The California Architectural Foundation (CAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Laird-Blanton, AIA, as its first Executive Director. A member of The American Institute of Architects, Anne brings to this position her skill, education, and training as a licensed architect coupled with over 15 years of volunteer experience at all levels of the AIA.
“With the creation of this dedicated staff position, CAF is poised to be successful in its efforts to advance sustainable communities through research and education,” says CAF President Tom Anglewicz, FAIA. “The appointment of Anne as the Executive Director will enable CAF to expand its initiatives and programs while positioning the organization to become an active participant in issues facing our profession.”
As a licensed architect in California and New York, Anne also holds a B.A. in Human Services and has a strong interest in community and social issues. She brings passion and drive to this position as is evidenced by her impressive commitment as a volunteer. “Anne’s connections within the profession and her history of service to the AIA will serve CAF extremely well,” remarks Anglewicz.
The AIA California Council (AIACC) has supported CAF’s investment in this staff position, citing opportunities for synergies that will positively impact both organizations. From enhanced connections to the academies to increased research, the AIACC and CAF have identified ways each can contribute to addressing issues facing the profession. “I look forward to working with the AIA California Council and members of the architectural profession to have a significant impact on environmental issues in California,” states Anne. “I am excited and ready to lead CAF in this new chapter. As a state, California is facing so many challenges, and CAF provides great opportunity for the profession to get engaged and design the fragile interface between the natural and built environments.” Anne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1303 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Founded in 1979, the California Architectural Foundation promotes excellence in architecture though student scholarships, grants and environmental education programs, bridging the gap between the academic and professional worlds. Committed to making stronger and more effective connections between students and schools, planners and professionals, the Foundation cultivates the resources and creativity necessary to forge these links.