Lynn J. Osmond, Hon AIA, CAE
President & CEO of Chicago Architecture Foundation
Lynn Osmond assumed the position of President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) in November of 1996. Believing that a public educated and engaged in architecture and design helps all of us make better decisions about the places in which we live, Ms. Osmond has overseen the development of CAF into a premier Chicago cultural institution. In accord with Ms. Osmond’s vision, CAF has developed a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education programs.
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.
In 2005, Ms. 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. During Ms. Osmond’s tenure, CAF has received numerous awards including the Chicago Community Trust’s James Brown Community Service Award for the Most Outstanding Chicago Community Organization in 1998.
Ms. Osmond’s initiative to bring the built environment into grade school and high school classrooms has been an extraordinary success. In 2009 The Architecture Handbook was awarded the Honor Award for Collaborative Achievement from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Schoolyards to Skylines has received numerous awards including the 2003 Richard Driehaus Award; the 2004 National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust; and the 2005 AIA Institute Honor Award for Collaborative Achievement.
In addition to serving CAF as a docent herself, Ms. Osmond also 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 the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, the Central Area Committee, the Chicago Loop Alliance, and the Richardson Architecture Center in Buffalo, New York. She is a former board member of the University Club of Chicago and the Glessner House Museum and an active member of the The Chicago Network and the Chicago Economic Club.