President’s Message
December 2019


December is upon us and before we know it, the new year will be here.  Our excellent Board of Trustees and Committees have already been planning for 2020 and are energized by expanding programs, outreach, and tools in support of our Mission. 2019 has been a great year for MAF and it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect and appreciate successes even as we look forward to the year ahead.

2019 saw the creation of two new endowments and expanded giving in several other important areas. The Daverman K-12 Fund was established, dedicated to children’s education about architecture. This fund continues to grow with a match offer by its founder, Bob Daverman. The Banicki Scholarship endowment was established in John and Katherine Banicki’s name to continue their ongoing support of education for architecture students. Plans are already in motion to expand that endowment.

The Dumke Fund, led by founder Rae Dumke, launched its statewide children’s architecture education plan through a unique, curated book collection that will be placed in selected libraries across the State. The TIncknell Scholarship Fund, led by founder Les Tincknell, grew to $100,000, resulting in an annual scholarship of $3,500.

Kristen Nyht, AIA, President of AIA Michigan, is leading the campaign to get 100% of all past AIA Michigan Presidents to donate to the President’s Fund, which funds the largest single scholarship given each year. And MAF received a five-year pledge for the Evans Graham Fund for preservation that will bring the fund to $450,000, resulting in the doubling of the annual award to $20,000.

MAF has started a new campaign to help fund the restoration of the historic Biddle House on Mackinac Island. It was the initial restoration of the Biddle House sixty years ago that, in part, resulted in the creation of the Michigan Architectural Foundation, so this project has special meaning for MAF.

This is also the perfect time of the year to donate to the Michigan Architectural Foundation! MAF is dedicated to raising awareness of how architecture improves the quality of life. As we work to be an increasingly visible resource for funding, information and educational programs, we rely on the support of people like you – individual and corporate donors, sponsors, and patrons – to grow our educational, scholarship and grant programs.

If your passion intersects with ours, consider a donation by going to the DONOR section of our website here, or send your contribution to the MAF c/o Vera Moore at 1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108.

It has never been easier to know MAF and to get involved in Committees, events, and programs. Join together with us to impact the people and places of Michigan!

Happy Holidays!


Thomas Mathison, FAIA
Michigan Architectural Foundation President