Mystery Photo Challenge
Do you know what is shown in this photo?

Photo submitted by Fred Butters, FAIA, July's winner. 

Click here to send your guess - if you are correct, you  will have the opportunity to submit next month's mystery photo challenge!

Thank you to those who guessed last month's photo! The correct answer is: the Homer Mill bridge. The Homer Mill, a local haunt near the bridge, was a 120 year old building that unfortunately burnt down in 2010.
Letter from the President

Robert P. Washer, Honorary Affiliate AIAMI, FESD
Presiden t, Michigan Architectural Foundation

Dear Construction Associates and Friends,

When I followed Gene Hopkins, FAIA, as MAF President in January this year, I knew that since I was not an Architect, there may be challenges in front of me. I am known for my ability to take on challenges, but I had the illusion that my leadership would be like herding turtles..well, was I wrong!

Our board of 24 trustees is a great group, with over half Architects and approximately 40% public trustees with backgrounds in construction management, engineering, non-profit organizing, legal, real estate development, public relations and insurance.

The Governance Model, which was initiated by Gene over a year ago, has developed a structure to allow the individual board members to gravitate to areas of interest and to participate in one or more of our three committees ....  development, programs and communication.  And you know what?  It is working and producing 5 star events like our silent auction at the AIAMI Mid Summer Conference and our  Charity Golf outing, that took place on July 18th. It is producing programs that our fellow Architects or the general public can learn and enjoy.

I will speak in detail, in future "Message" articles, of other events and programs we offer.  We are YOUR Foundation, that has a mission to make the public aware as to how Architecture enriches our lives. It is our  objective to spread this news.  Please feel free to contact me, or any of our Board members, if you have programs or events that we can consider and support.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Design Retreat 2016
Save the Date: the Annual Design Retreat 2016 is fast approaching! Join AIA Michigan at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha on September 23-25. Network and discuss with other like minded professionals about the challenges the architectural field is currently facing.  Learn about how many are addressing these design issues.  Also open to interns, students and non-AIA members.

2015 Design Retreat 

To learn more about this year's Design Retreat, please visit the AIA Michigan website.
2016 MAF Auction

This years auction, held at the 73rd Annual Mid Summer Conference, hosted by AIA Michigan & AGC Michigan, was a great success! We raised over $18,000 for the Foundation. Thank you to our many sponsors and bidders.

We couldn't have done it without you!
Children's Essential Books of Architecture
Save the Date for the Children's Essential Books of Architecture Reception coming this October 27, 2016.  More information will arrive in your inboxes soon.

To view the 100 Essential Books of Architecture, click here.
Association Of Architecture Organizations

Did you know that the Michigan Architectural Foundation is a member of the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO)? The AAO is a member-based network that connects the many organizations around the world dedicated to enhancing public dialogue about architecture and design. Founded in 2009, AAO currently serves nonprofit architectural organizations and interested individuals in 75 cities across the United States and 10 countries. Members include architecture centers, design professionals, architecture and design schools, educators, historic preservation trusts, design advocacy and urban planning organizations, and museums with architecture collections. Taken collectively, AAO Member organizations conduct public programs that reach an estimated annual audience of 4.5 million children and adult learners.

To learn more about the AAO visit their website here .

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

AIA Michigan Design Retreat
Sept. 23-25, 2016

MAF Board Meeting - Grand Rapids
Sept. 29, 2016

Children's Essential Books of Architecture Reception
Oct. 27, 2016, time: TBD

AAO Design Matters Conference - Miami, FL
Nov. 2-4, 2016 

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Welcome to Michigan Architectural Foundation's e-newsletter! This monthly publication connects architectural enthusiasts and supporters, educators, and the media with Michigan's architecture through feature stories about architectural treasures, and opportunities for you to participate in programs, lectures, events and tours.