President’s Message January 2020


The Michigan Architectural Foundation is on exciting ground heading into 2020! Through the hard work and passionate dedication of our Board members and volunteers, the MAF is in a better position than ever to increase program grant and scholarship awards, and to provide even more outreach and communication to the public regarding how architecture enriches life. For more than five decades, MAF has worked to raise funds to support and develop programs that enrich our knowledge and connection with architecture, and to engage with those who advocate for, enjoy, and just plain love good architecture in Michigan.

As we head into a busy 2020, I want to thank our Board for their dedication to our cause, and especially to Tom Mathison, FAIA for his leadership of MAF over the past two years. As a foundation that is driven by volunteers, we have been blessed with some of the best since our inception.

We wish also to thank and to celebrate the many donors and friends who have contributed financial support and their time and efforts for MAF and its programs. Watch for exciting events this year, designed to offer a more personal and direct thanks to those who help to fund and energize the foundation.

It is MAF’s mission to make Michigan citizens more aware and more engaged with architecture in our state, and throughout the coming year, we will be increasing our communications efforts surrounding our programs, initiatives, and activities. Our goal is to let MAF donors and advocates know what we are up to, how our mutual efforts and their support are positively impacting people and their communities, and to gather input regarding how we can better serve the public. So please watch for our messages and communications, and be sure to share them with your friends, family, and anyone who should know more about Michigan architecture and MAF-supported programs.

In the meantime, please explore our website for more information on MAF and our dedicated people, our mission and programs, and to discover more about how architecture enriches life.


Tim Casai, FAIA
2020 President
Michigan Architectural Foundation