New home for ABC

The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cincinnati are pleased to announce that as of May 2014, the educational program Architecture by Children (ABC) will be managed by AFC.

ABC is a classroom-based design education program that teams teachers with professional architects and designers to offer students K-12 an introduction to architecture and related disciplines.

AFC is a non-profit organization that promotes engagement with the built environment through a variety of education programs and events.

AIA Cincinnati is the local component of the American Institute of Architects, a professional organization focused on advocating for the profession and elevating public awareness of architecture.

ABC has been choreographed and managed by dedicated AIA volunteers for the past 18 years. Over the last few years AFC has become increasingly involved as a collaborator and partner in the program and has been the primary financial sponsor of ABC for some time.

ABC started in two classrooms in 1996. This year, ABC reached 53 classrooms in 35 schools. Over the past ten years ABC has engaged an average of 1300 children a year in various architectural projects.

As the program has grown, so have the challenges of managing it. Recognizing that change was necessary, AIA and AFC broadened the scope of their collaborative efforts. AFC has dedicated the resources to hire an education director to manage the program and work with the volunteer architects and volunteer committee. In addition, AFC’s status as a 501(c)3 non-profit entity allows them to seek regional and national grants that ABC was previously ineligible for – further opening the doors for the future of the program.

AIA Cincinnati will continue its support of ABC through its dedicated classroom volunteers while AFC brings leadership, financial resources and expertise to this endeavor. Together AFC and AIA look forward to making ABC an even stronger and more successful educational program in the future.