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Imre Halasz Trust

The BSA Foundation (Foundation) has received its largest single donation of $187,000 from the Imre Halasz Trust. The Imre Halasz Trust was established by the late Imre Halasz to support architects, the study of architecture, urban design, and the interaction and intersection of them with the public.

The mission of the Imre Halasz Trust is well-aligned with the Foundation’s commitment to engaging the public in appreciating design excellence and helping solve our communities’ challenges through design.

Mr. Halasz was a world-renowned architect, urban planner, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Born and educated in Budapest, he studied at the College of Fine and Applied Art and the Technical University. He came to the United States in 1957, joining the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, where he taught for more than 40 years.

In 2000, Halasz, a longtime member of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, the American Institute of Architects, and the Architectural Association in London, was awarded a Golden Diploma from the Technical University of Budapest, and in 2002 was elected a Fellow of the College of the American Institute of Architects. MIT annually awards a prize in Mr. Halasz’s name for the most outstanding Master of Architecture thesis.

The Imre Halasz Trust has offered financial support for working architects to advance their professional interests through scholarly research and related projects. The MIT Museum, with support from the Imre Halasz Trust, has established a permanent collection of professional, academic and personal files, drawings, slides, and photographs archiving Mr. Halasz’s works and provides public access via the Institute’s on-line collections database.

The Foundation will continue to advance the purpose of the Imre Halasz Trust by using the funds to support community design programs. “Gifts of this magnitude can bring the Foundation’s work to a new level of civic impact by increasing our capacity to provide direct service to individuals and communities throughout Greater Boston,” said 2017 Foundation chair, Laura Wernick FAIA. “We’re grateful for the generosity and vision of the Imre Halasz Trust.”

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To learn more about how the BSA Foundation is making an impact in communities, please come to BSA Space for a one hour “tour” of BSA Foundation programs. On the tour, board members and volunteers will tell stories about how Foundation programs, and the power of design, are positively changing the lives of real people. BSA Foundation Conversation meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. Events are free, but seats are limited. Check for upcoming dates and to reserve your seat.