About CFAD

What We Do

The Center for Architecture and Design is a non-profit organization that promotes the value of architecture and design to the public through programming and outreach, thereby enriching our community and design professions by building diversity and connections.

What Are We About

Our Mission

CFAD exists to make architecture and design accessible to all.

Our Vision

We imagine a future Columbus that values architecture and design, genuinely representing the breadth and diversity of our community.

The People Who Make it Happen

Executive Community

Brent Foley

AIA, NCARB

Chair

Principal,
TRIAD Architects

Angela Short

PLA, ASLA

Vice Chair

Landscape Architect,
GPD Group

Mike Vala

AIA, NCARB

Treasurer

Associate,
BSHM Architects

Paul Nini

AIGA, CSCA

Secretary

Professor,
The Ohio State University Department of Design

Sarah Mills Bacha

Managing Director

Columbus CFAD,
SMB Communications Ltd.

Elizabeth Krile

CAE

Executive Director

AIA Columbus

Trustees

Tameka Baba

Assistant Professor
of Practice Landscape Architecture,
Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Aleks Daskalov

AIA Columbus Liaison

Vice President,
FMS Architects

Jacleine Ely

Associate AIA

Project Associate,
Trinity: NAC

Jason Kentner

RLA

Design Principal,
Implement

Chelsea King

IIDA

Vice President of Marketing and Design,
King Business Interiors

Elizabeth Leidy

AIA

Principal,
Elizabeth Leidy Architects

Christian Long

Chief Growth Officer – THINK Learning Studio,
THINK Global School

Halle Malcomb

Digital Marketing Manager,
iTutor.com

Brian McAlexander

AIA, LEED AP

Project Architect,
Sullivan Bruck Architects

Santiago Rodríguez

Assoc. AIA, NOMA

Associate Architect,
AECOM

Michael Schwartz

Associate AIA

Architectural designer,
Meyers + Associates

Join Us

We Can’t Do it Alone

We invite all design professionals, individuals and organizations within our thriving creative culture and beyond, who embrace the importance of the built environment and design, to partner with us. Whatever your interests, we’ll find a place for you to become an active stakeholder in promoting remarkable design in our community.

How We Started

CFAD was founded in 2010 by AIA Columbus to follow the lead of cities such as New York City and Philadelphia in establishing centers to bring together architecture and design professions and communities. Through creative programming and outreach, CFAD unites architecture and design professionals with those in the larger community interested in the built environment and design. Moving forward, CFAD is committing to engaging even more members of our community in diverse ways and making programming accessible for all.