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The Rochester Architecture Foundation has established an "Introduction to Architecture" course focusing on High School Students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds..

The Rochester Architecture Foundation (RAF) fosters awareness of architecture's impact in the Rochester Community.

As a significant stakeholder in Rochester's future, your donations to the RAF initiatives can have a unique and transformative impact.

You can support the Rochester Architecture Foundation via a one time donation or set up a monthly allocation easily through the Donate button.

Your donation to the Rochester Architecture Foundation helps support:



The RAF supports school instructional programs and community presentations..  For the 2023/2024 school year RAF is implementing its pilot program with Rochester Prep. The goal of the program is to expand career opportunities for young people from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds by providing:

  • An introduction at the secondary school level to the profession of architecture

  • A scholarship to post-secondary education and

  • An internship at a regional professional firm.

RAF was able to initiate this program with two small from current and past board members and is seeking additional support to sustain and enhance it. 

Learn more about Rochester Prep's Introduction to Architecture program here.

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Through scholarships to rising professionals, the RAF supports annual scholarships awarded by AIA Rochester.  RAF administers the funding for the Women in Architecture and the Family of Myron Stark’s Scholarships. The RAF has also established an endowment fund called the "Architects of the 21st Century Legacy Fund" whose goal is to build a sustainable endowment for the growth of the AIA Rochester Scholarship program.  RAF has funded merit-based scholarships for high school seniors and college students pursuing architecture at the university level. Over the past several years, up to $20,000 in scholarships has been awarded annually through the scholarship program.

Follow the link to AIA Rochester's scholarship page for more on the scholarship program.



The Rochester Architecture Foundation supports art initiatives that enrich the public realm. Both existing and new buildings can provide the context for a dialogue between art and architecture. The Foundation partners with property owners and other like-minded funding organizations in bringing "Art in Architecture" installations to fruition.

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 Over $150,000 has been awarded 

 in the form of 70 academic 

 scholarships since 2009. 

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