With a generous donation from the Bixler Family Foundation, the Bixler International Initiatives (BII) was founded in 2018 to support educational exchanges between the College of Architecture and Planning and Finland, Japan and Spain. The Bixler International Initiatives build on the groundbreaking programs established by Finnish Initiatives (2013 – 2017), including student scholarships, faculty exchanges, visiting lecturers, visiting scholars, architectural exhibitions, and summer study abroad support.
Today’s professional designers practice in an expanding global market place. An appreciation of historical and cultural differences provides students with critical perspectives for professional success internationally. There is no substitute for experiencing in person the built environment in other cultures to appreciate global diversity. We are committed to providing students and faculty members with strategic and unique educational exchange opportunities involving CAP and architecture schools in Finland, Japan, and Spain.
The Dr. C. W. Bixler Family Foundation was founded in honor of Clarence Ward Bixler, who settled in Colorado in 1903 and earned his medical degree from CU. Dr. Bixler went on to become an influential physician and farmer whose legacy lives on through the many educational and community initiatives the foundation supports. The Foundation’s Managing Trustee is Donald Lee Johnson, one of our most esteemed and visionary supporters and a third-generation alumnus of the University of Colorado. After receiving his BFA in Interior Architecture in 1962, Donald worked in Los Angeles with several design and planning firms working for major corporations around the world. In 1972, he founded Aegina Associates, an interior architecture, planning, and architecture firm, with clients including Getty Oil, Columbia Pictures, the State of California, and major real estate development firms.