Association of Women in Architecture Foundation receives transformative legacy from Los Angeles architect Sarah Hays

(The Magazine Plus Editorial): – Los Angeles, California, December 8, 2021 ( – Foundation of the Association for Women in Architecture (AWAF) is pleased to announce the largest financial donation in the history of the association. On the eve of its 25th anniversary, AWAF was honored with a transformative donation from the estate of architect Sarah Hays. The bequest will strengthen the endowment of the foundation, strengthening in perpetuity AWAF’s mission to foster educational and professional leadership opportunities for women in architecture and related fields and to continue to develop and improve their programs for women. emerging and established women designers.

“We are inspired and truly grateful for this amazing gift. In October 2020, we lost a valuable member of our community. Sarah Hays was a passionate leader, community advocate and talented designer working on projects and programs that benefited all Angelenos, ”said AWAF President Lise Bornstein. “His generous donation will allow us to expand our scholarship and scholarship programs by offering much larger and more rewards.”

AWAF Vice President and incoming Board Chair Christina Monti added, “Sarah’s generosity lays the foundation for crucial growth within the AWAF organization. As we celebrate the centenary of the Association for Women in Architecture and Design (AWA + D) and the 25th anniversary of AWAF in 2022, we are excited to build on 100 years of advocacy and reach out to new generations. of women in design. Sarah’s donation has a profound impact on AWAF’s ability to do so.

Hays’ sizable bequest will allow AWAF to more than double the organization’s scholarship programs. AWAF will also establish a new $ 10,000 scholarship in the name of Sarah Hays which will be awarded to a unique woman with great potential for groundbreaking work in the profession.

In addition to expanding scholarship and scholarship programs, AWAF is also exploring partnerships with organizations that complement and strengthen the organization’s mission to reach even more diverse and diverse groups.

Hays (1954 – 2020) was a Los Angeles architect and a powerful but humble advocate of design. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history at Stanford and graduating in interior design in her late twenties at the Instituto Europeo di Design while living in Rome for ten years, she returned to Los Angeles where she obtained her bachelor’s degree. ‘architect. As her professional career in small architectural firms in Los Angeles progressed, she became increasingly involved as a volunteer with professional, environmental and political organizations. In addition to being a member of AWA + D and having organized fundraising events for AWAF, Sarah was instrumental in the creation of the Westwood Greenway of the Expo Line and was recognized by LA City Council for its leadership and dedication in creating the linear walk. Her legacy is a lasting memorial to her commitment to an improved environment in Los Angeles and her desire to empower and encourage women in her profession. The Hays donation supports women in architecture in an exceptional and unprecedented way.

AWAF offers scholarships and fellowships to young professionals and mid-career women in industry. Scholarships are awarded to female students in architecture, landscape architecture, town planning and / or land use planning, interior design or environmental design leading to a university degree. Scholarships are awarded to professional women in architecture and allied arts. Applications open in January 2022 and end in March / April 2022. Recipients of scholarship, fellowship and new partnership programs will be announced at the annual symposium.

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