Our most generous friends have come together to form the Founder’s Circle, in honor of the Design Trust for Public Space’s founder Andrea Woodner, and in support of her vision of a vibrant public realm and a better city. Members’ contributions help the Design Trust build a capital fund to seed new projects, capturing momentum and enthusiasm for critical issues. As our invaluable partner, the Founder’s Circle provides a foundation of financial support for the Design Trust’s lasting work on the future of public space in New York City.

By joining the Founder's Circle, you will become part of a dedicated philanthropic community. Benefits include an invitation to an intimate, annual dinner with influential figures in design, architecture, and civic leadership, prominent recognition on our materials, and advance copies of Design Trust publications

Talk to Alisa about joining and membership benefits.

The Design Trust is the creation of a huge constituency. Twenty years worth of people have been working on Design Trust projects…All these contributing voices have changed the discourse from a time when public space was up to the bureaucrats and high design was all about object-making. That has undeniably changed and for the good.

Andrea Woodner, Design Trust for Public Space Founder & Founder’s Circle Chair

2024 Founder's Circle Members

Chair and Founder

Andrea Woodner

Andrea Woodner established the Design Trust in 1995 and was its Founding Director until 2000. She co-directed the organization with Claire Weisz from 2000 to 2003. She served as the board’s President from 1995 to 2015.

After twenty years of visionary leadership, in January 2016, Andrea Woodner stepped down from the Board to concentrate on the Design Trust Founder’s Circle, a major donor group deeply committed to supporting the future of NYC. Her dedicated efforts have helped transform both Design Trust into a nationally-recognized incubator for urban innovation, as well as the City itself.

Woodner is also Board President of Elizabeth Streb Ringside, a dance company, and Vice President of ETHEL, a contemporary string quartet. She serves on the visiting committees of the Architecture and Design Department of the Museum of Modern Art and the Prints and Drawings Department of the Morgan Library and Museum.

She received numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter’s Award, Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame, and was named one of New York Magazine’s “Design Revolutionaries”. She attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. She received her Bachelors Degree from Bennington College.

Agnes Gund

Kitty Hawks

Alexandra and Paul Herzan

Claire Weisz FAIA