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What is it about architecture? More than just four walls and a roof, architecture preserves our history, houses our lifetime of stories, and enhances our memories and experiences. Architecture also plays a significant role in our local culture, influences our sense of well-being, strengthens community investment, and serves a source of pride for those who live, work, play, learn, and do business in our cities and neighborhoods.

The Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) is dedicated to advancing the public’s awareness and appreciation of architecture. MAF does this by providing funding for quality programming and resources that educate, inspire, and engage architectural advocates of all ages, benefit our communities, and increase awareness of how architecture makes life better.

Learn about MAF-supported programs, and how you can become part of the conversation through your support – in Michigan Architectural Foundation’s program brochure ‘Advancing Public Awareness of How Architecture Enriches Life’ – and read the stories of those who have benefited from MAF programming (below).  

LEARNING CURVE: What happens when you inspire children to learn about architecture? They become creative, critical thinkers – and maybe even future architects. Read about Architecture, it’s Elementary.


THE FUTURE OF DESIGN? FULLY ACCESSIBLE: Inspired by a classroom discussion on inclusive design, MAF scholarship recipient Ellis Wills-Begley wants to change the conversation on designing for the disabled.


ENGAGED AWARENESS: One of the most engaging ways to learn about architecture is through programs that enrich our experiences. Read about MAF’s Public Awareness Grant program.


HISTORY LESSON: An MAF Evans-Graham Preservation Grant is helping to restore the 1849 King House, once part of an Odawa Indian fishing village.


PRESERVATION BLISS: MAF Evans-Graham Grant marries arts and architecture, by helping transform a 1917 office building into a unique museum.


CHANGE AGENT: For architect Bryan Cook, his program to expose minority students to careers in architecture is a labor of love. With the help of an MAF public awareness grant, he’s expanded its reach.