The IDC Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.3 million to five institutions of higher education in the New York City area.
Established as a legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction — a Brooklyn-based nonprofit technical college that closed in 2015 — the foundation funds programmatic initiatives that promote innovative approaches to education in architectural design, engineering, and building construction. Inaugural recipients include the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, which will use the funds to create the IDC Foundation Art, Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Lab as a catalyst for closer integration across disciplines at Cooper Union; the New York Institute of Technology, which will use its grant to explore ways to combine design thinking with digital technologies to address global health concerns; the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, which will use the funds to establish and endow an IDC Design and Construction Chair in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering; and the Pratt Institute, which will use the grant to launch a New Technologies and Fabrication Research Initiative that provides experience-based learning and research and entrepreneurial skills-building to undergraduate architecture students.
In addition, the foundation awarded a grant to Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, while each of the other four institutions were awarded grants of between $110,000 and $130,000 in support of scholarships, fellowships, and student travel.
"The IDC Foundation is a new philanthropic vehicle for education in architectural design, engineering, and building construction," said IDC Foundation president Raymond R. Savino. "The foundation honors the vision of [IDC founder] Vito Battista and the Institute of Design and Construction and extends their legacy of advancing opportunity in Greater New York City to new generations seeking to study, join, and lead those industries."