Austin Foundation for Architecture - About


Our built environment reflects what we value as a community.

The Austin Foundation for Architecture emerged from a conversation in 2007 among a group of architects, designers, and residents who care deeply about the quality of life in Central Texas. The Foundation was formed on their shared belief that our built environment reflects what we value as a community—from the indoor places where we live and work to the outdoor places where we gather and play.

Today the Foundation promotes awareness of the built environment through its two-part mission to:

  • develop the general public’s education, awareness, and appreciation for architecture, and to promote responsible stewardship of the Central Texas environment; and
  • develop sustainable architectural leadership for AIA Austin, the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and other public, professional, and community organizations in Central Texas.

We pursue this mission through our grants, events, and honor awards. Over the past 10 years, we have awarded over $100,000 in grants for projects that create opportunities to learn about, engage with, and steward our built environment, and have honored nearly 20 community members and organizations for their contributions to Austin’s architecture.

In 2018, the Foundation took on an expanded role as AIA Austin’s outreach partner. In addition to funding grants for those outside the architectural profession, we will fund AIA Austin activities and promote them beyond the organization’s peer community for broader participation and benefit.

Learn more about the Austin Foundation for Architecture in the following video! This is the first of a planned series of short videos that tells the Foundation’s story. We look forward to adding other voices from across our community to build awareness of our mission, activities and events, and our partnership with AIA Austin as we work together to make the appreciation of architecture and design a standard for our city.