Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF)

The Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF) was established in 1952, to make possible the dream of an architectural education to deserving students and to enhance the quality of the academic experience at Texas universities.

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Since its inception, TAF has awarded hundreds of scholarships to assist students pursuing careers in architecture and helped fund architectural programs in Texas schools of architecture. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students according to the criteria established by each scholarship donor and in accordance with the policies adopted by the TAF Board of Directors.

TAF's success and strength has come from the generosity and goodwill of architects, architecture firms, and Texas Architects components, as well as other associations, organizations, and individuals dedicated to academic excellence. With this success, the Board of Directors has created the "TAF Tomorrow" initiative whereby the Directors are exploring ways to significantly grow Foundation funds that would entail a broadening of the Foundation's mission beyond exclusively funding architectural scholarships. While TAF remains committed to the original purpose of endowed gifts, by following the wishes of donors and their instructions for those endowments, the Foundation seeks to broaden the concept of architectural education beyond academia. Accordingly, the Board has set the following goals for the Foundation:

  1. To broaden and enhance architectural education.
  2. To promote responsible stewardship of the urban and rural Texas environments.
  3. To support community initiatives for good planning and design.
  4. To foster understanding of architecture's power to enhance our state and our lives.

The directors suggest and encourage the following methods for the expansion of the foundation's assets:

  1. By memorial gifts to TAF from architects and interested individuals, groups, or corporations in memory of deceased friends, or in commemoration of outstanding events or persons.
  2. By bequest in the wills of architects and other interested persons.
  3. By regular contributions from architects, AIA chapters, and other interested persons and organizations.
  4. By endowments or special designated grants by architectural firms, businesses, industry, and interested foundations.

Gifts and grants to TAF have been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as non-taxable donations when calculating personal or corporate income tax. The Internal Revenue Service also has ruled that non-profit foundations may properly make gifts to TAF.

Eligibility

TAF scholarships are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students in the accredited departments or schools of architecture in Texas according to the criteria established by each donor and in accordance with the policies adopted by the Board of Directors of TAF. All applications for TAF scholarships are made through the office of the dean.

TAF Board of Directors

Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA

President
Weigand Art & Architecture
3733 Normandy Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: (214)526-4849

Chris A. Hudson, AIA

Vice President
Morris Architects, Inc.
1001 Fannin St Ste 300
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713)622-1180
Fax: (713)622-7021

David R. Messersmith, FAIA

Secretary
University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture
6826 Kingshollow Drive
Dallas, TX 75248
Phone: (214)436-0077

Tommy N. Cowan, FAIA

Treasurer
5407 Bull Run Cir
Austin, TX 78727
Phone: (512)762-5317
Fax: (512)476-8233

Debra J. Dockery, AIA

Director
Debra J. Dockery Architect PC
118 Broadway St Ste 516
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210)225-6130
Fax: (210)225-7588

Donald F. Gatzke, AIA

Director
University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture
Box 19108
601 Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817)272-1498
Fax: (817)272-2733

Kurt T. Hull, AIA

Director
Ziegler Cooper Architects
700 Louisiana St Ste 350
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713)374-0007
Fax: (713)374-0107

Richard H. Bundy, FAIA

Director
Bundy, Young, Sims & Potter, Inc.
1005 9Th St Ste 200
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: (940)761-2404
Fax: (940)761-2119

Ruppert S. Rangel, AIA

Director
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
340 Beech St.
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325)673-8178
Fax: (325)673-8196

Frederick Steiner, Assoc. AIA

Director
University of Texas-Austin, School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Dr Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: (512)471-1922
Fax: (512)471-0716

Craig S. Reynolds, FAIA

Director
Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc.
3535 Travis St Ste 250
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (214)528-8704
Fax: (214)528-8707

Val M Glitsch, FAIA

Texas Architects President
Brave/Architecture
4617 Montrose Blvd Ste C-230
Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713)725-6912

Michael James Malone, AIA

Texas Architects President-Elect
Michael Malone Architects
3625 Binkley
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: (214)695-5393
Fax: (214)217-4151

James T. Perry

Executive Vice President
Texas Society of Architects/AIA
500 Chicon St
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512)478-7386
Fax: (512)478-0528

TAF Staff