Wisconsin Architects Foundation Annual Report
Thanks to your support, the Wisconsin Architects Foundation continues to enhance public awareness of architecture and strengthen the profession through education and knowledge sharing.
The WAF is committed to building a better Wisconsin and advancing the profession of architecture by awarding scholarships to Wisconsin architecture students and grants for educational programs and research initiatives.
At the recent UWM scholarship celebration, the WAF was recognized for its consistent support of scholarships in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning. This fiscal year, the WAF awarded over $40,000 in scholarships and grants. The WAF provided scholarships for students attending the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning and for Wisconsin students pursuing accredited degrees at architecture schools in other states. Additionally, WAF grants support architecture student chapter activities at universities and technical colleges across the state. The WAF also awarded scholarships to seven outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing graduate degrees in architecture at Columbia University, Parsons, North Dakota State University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University, University of Kansas, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Two research grants were awarded this year. One supported BOSS, the second phase of an initiative to increase awareness of architectural careers among minority and low-income high school students. The other supported a photographic study of historic houses in Sauk County. The beautiful images can be viewed at www.WisconsinArchitect.org; we look forward to seeing them on display at the Sauk County Historical Society later in 2021.
For the current 2020-21 fiscal year, the WAF Board has approved a scholarship and grant budget of $43,400. This includes support for the WAF Research Grant initiative that invites architectural inquiry into issues influencing the environment in which we live, work, play and learn and new opportunities to train future leaders. As President, I ‘m always impressed and encouraged by the talent and passion demonstrated by WAF scholarship and grant recipients.
In 2020, the WAF introduced a new fund, The William M. Babcock, Hon. AIA, Leadership Fund. Fostering leadership through the support of educational opportunities for leaders in the architectural community. This fund recognizes Bill's legacy of leadership development through mentorship of Wisconsin architects and staff. The fund will provide financial assistance for AIA Wisconsin members and staff pursuing leadership training.
The success of WAF initiatives depends on the financial support received from you and other Wisconsin design and construction industry leaders, and your continued support for the WAF is a vital investment in the future of the profession. On behalf of the WAF Board of Directors, I personally thank you for your strong and consistent support of our efforts to build a better Wisconsin through architectural education and research.