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FAR GS Women in STEAM Outreach

Volunteer Melissa Rodriguez, Assoc AIA, helps Girl Scouts build structures out of building blocks at the Girl Scouts: Women in STEAM event on November 14, 2015.

Much of what the Baltimore Architecture Foundation does depends on contributions from individual donors. How can your donation make a difference?

By supporting the next generation of architects. Our Future Architects Resources (FAR)/Kids in Design programs engage K-12 students with the profession through school visits and career fairs. This year we launched the Adopt-A-School program, which builds long term relationships between architects and students in their community, engaging students in design related activities and introducing them to career paths in architecture and design. The 2015 BAF/AIABaltimore Fellows Leadership and FAR Scholarship awards recognized and provided support for leadership and design excellence at the college level.

By supporting the promotion of the value of architecture. This year’s Doors Open Baltimore drew hundreds of people in a citywide celebration of architecture. 52 buildings across the city opened their doors to visitors to explore. With so much to see, do, and learn for free, Doors Open Baltimore is shaping up to become one of the most exciting annual events in the city.

Tied to Doors Open Baltimore, the annual Robert E. Lewis Lecture continued its mission to bring world class designers to speak in Baltimore with Daniel D’Oca, urban planner and Harvard GSD professor.

By supporting the telling of our architectural history. The BAF’s Dead Architects society and its publications have revealed the works and lives of the region’s great architects, from George Frederick to Poldi Hirsch. This year, the Women in Architecture committee completed its Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit, unveiling the lives of the first women to practice and contribute to architecture in Maryland. The traveling exhibit has stopped at locations across Maryland and is currently displayed here in Baltimore at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch. In addition to elevating public awareness of architecture, the exhibit serves as inspiration to new generations who have been historically underrepresented to learn about career opportunities in architecture and related disciplines.

By supporting programs that give back through design. Now in its seventh year, CANstruction participants donated 3,425 cans of food to the Maryland Food Bank, which were used during the event to construct sculptures in the White Marsh Mall. The BAF also participated in its third annual Park(ing) Day. Local design firms, organizations, and schools constructed parklets in Mount Vernon, inviting visitors to rethink the way streets are used and promoting discussion around the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.

Consider giving this year to the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. The BAF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your support helps us to continue these wonderful programs and continue in our mission to promote the value of architecture.