Overview & Achievements    |    History & Biographies
Proceeds from the sale of our drawings, books, and exhibits on traditional architecture and urbanism contribute to the funding of these programs.

The Foundaton began by establishing the Gindroz Travel Study Prize at Carnegie Mellon University. The first annual award was given in 2005. In 2008, the Foundation expanded the mission to provide support for other University Study Abroad Enrichment Programs, in particular, the Study Abroad Studio for the Architecture School of Hampton University, an Historically Black College in Tidewater Virginia. Eighteen students and two faculty members traveled and studied in Siena, Parma, Pienza, and Rome, Italy that first year.  They returned to Hampton and devoted the summer semester to developing design concepts based on their Italian research. This program was repeated in 2009 with 25 students. Then in 2010, the program travelled to France to find lessons in architecture and urbanism by visiting cities in Provence and the Riviera as well as Paris.  
Foundation Achievements
•   RAY GINDROZ, a co-founder and Principal Emeritus of Urban Design Associates, pioneered the development of participatory planning processes for neighborhoods and downtowns.  He led UDA's efforts in revitalizing inner city neighborhoods, transforming public housing projects into mixed income neighborhoods, and developing plans that have successfully attracted new development into downtowns by creating attractive and humane public spaces. He also initiated the revival of Pattern Books to guide the architecture of new development. Since 1986, he and UDA have been urban design consultants to the City of Norfolk and managed the design aspects of that City's remarkable Renaissance. Current projects also include a series of urban infill and extension projects in Scotland and England.

He is a past Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism and serves on the Boards of the Seaside Institute, The Institute for Classical Architecture/Classical America, The Western European Architecture Foundation among others.

Ray taught in the Graduate School of Architecture at Yale University (1968-1988) and continues to teach specialized courses for Universities and Foundations. Recent teaching includes courses for the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in London, Hampton University in Virginia, and McGill University in Montreal.

He is the principal author of two textbooks on urban design, "The Urban Design Handbook (Norton Books 2003) and The Architectural Pattern Book (Norton Books 2005), as well as illustrated books on specific topics, such as "The Place of Dwelling" (Princes Foundation 2008) and a series Pages from a Sketchbook published by the Marilyn and Ray Gindroz Foundation.
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•   MARILYN GINDROZ, studied piano and music education at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. She holds an Master of Fine Arts degree in piano from Carnegie Mellon University. She has recently retired from a career as a pianist, musician, and teacher. Marilyn met Ray in Rome while on her way to study at the Orff Institute in Salzburg Austria. They married eleven months later and have spent their lives pursuing their passions for music, art, architecture, teaching and travel. Their daughter and son-in-law share passions for travel and rescuing animals.

Marilyn and Ray have relocated their lives and the headquarters for the foundation to Norfolk, Virginia.

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