The American Architectural Foundation

Since its creation in 1943, AAF has worked to educate people about the power of design to improve lives and transform communities. AAF is a 501(c)(3) educational organization governed by an independent Board of Regents that consists of public, corporate, philanthropic, and professional leaders. AAF neither sells a product nor advocates a particular design style. It instead creates opportunities for the free, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas around the vital issues that shape our cities and define our society. AAF assembles design teams of diverse expertise; connects them with government officials, educators, business leaders, and others whose daily decisions help determine the design of our cities; and engages them all in a collaborative design process that responds to some of the most critical challenges facing our nation. Participants gain the knowledge and resources necessary to realize creative design solutions as well as the motivation to promote a vibrant design culture when they return home.

1020, 19th. Street. NW. suite 525
Washington DC.20036

French Heritage Society

FHS, born as Friends of Vieilles Maisons Françaises, based in New York and with an office in Paris, is an American non-profit (501c-3) cultural organization with 13 chapters in the US and one in France. FHS gives financial support to projects, both private and public, for the preservation of historic monuments which constitute the national heritage of both countries.

Since its foundation in 1982, it has contibuted founding to more than 500 restoration projects. On both sides of the Atlantic, FHS supports all those who work to perpetuate the knowledge and understanding of restoration and the safeguard of our shared heritage. As a part of this effort, FHS organizes tours and exchanges of students and craftsmen.

Elizabeth Stribling, Chair, and Denis de Kergolay, President, lead the FHS, and also represent in the United States the Vieilles Maisons Francaises , the Demeure Historique and the Comité des Parcs et Jardins de France.

On December 1, 2010, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand, honored FHS with the French government’s Grand Mécène (Great Benefactor) medal.