Washington Architectural Foundation

Washington Architectural Foundation

421 7th St NW, Washington (DC), 20004, United States

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Non-profit community-service group, founded by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, bringing architecture into the community.

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Mission WAF programs provide in-depth service to numerous segments of our diverse community including K-12 students and teachers, students pursuing architecture and design training, and the most vulnerable members of our society through partnerships with other nonprofits.
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"Making a difference in the community by design"

Founded in 1988 by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF) has as its central mission to facilitate “Architects Serving the Community.” Today, WAF programs provide in-depth service to numerous segments of our diverse community including K-12 students and teachers, students pursuing architecture and design training, and the most vulnerable members of our society through partnerships with other nonprofits.

The Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, made up of nine architects and six public sector members who represent the local building and development industry, local housing and social service non-profits and arts organizations. Board members serve two-year terms.

While most programs are headed by volunteers, five staff members of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects devote a portion of their work time to the Foundation in exchange for a modest management fee to the Chapter. The Foundation's affiliation with the Washington Chapter/AIA affords it a pool of volunteer architects and other professionals who make its programming possible. In addition, public members of the Foundation frequently volunteer their skills and experience as needed.

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