Lynn J. Osmond, Hon AIA, CAE
President & CEO
Lynn Osmond assumed the position of President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) in 1996. Osmond is responsible for overseeing CAF’s comprehensive program of architecture tours, exhibitions, public programs, including lectures and special events, youth and adult education programs. With Osmond’s strong leadership in organizational development, CAF has realized 300% in organizational growth, has consistently ranked among the top ten Chicago cultural institutions, and has grown its audience to more than half a million visitors.
Under Ms. Osmond’s leadership, CAF experienced an outstanding 300% growth, has been consistently ranked in the list of top ten Chicago cultural institutions, has grown its audience to more than half a million visitors, and manages a budget of $11 million. CAF’s docent program has thrived under the guidance of Ms. Osmond, becoming internationally recognized as the leading program of its kind in the world. Today, more than 470 docents volunteer their time to lead over 8000 tours annually.
CAF’s docent program has also thrived during Osmond’s tenure, becoming internationally recognized as the leading program of its kind in the world. Osmond also spearheaded the launching of the Association of Architecture Organizations and the Architecture + Design Education Network.
In 2005, Osmond was recognized as an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2002 she was awarded the Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award presented by Columbia College, and in 2009 she received the Chicago Woman Achievement Award from the Chicago Alliance for Women. In addition to serving CAF as a docent, Osmond currently serves as Founding Chair of the Association of Architecture Organizations and is a Mayoral appointment as Chair of the Toronto Sister Cities.
She serves on the boards of Choose Chicago, the Magnificent Mile Association, the Central Area Committee, the Chicago Loop Alliance, and the Richardson Architecture Center in Buffalo, New York. She is an active member of The Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, International Women’s Forum Chicago, and Urban Land Institute. Osmond holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queens University, Ontario, Canada, she is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.