26th Annual Accent on Architecture Gala: Recap

On Thursday, April 30th, 2015, the American Architectural Foundation hosted its 26th Annual Accent on Architecture Gala at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Executives in architecture, design, government, and education joined AAF to honor leaders in the field whose contributions create lasting cultural artifacts for communities across the United States.

“At the Gala, we had the unique pleasure of honoring two individuals and one company who have literally shaped the world in ways that have transformed our lives, and have influenced others to do the same,” said Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, President and CEO of AAF.

American Architectural Foundation 2015 Awards Gala

John Syvertsen, FAIA, Chair of AAF’s Board of Regents; Theodore Landsmark, M.Env.D., J.D., Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, D.F.A. (Hon.), President Emeritus of Boston Architectural College, Jane Chu, Ph.D., Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, AAF President/CEO.

At the Gala, AAF presented Keystone Award to the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company for their extensive portfolio, creative approach to construction, and reputation for excellence. Timothy J. Regan, President and CEO of Whiting-Turner, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

American Architectural Foundation 2015 Awards Gala

Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, AAF President/CEO; Diane Hoskins, FAIA, LEED AP, Co-CEO of Gensler; Timothy Regan, President/CEO of Whiting-Turner; and John M. Syvertsen, FAIA, Chair of AAF’s Board of Regents.

Kevin Roche, FAIA, received the 2015 George M. White Award for Excellence in Public Architecture for his public architectural contributions, which include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and numerous museums, performing arts facilities, and theaters.

American Architectural Foundation 2015 Awards Gala

Bryce Pearsall, FAIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal and Chairman of DLR Group; Kevin Roche, FAIA, Co-Founder and Design Principal at KRJDA; Alan Hantman, FAIA, Former Architect of the Capitol; and Thomas Luebke, FAIA, Secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts.

We also recognized AAF’s longtime friend and colleague Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., namesake of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design, with the National Medal for Design Leadership for 40 years of urban design and preservation stewardship. AAF Regent Theodore Landsmark, M.Env.D., J.D., Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, D.F.A. (Hon.), President Emeritus of Boston Architectural College, said, “We are honored to thank and salute Mayor Riley for his unrelenting commitment to city design.”

AAF expresses its appreciation and gratitude to our Gala sponsors, whose support helps make our programs possible.

Lead photo caption: 2015 Gala honorees Timothy J. Regan, President/CEO of Whiting-Turner, Kevin Roche, FAIA, Design Principal at KRJDA, Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. with AAF President/CEO Ronald E. Bogle.

Photos courtesy of David Hathcox Photography

The 2015 Gala full photo set is available at AAF’s Smugmug page

Video courtesy of GVI.


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The American Architectural Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the role of architecture and design in American society since its founding in 1943 by the American Institute of Architects.

In its 75 years in existence the Foundation’s work has taken many forms — from educational programming and exhibitions in its early years to large-scale design initiatives and programs —all of which serve to create a rich legacy.

As the managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design for twenty years, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, the Foundation helped move the needle on design and cities. And, through its other signature programs like Save America’s Treasures in partnership with National Parks Service, the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, and Design for Learning, the Foundation has provided critical design leadership training and technical assistance to hundreds of elected officials, education leaders, business leaders, and other key decision makers in the design process.

In recent years, cities and civic leaders have embraced design and design thinking in a way that could not have been imagined when the Foundation begin its work back in 1943 — and AAF’s role in this transformation is a source of great pride for the Foundation. With this increased interest in the role of design in shaping our cities came a proliferation of new organizations to support and facilitate this cultural shift. These advances in the role of design in American society and changes in the nonprofit design sector, coupled with the departure of the organization’s longest-serving CEO, prompted the Foundation’s Board to embark on an intensive and lengthy process to examine the ongoing role and work of the Foundation.

As the Board of Regents reflected on the positive changes of the cultural value of design, the accomplishments of the Foundation, and how the legacy of the Foundation’s work is being carried out by its former staff in new roles and organizations across the country, they reached the conclusion that the American Architectural Foundation had accomplished what it set out to do. As a result, the Foundation began to complete its remaining programs and wind down its operations in the Summer of 2018 and the organization’s endowments have been distributed to allied organizations. The Foundation’s research and reports will remain available on its website as a resource to the field.

The Foundation’s work would not have been possible without the incredible talents of its many staff over the decades, the generous support of its funders, and the tireless dedication of its civic & design partners across the country. The Board remains deeply proud of the significant contributions Foundation has made in its 75-year history and would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible without the efforts, dedication, and support from so many of you.