Roehling06Carl Roehling, FAIA President

Welcome to the First Issue of our Quarterly Newsletter

One of the best kept secrets within the AIA is that all AIA Michigan members can be members of the Michigan Architectural Foundation, the 501 c3 supporting organization of AIA Michigan. All you must do to be a member is contribute.

Our newsletter is designed to keep you informed of our activities and programs intended to increase the public’s appreciation of how architecture enriches life. It may appear that much of what we undertake is similar to the AIA Michigan or AIA Chapter initiatives, however, there are significant differences. The Michigan Architectural Foundation’s focus is our architectural treasures within the state of Michigan, both contemporary and historical, rather than architects or the practice of architecture.

We do not promote architects, have no Political Action Committee, nor are we involved in current practice issues. We have no dues and unlike the AIA, your donations are tax deductible. We do, however, advocate architecture and will unabashedly promote good design and a building’s contribution to the public realm as qualities that architecture must possess. The bottom line is that we want every adult and child in the State to appreciate architecture and its unequaled contribution to the quality of life in Michigan.

Later this year, in celebration of AIA150, we will unveil the 150 Best Buildings in Michigan in both published and web format. This is a major step in the fulfillment of our mission. We will begin to match our great buildings with the public’s passion. And, the result will no doubt be thousands of people who share the same passion for architecture that you possess. Imagine nine million Michigan residents as excited about architecture as you are.

So become a member and unlock the secret.

Your contributions to MAF will be used to increase our endowment and support our annual programs that include:

Perkins-Copland_Cabin_EvansEvans Preservation Grant – Started in 1999 in honor of preservation architect David Evans, FAIA, the Evans Memorial Preservation Grant program is a joint effort between the Michigan Architectural Foundation and the Clannad Foundation. The grant seeks to reward a not-for-profit (501 c3) organization for their creative reuse of a historic property.

This past year the grant was awarded to the Perkins-Copland Log Cabin, originally located in Haslett, but now in Okemos at the Meridian Historical Village. The cabin was rescued from destruction by Robert Copland, who used the cabin to teach outdoor education and pioneer living to his Haslett Middle School students. Following budget cuts that ended the program, the building was donated to the Friends of Historical Meridian in 2005, who moved it to the Okemos location. The grant money will help to restore the building, which will be used to demonstrate local history.

David Knapp Jeffrey Hoag

Knapp_Davidhoag-MAF_scholarPresident’s Scholarships – Each year the Michigan Architectural Foundation awards a scholarship to a Michigan resident who is studying in one of the four accredited architectural schools in Michigan. Thanks to a matching grant this past year from national AIA, we were able to award two $4,000 scholarships. One award was received by Jeffrey Hoag of Redford, who is a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan. The second award winner was David Knapp, Associate AIA, who lives in Detroit and is working towards his Master’s Degree in Architecture at Lawrence Technological University. Both recipients have demonstrated outstanding leadership in professional, community or political activities.

Interested students can obtain information and application forms for this year’s scholarship through the MAF headquarters at the Beaubien House or by contacting the architecture departments at Andrews University, University of Detroit/Mercy, Lawrence Technological University or the University of Michigan.

Chapter Grants – AIA Huron Valley was awarded a grant from the MAF to support publication of their newsletter, Architrave. With a new format, the newsletter will focus on a variety architectural subjects and buildings consistent with MAF’s mission. The newsletter will be distributed to local libraries and other public forums and can also be viewed on AIA Huron Valley‘s website.

newsle1Continuing Education/Networking Opportunities – Over 600 architects, contactors and building owners took advantage of this year’s Health Facilities and Educational Facilities Conferences sponsored by the Michigan Architectural Foundation. Both events (Health in the Spring and Education in the Fall) allowed the attendees to participate in presentations on the latest developments in both of these fields of practice. Watch for the upcoming Health Facilities Conference scheduled for March 8-9, to be held in Grand Rapids.newsle2

AIADetroit_GuideDetroit Architecture – The “AIA Guidebook to Detroit“, a publication supported by the MAF, documents the architecture of Detroit through photographs, written descriptions and maps and is an excellent resource for self-guided tours of the city. Compiled by Eric Hill, FAIA and John Gallagher, architectural writer for the Detroit Free Press, the 350-page soft cover book is available through the AIA Michigan office.

American_City_MAF_book“American City – Detroit Architecture 1845-2005” is a recently issued large format book representing the architecture of Detroit, the first such book in over thirty years. Sponsored in part through a grant from the MAF, American City “showcases a Detroit that will surprise many and bring long-overdue attention to the city‘s heritage of fine design“. The book is available at local bookstores.


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