Investing in a vibrant and economically viable community in Cummins’ headquarters location of Columbus, Indiana, has long been an important objective for the company. This vision started with Cummins’ former Chairman and CEO, J. Irwin Miller, who said:
Every one of us lives and moves all his life within the limitations, sight, and influence of architecture – at home, at school, at church and at work.
The influence of architecture with which we are surrounded in our youth affects our lives, our standards, our tastes when we are grown, just as the influence of the parents and teachers with which we are surrounded in our youth affects us as adults.
Miller, who had a lifelong interest in architecture, understood that Cummins’ success in retaining the best and brightest employees was closely tied to the company’s ability to attract this talent to Columbus. The Architecture Program became a formal part of the Cummins Foundation in 1960. It began with schools, but later grew to encompass all facilities in Bartholomew County owned and operated by public tax dollars.
The program has become a major economic asset to the worldwide headquarters for Cummins. More than 50 projects have been sponsored by the Cummins Foundation and numerous other significant works of architecture in the community have been privately commissioned.
The Cummins Foundation will recommend architects and provide funds for the design portion of the architect fees for selected public projects to encourage architectural excellence in Bartholomew County.
To learn more about the Architecture Program’s history, how it operates and to see a list of all projects commissioned under the program for which architects’ fees were paid, click here
If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Architecture Program, click here and send your completed materials to:
The Cummins Foundation
500 Jackson Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Fax: (812) 377-7897