The AD EX, the Architecture Design Exchange, leads the conversation about why architecture matters to YOU. The AD EX seeks to advance the public's understanding of the power of architecture to enrich our city and our lives through the programs, exhibitions, and tours that we present at our home at downtown's Republic Center and beyond. Our K-12 activities inspire, encourage, and educate students about architecture while highlighting the importance of creative problem solving. Additionally, the Architecture and Design Foundation awards a variety of scholarships and fellowships to support the next generation of architects. They total more than $15,000 in any given year, and provide travel funds and tuition support to high school and college architecture students, as well as young architects just beginning their careers. For more information, visit DallasADEX.org.
Your support empowers us to:
- Expand K-12 programs! We have introduced summer day camps, adding to the hundreds of students reached through our well-established Build our City! program and Art of Architecture competition. In addition, we recently launched at-home activities, and are continuing to develop new programs like a Frank Lloyd Wright workshop, Scout architecture merit badge sessions, and much more.
- 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.
- Grow our scholarship program – not only the creation of new awards, but the enhancement of current offerings with higher grant amounts, like our recent grant to UTA CAPPA to assist students during the Covid-19 crisis, and the possibility of renewable resources over a student's educational life.
- Continue and expand our walking and tram tours program from Saturday tours highlighting the architecture of downtown, to monthly Fair Park tram tours, to regular weekly Skyline360 tours that offer participants a short introduction to the design of our city.
- In addition to our monthly Coffee & Conversations with civic leaders and Lunch Learning Sessions, we are revitalizing past popular programs, including film screenings, point/counterpoint panel discussions, and Appetite for Architecture events examining the intersection of the culinary and design worlds.
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!
The Swank Traveling Fellowship gave me the opportunity to explore a different country through an architectural lens. The experience offered a powerful reminder of the importance of place, especially in relation to sustainable practices. Engaging Costa Rican architects, who are in the midst of a sustainable revolution, made clear that progress is possible by vigorously pursuing innovative ideas and challenging the status quo.
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!