Media invited to preview Whitney Young Exhibit at The Octagon

WHAT: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its philanthropic partner, the Architects Foundation, invite members of the media to preview a jointly curated exhibit at The Octagon featuring the late civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr.

Few individuals have had as long and lasting an impact on the Institute as Young, who was the esteemed executive director of the National Urban League during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1968, Young challenged the profession of architecture to do more to address civil and social issues in a memorable keynote speech at the AIA Convention in Portland, Oregon.

Following that speech, the AIA began bestowing the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award on architects and organizations that embody social responsibility and actively address relevant community issues, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness or universal access. Additionally, the Institute created a college scholarship program to provide financial support for underrepresented minority students studying architecture.

During the reception, AIA will look back at Young as well as at the award recipients—many of whom will be in attendance—to highlight their contributions to the community and profession. In addition, the Architects Foundation Vice President James Walbridge, AIA, will announce the recipients of the Diversity Advancement Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. This year’s scholarship awards in total will more than double following a $1 million gift from AIA.

At the reception, architect Tamara Eagle Bull, FAIA, who will be honored with the 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award at the AIA Conference on Architecture in June, will be available to speak to the media. Media will also have the opportunity to photograph the exhibit.

WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. (Note: The exhibit will be open to the public from April 26-Nov. 24.)

WHERE: AIA National Headquarters and The Octagon, 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

WHO: Members of the media interested in attending the reception on April 25 or in covering the exhibit should email Matt Tinder for more information.

About the Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. For more information, please visit

About The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state, and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business. In addition, the Institute engages civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world.


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