Kansas City Architectural Foundation

kcaf3-189x339.jpgCelebrating more than 35 years, the Kansas City Architectural Foundation (KCAF) educates individuals and communities about the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work, and play. Through our outreach programs, grants, scholarships and educational resources, KCAF inspires people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the built environment.

Since being founded in 1984, KCAF has awarded more than 170 architectural scholarships amounting to over $400,000 granted to students from the metropolitan area.

KCAF is able to continue providing scholarships and educational opportunities through endowments and donations from community architectural enthusiasts. KCAF is a charitable corporation (501 (c ) 3).


Kansas City Architectural Foundation awards more than $40,000 a year in scholarships to metro-area students pursuing a degree in architecture. Applications are due each spring and awarded at an annual ceremony in August. Scholarship application is posted on this page each year. These scholarships are funded through contributions to KCAF from generous companies, individuals, and organizations.

2022 KCAF scholarship winners.jpg2022 KCAF Scholarship Winners: We welcomed the 2022 KCAF scholarship winners to a summer reception, where they met other students, received their scholarship checks, and heard from educators at KSU, KU, and UMKC. Total scholarship amounts awarded in 2022:  $47,500 to 12 students, including two first-year students. Three of the students were repeat scholarship recipients.

2021 KCAF Scholarship Winners: We welcomed the 2021 KCAF scholarship winners to a summer reception, where they met other students and received their scholarship check. Total scholarship amounts awarded in 2021:  $42,000 to 11 students. Students ranged from 1st year to 5th year and represented three different architecture schools in the region.

kcaf combined.jpg2020 KCAF Scholarship Winners

IMG_0550.jpg​2019 KCAF Scholarship Winners


IMG_0543.jpg​​The Legacy Lecture Series was established to educate the citizens of Kansas City about the more recent architectural heritage of Kansas City (1960s to the present) by the very people who created it. Kansas City’s churches, schools, civic buildings, sports facilities, parks, houses, neighborhoods, airport, historic preservation, and more have indelibly influenced Kansas City’s growth and development. These buildings merit a public event to reveal the individuals and circumstances that determined why they were designed, where they are located, and how they have contributed to Kansas City’s identity.


Contribute to KCAF

Please make checks payable to:

Kansas City Architectural Foundation
1801 McGee, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108

PayPal: You can also log in to PayPal’s website and choose @kcarchfdn to send your donation.

Scholarship Recipients

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Applications

2023 Scholarship Applicatoin >

Due April 7, 2023 at 5:00pm CST

Board of Directors

2023 KCAF Board of Directors

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