A Letter From Our President::New Beginnings

As the year ends, there are also new beginnings.

As of January 1, 2014, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will begin a new chapter in its life. Please take a moment to read this letter from our President, Thor Nelson, as he shares this exciting news. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Tracey Clark, Executive Director


November 21, 2013

Dear Friend of BAF,

Thank you for being a fan of architecture in Baltimore! Good – and bad – architecture informs every aspect of our lives. From the time you awake and leave your house in the morning to the time you come home at night, architecture is all around you.

As we prepare for the next phase in fulfilling our mission, I’ve been looking back through the archives of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

I have been reminded of all of the buildings we’ve toured – well-known or obscure, new or old–and of the architects, both living and dead, who’ve added their imprimatur to our landscape

I’ve thought about the events and parties we’ve hosted over the years – all have been fun, all have helped raise funds and awareness, even the parties held in places with no heat and no bathrooms! Postcards publicizing gallery shows, walks, talks, and invitations bring back memories of good friends gathering together and sharing their passion for Baltimore’s architecture.

I look with pride at the books the Baltimore Architecture Foundation has published over the past years. We have published both scholarly research and mass-market paperbacks, but all have had the underlying theme of educating the public about the great architecture in our area.

Our events and parties, our lectures and talks, our tours and our books all have one thing in common: you and your support of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation and the work we do. 

As the year ends, there are also new beginnings. As of January 1, 2014, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will begin a new chapter in its life. We will begin sharing office space, staff and resources with the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA. We were once a part of the AIA, and now we’re coming full circle and becoming part of them again.

However, we will remain a separate entity and will continue as the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. Combining resources will make each group stronger. We will keep our name and our Board of Directors. BAF will have access to AIA’s membership for lectures, presentations and other opportunities. The AIA will take advantage of BAF’s educational outreach efforts, publishing and research skills, and tax-deductible status. Efforts that were once duplicated will now be streamlined and centralized.

All of this will benefit you. You will see a broader range of lectures and presentations. You will have access to AIA’s library and resources. You may attend professional level seminars.  BAF members will have a front-row seat to the cutting edge architecture being planned and to innovative projects that preserve and adapt historic buildings with exciting new uses. We have many new projects in the planning stages, so stay tuned!

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation will continue its mission of educating the public about the importance of architecture to the community.  We hope you will continue to support that mission with a year-end contribution to the BAF.  Your support will help us renew our Kids in Design program, bring more community-based symposia to needy areas, and bolster our robust publications schedule. Please take a moment and click on the SUPPORT link on the upper right of this page. 

Thank you for your support!  I look forward to seeing you at some of our programs in 2014.


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Thor Nelson, President