The Architecture and Design Foundation fosters access to architecture and design for all. The Foundation seeks to be a catalyst for increasing public awareness about how design impacts our lives through the public programs, exhibitions, and tours hosted at the Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX) located in downtown Dallas and beyond. AD EX’s K-12 activities inspire, encourage, and educate students while highlighting the importance of creative problem solving. Additionally, the Foundation awards over $45,000 in annual scholarships and fellowships, making college and careers accessible and supporting the next generation of architects and designers. For more information, visit DallasADEX.org.
Your support empowers us to:
- Expand K-12 programs, adding to the hundreds of students reached through our well-established Build Your City! program, Art of Architecture competition, and Designing My Future K-12 Camp Series, which connects connect architecture teachers and professionals with students ages 6 to 18 during out of school time.
- Grow our scholarship and fellowship program - not only the creation of new awards, but the enhancement of current offerings with higher grant amounts. Foundation scholarships provide critical support to the next generation of architects and bring diversity and equity to our related professions. We awarded $47,000 in 2022.
- Continue to develop dynamic exhibitions that explore and support building better communities, celebrating our architectural legacy (such as the wildly popular Evolving a Personal Style: The Architecture of Charles Dilbeck), and others investigating cutting-edge theories and developments.
- Enhance our public programming offerings, like the monthly Coffee & Conversations with civic leaders, Sketch to Success series, and AD Exchanges. Additionally, we are working to revitalize many of our most popular offerings through the Greg Brown Memorial Discover Your City Series that honors the late Program Director of the AD EX who created some of the most beloved tours, programs, lectures, and exhibitions in his 11 years at the organization. The series includes the Downtown Dallas Walking Tours, Fair Park Tram Tours, our new sketching series, panels and lectures focused on Dallas, and Appetite for Architecture.
Making an Impact
I am so honored to be a part of this program; AD EX and the Mary Kolb-Berglund Traveling Fellowship has helped me pursue my goals in ways I wouldn't have otherwise been able to. I truly believe that as an architect one must keep exploring ideas, places, and cultures. To design for a changing world, one must change with it, and I want to thank AD EX for helping make that possible.
What a wonderful and informative morning! The students and I enjoyed it a great deal. You are fortunate to have such an impressive architectural inventory in Dallas. Continued success with the AD EX program!
I wanted to thank AD EX and all the wonderful volunteers and staff who put the Architecture Camp together last week. I thought it was thoughtfully organized and well executed. Also, the delivery of the materials bag made it first class. During these times, there are not many chances where kids can have social interactions as well as a fun learning opportunities. I thought this camp hit the spit and provided great joy to our kids during the summer midterms. Thanks again for allowing us to participate. We appreciate the good work you are doing for our communities.
Even after practicing architecture for 35 years, I found out there was more history and fascinating stories about Dallas architecture than I ever imagined. I now get to describe that history and tell those stories to students, tourists and native Dallasites, and it's extremely rewarding! I love it when a tour participant says, "I never thought about how much architecture affects our daily lives!