student Opportunities
 

Bob Washer’s Contributions to the Michigan Architectural Foundation Include:

– Co-founded the first MAF Scholarship Golf Event

– Established the 2nd MAF Dumke Open Golf Event

– Founded the MAF – Detroit Optimist Scholarship

Bob Washer recalls the day when the MAF board asked him to sign on as secretary, a role that eventually leads to that of president. “My first response was, ‘You know I’m not an architect, right?'” he quips. “When the MAF said I was the right guy to eventually become the first non-architect president, it gave me goose bumps,” recalls Bob. “I said, ‘Okay, sign me up!'” They did, of course, and viewed his 45-year career in civil engineering and construction management as an asset, and a way to bring diverse perspectives to the MAF board.

Bob, 2016-2017 MAF board president, has spent the past 27 years helping MAF to expand its programming, raise funds, and elevate the public’s awareness surrounding architecture. With his dedication to creating educational opportunities for architecture students, Bob helped establish scholarships and fundraising events for MAF’s scholarship program. He also serves on MAF’s K5 Education Committee, which develops and supports architecture-based programming for young students.

He also has volunteered his time as president of the Optimist Club of Downtown Detroit; as an event director for the Detroit Special Olympics; and for numerous leadership roles at Farmington High School, where his three children attended. In addition, Bob serves as a mentor for the Future Cities Competition and, since retiring in 2014, continues to do construction-management consulting for clients like the Archdiocese of Detroit.

His so-called retirement gives Bob and his wife, Debbie, more time to spend up north in their Canadian Lakes vacation home – designed, he points out, by an AIA architect. “I’m proud to be living the MAF mission. Architecture enriches my life every day.” 
 

 

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For University of Michigan architecture student Ellis Wills-Begley, a classroom discussion on accessible design opened his eyes to understanding the needs of disabled people, and stimulated interest in learning more about how architecture serves as a catalyst for positive social change.

Wills-Begley, of Traverse City, recently received Michigan Architectural Foundation’s first Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship. The $3,500 scholarship is awarded to a University of Michigan student entering their fourth year of study, who aspires to an architectural career that combines imagination as a citizen/artist with responsibility to social, economic, and cultural context.

“By seeing design through the lens of disability, accessibility has the potential to be reframed as a creative opportunity,” said Wills-Begley.  “Truly inclusive design also enhances everyone’s experience in a space, regardless of their physical or psychological abilities.” With his student American Institute of Architects chapter, Wills-Begley helped start the group Initiative for Inclusive Design, whose goal is to increase awareness and dialogue on accessible design, and help influence the way designing for the disabled is currently approached.

“The scholarship jury was very impressed with Ellis’ portfolio of work, as well as his desire to explore how architecture can better anticipate the needs of the disabled community,” said Tim Casai, MAF scholarship committee chair. “He embodies the Robinson’s vision to assist students who want to design buildings that are both creative and responsible in how they enhance, encourage, and enable our lives.

Find out how you can help support the future of our next generation of architectural talent.

Since 2001, MAF has awarded scholarships annually to architectural students completing their Bachelor’s Degree, or enrolled in a Master of Architecture degree program at a Michigan college or university. Scholarship information is available on the MAF website.

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The Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) recently awarded Public Awareness Grants to three programs that increase our appreciation of architecture  
  • Project Pipeline Architecture Camp  introduces students to the practice of architecture. Developed by architect Bryan Cook in conjunction with the National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA), free camps are held in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and new this year, Flint. This is the third year the program has received a MAF Public Awareness Grant.
  • The Community Action Network’s CAN Art & Design is a free after-school program where students learn about architecture, sustainability, and design a project. This is the second year MAF had awarded the organization a Public Awareness Grant.
The Michigan Architectural Foundation’s Public Awareness Grants have funded a number of incredible programs which connect people with architecture in creative ways,” said Damian Farrell, FAIA, grant committee chair. “When we see children excited by learning, or adults who look at architecture in a different light after participating in programming we have supported, we are thrilled.”
The Public Awareness Grants are awarded periodically throughout the year. Past grants have helped fund films, lectures, events, workshops and educational programs. Click here for more information on application criteria and how to apply.
Want to help create the kind of programming that promotes awareness of architecture? Find out more here.
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Tireless commitment to educating a future generation of architectural advocates, and to making programs that enrich our lives a success are among the outstanding things you can say about architect Randy Case, AIA. The Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) is proud to announce that Randy is the 2017 recipient of MAF’s Leadership Award – and with good reason.
Randy, President and founder of Battle Creek-based Architecture + design, is chair of the MAF’s Kindergarten to 5th Grade (K5) educational program committee.  In this role, he has actively worked to create awareness of the “Architecture: it’s Elementary!” lesson plan curriculum, for use by teachers and parents for students in kindergarten through 5th grades.  He also spearheaded the creation of the ‘ArchiTrek’ video series, which takes students on architectural adventures through significant buildings and their own neighborhoods.
Randy also has been instrumental in many MAF public awareness chapter grant programs, including the highly successful National Organization of Minority Architects’ summer camps.  He serves on the MAF Evans-Graham Memorial Preservation Grant Committee, which provides funding for grassroots preservation projects statewide.
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Start with dedication to supporting architectural education for students of all ages, add in camaraderie and some healthy competition – and you end up one very successful event.
That was recently the case, when architects and other professionals participated in Michigan Architectural Foundation’s 16th annual golf outing at Dearborn Country Club.
The event raises money for MAF educational programs, including college scholarships, ‘Architecture, its Elementary,’ MAF’s K-5 architecture education program, and for the Dumke Fund, which provides children’s architecture books for public libraries and hospital pediatric centers. This year’s nine-hole format event sold out weeks in advance, and more than doubled last year’s financial success,
“MAF’s annual golf outing is one of our most popular fundraising events,” said event co-chair Kevin Shultis.  “As a result, MAF has been able to grow our scholarship fund, and our innovative educational programs. The event also provides a great opportunity to network and spend quality time with colleagues. It’s a win all the way around.”
Winning event teams will have their names engraved on the traveling Pickell Cup. The  names of the women’s overall medalist team will be engraved on the new Dumke Cup, in honor of event co-founder and former AIA Michigan executive director Rae Dumke.
  •  Pickell Cup Front Nine Medalist Team:

Jim Malloure, Allie Frankel, Nevra Kreger

  • Pickell Cup Back Nine Medalist Team:

Gene Gardella, Rich Danes, Romano Curti, Tyler Mohr

  • Dumke Cup Women’s Medalist Team:

Rae Dumke, Michelle Saroki, Kathy Cetlinski, Catherine DeDecker

  • First Place Combined Team:

Craig Thompson, Mike McGlynn, Tricia Ruby, Lindsey Rem with Gene Gardella, Rich Danes, Romano Curti, Tyler Mohr

  • Second Place Combined Team:

Damian Farrell, Katherine Farrell, Stephanie Benz, Bruce Benz with Stephen Barlow, Greg Ansell, Matt Terman, Max Dunigan

  • Third Place Combined Team:

Gene Hopkins, Tamara Burns, Cathy Mosley, Mike Mosley, with Sean Corriveau, Chris Small, Jeff Hausman, Patrick Kanary

Want to help support architectural educational programs that fuel the imaginations and educational goals of students of all ages? Find out more here.
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What happens when you bring determined, dedicated citizens together with essential funding to move a restoration project forward?  You get a great project that benefits and enhances the community, and often, preserves a part of our history in the process.
Michigan Architectural Foundation is proud to announce Seafoam Palace Museum, Inc. is the 2017 recipient of MAF’s Evans-Graham Memorial Preservation AwardThe $7,500 grant will support structural façade repairs for the organization’s Seafoam Palace Museum in Detroit.
The Seafoam Palace Museum is an adaptive reuse of the former headquarters building of the Frederic M. Sibley Lumber Company.  Named for its unique interior seafoam-colored plaster, the 1917 building will become home to a museum that explores the ‘nature of curiosity and wonder’ and incorporates art, science, history and adventure.
“MAF provides the award to catalyze projects and help supplement the many layers of funding needed to move projects forward,” according to award jury chairman and MAF trustee Park Smith. “Each of the projects MAF has supported has had the enthusiasm and involvement of community, which is as critical as project funding.”
The award was named in honor of historic preservation architect David Evans, and preservation activist Ralph Graham, MAF’s first public trustee.Past awards  have helped fund renovation work on Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium, Charlevoix’s 1885 South Pier lighthouse, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affleck House in Bloomfield Hills, and 19th-century copper mining heritage sites in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Want to help preserve a part of Michigan’s architectural and community history? Find out more here.
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With their vision, talent, and passion for the built environment, today’s architecture students will help shape tomorrow’s world.
Since 2001, Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) has awarded scholarships annually to architectural students completing their Bachelor’s Degree, or enrolled in a Master of Architecture degree program at a Michigan college or university. Each MAF scholarship defines criteria on which the student applicant is judged, including design excellence, community involvement, academic achievement, and/or financial need.
This year, MAF awarded more than $17,000 in scholarships to eight students working towards their dreams of becoming an architect:
  • Claire Antrassian, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Ellis Wills Begley, University of Michigan
  • Ashish Bhandari, University of Michigan
  • Brianna Campbell, Lawrence Technological University
  • Kyle DiMaggio, Lawrence Technological University
  • Bethany Gibson, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Jacob Klee, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Leonardo Orozco, University of Detroit Mercy
 “In addition to the strong portfolios and academic accomplishments of this year’s winners, the selection committee was impressed with how actively involved scholarship recipients are in their communities and student American Institute of Architects chapters,” said Tim Casai, chairman of the MAF Scholarship Committee.  “When students show the level of dedication that our scholarship winners have, it makes the future of the profession, and the impact the next generation of architects can have, very exciting indeed.”
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MAF Scholarships: Investing in the Future

For one day every April, a team of volunteers get a promising glimpse into the future of architecture. That’s when the MAF Scholarship Jury gathers to review the applications and portfolios of students pursuing a Master of Architecture degree in Michigan, and award more than $17,000 in scholarships.

“We’re looking for talented and motivated people who can be leaders in our profession down the road,” notes Tim Casai, chairman of the MAF Scholarship Committee. “It’s an interesting and encouraging process to see the work students are doing, and match their skills and interests to the different scholarships we have available.”

The Foundation has been helping students defray the daunting costs of an architectural education since 2001, when it organized its first golf outing to raise money for a scholarship fund. Thanks to the generosity of MAF members and supporters, the program continues to expand. This year, the Foundation awarded nine scholarships, with varying criteria such as design excellence, community involvement, academic achievement and/or financial need.

New this year, the Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship issues a $3,500 purse to a University of Michigan student (entering the fourth year of study) who aspires to a career that combines the roles of citizen and artist. The 2017 winner, Ellis Wills Begley of Traverse City, impressed the jury with an outstanding portfolio of work and his desire to serve the architectural needs of the disabled.

“As a jury, we were pleased to see the overall quality of the submittals,” remarks Casai. “These students are so well-rounded and demonstrate passion for the profession. The eight winners of awards this year were exceptional in their work, their professional education and their commitment to architecture.”

For a complete list of this year’s winners, click here.

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The 16th Annual MAF Golf Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Outing Registration is now open!

Architecture enriches life.

We have a unique legacy of great buildings because our forebearers believed in this statement. Today, the future of our quality of life is tied directly to the young people that will make  great places and those that will continue the support in this same belief.

The 16th Annual MAF Scholarship Fundraiser benefits five important investments in our future.

  • Architreks – a K-5 learning program teamed with Public Television
  • The Dumke Fund: a program that makes Architecture books available in our public libraries and our oncology, pediatric and family centers within hospitals.
  • Architecture Student Scholarships: UD Mercy, LTU, UM and Kendall students benefit from this robust scholarship program that keeps the best and brightest connected to Michigan.
  • The Tincknell Fund: this program was formed to promote the value of architecture to Michigan residents and students.
  • The MAF Public Awareness Grants – Funds towards specific initiatives designed to educate young and old on how architecture enriches life.

Learn more about the event and how to register here.

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