Austin Foundation for Architecture - About


Our Built Environment Reflects What We Value as a Community

The AFA conversation began in 2007 among a group of influential architects, designers, and individuals who care deeply about the quality of life in Central Texas. The Austin Foundation for Architecture was formed on the 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 AFA promotes awareness of the built environment by funding grants that improve the urban experience and standard of living in Austin. Our objective? Fund a range of initiatives that make well-designed places a part of life everyone in Austin can experience. Our active grant program focuses on Design Minded education, public-interest projects, and leadership development. We welcome applications from individuals and groups in any industry, field, or discipline with ideas that will improve the built environment. To do this, we rely on donations from individuals, companies, and business leaders like you. Your generosity makes all the difference in the array and scope of grants we are able to fund.

Each year AFA also honors one individual and organization for their support of issues related to the built environment in Central Texas. Past Honorees include Senator Kirk Watson, Alan Graham of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Liz Lambert, Councilman Chris Riley, and former Mayor Will Wynn.

In 2018, AFA took on a new role as the official outreach partner of AIA Austin.

Now the official outreach partner of AIA Austin, the role of AFA will expand. Our mission to support educational, public interest, and leadership-development endeavors remains. In addition to funding grants for groups and individuals outside the architectural profession, we will fund grants for programs, projects, and events of AIA Austin and promote these beyond our professional peer group into the community for broader reaching participation and benefit.


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