IDC Foundation Awards $650,000 to Five Institutions to Support Higher Education in Architectural Design, Engineering, and Building Construction in Greater New York City

 

Grantmaking by the Foundation in the Last 15 Months Totals Nearly $8 Million

 

New York, NY – July 18, 2019 – The IDC Foundation announced today that it has awarded $650,000 in grants to support higher education in architectural design, engineering, and building construction at five institutions in Greater New York City. The five institutions are as follows:

 

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation;

  • New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design;

  • New York University Tandon School of Engineering;

  • Pratt Institute;

  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

 

Each of the institutions received in June $130,000 to support scholarships, fellowships, and student experiences including travel for undergraduate and professional students preparing for careers in fields relating to architectural design, engineering, and building construction. Of that amount, $100,000 will support scholarships and/or research fellowships; $30,000 will enrich student experiences including travel to explore design and construction practices abroad.

 

These grants bring the Foundation’s total grantmaking to $7.98 million since March 2018, when its grantmaking began. All of that funding has supported institutions of higher education in these fields in Greater New York City.

 

The Foundation is a legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction, the former Brooklyn-based, nonprofit, technical college that educated more than 30,000 students between its founding in 1947 and its voluntary closing in 2015. The Foundation focuses particularly on funding transformational programmatic initiatives that promote innovative approaches to education in those industries and enhance the learning experience of students.

 

“The IDC Foundation is excited to increase its grantmaking to advance the training of students in Greater New York City in architectural design, engineering, and building construction,” said Raymond R. Savino, President of the IDC Foundation. “In doing so, the Foundation extends the legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction by advancing opportunity in Greater New York City to new generations seeking to study, join, and lead those industries.”

 

Additional information is available at www.idcfoundation.org. For more information, contact Henry Miller – hmiller@highimpactpartnering.com – 917-921-8034.

 

About the IDC Foundation

 

The IDC Foundation is a legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction, the former Brooklyn-based, nonprofit, technical college that educated more than 30,000 students between its founding in 1947 and its voluntary closing in 2015. The Foundation focuses particularly on funding transformational programmatic initiatives that promote innovative approaches to education and enhance the learning experiences of students in fields relating to architectural design, engineering, and building construction. It does so by providing grants to institutions of higher education in Greater New York City.

 

The Institute of Design and Construction was founded and led by architect and New York State Assembly Member Vito P. Battista (1909-1990). He arrived with his parents in New York from Italy at age three and, after becoming an architect, believed passionately in providing others with the opportunity that he had – to create a better life through a career in architecture and related construction. While still in his 30s, he founded the Institute of Design and Construction. When the Institute closed 68 years later, the sale of its property in downtown Brooklyn made possible a grant to endow the IDC Foundation, which continues the Institute’s mission to provide training and improve practices in those fields.

 

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