HDR’s James Walbridge Appointed President of the Architects Foundation

James Walbridge

James Walbridge, AIA, director, civic architecture, with a focus on national and regional markets and strategies and based in HDR’s Lincoln, Nebraska architecture studio, has been appointed as president of the Architects Foundation.

The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects, offers scholarships for high school and college students and professionals seeking licensure; programs; and exhibits in architecture, art and design.

Walbridge has been active with the Architects Foundation for four years as a board member, secretary, vice president-elect and chairman for the Diversity Advancement Scholarship Program. His involvement with the AIA dates back to 1995, first on AIA San Francisco’s board of directors and then on the AIA California Council’s board of directors and advocacy committees. He was also an at-large-representative for the AIA Strategic Council from 2015-2017 and has earned national presidential appointments on committees, including the ArchiPAC National Steering Committee. A former national chair, he continues his involvement today on the Custom Residential Architects Network’s Legacy Committee.

Walbridge has presented at the local, state and national levels for AIA, including at 10 previous national conventions. He will present again this year in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I am looking forward to working with the Architects Foundation board and the AIA to build on the momentum from recent accomplishments,” Walbridge said. “This is an exciting time as our board prepares for big things ahead.”

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.