Our Mission

The Wright-Ingraham Institute explores integrated interfaces between natural and cultural systems that foster critical inquiry and insights into those systems. We are committed to fostering opportunities for the study and articulation of these interfaces by bringing multiple disciplinary points of view together. These take the form of immersive site-based learning exchanges and educational experiences, peer-to-peer research programs, extensive grant giving commitments, and producing conferences, symposia and publications. To advance our mission we collaborate with a diverse range of universities, colleges, First Nations peoples, land use and social protection initiatives, and conservation organizations.

Our Story

The Wright-Ingraham Institute is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) education and research institution established in Colorado in 1970 by its Founding Director, the late Elizabeth Wright Ingraham. Elizabeth was a prolific author, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a champion of women’s issues, and a highly regarded innovator who served on numerous boards and committees throughout her illustrious career. She is credited with the design of approximately 150 buildings throughout the Southwestern United States and was posthumously inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth Wright Ingraham at Running Creek Field Station, circa 1973.

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Frank Lloyd Wright, and strongly influenced by the teachings of George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth was passionate about architecture, community, conservation, and creating synergistic relationships between natural and built systems. She created WII to promote, direct, encourage, and develop opportunities contributing to the conservation, preservation, and responsible use of human and natural resources. Under her direction, the Institute opened the Richard T. Parker Advanced Center for Research in 1973 at its Running Creek Field Station site. The field research and educational workshops, developed to study the ecosystems of the Front Range of Colorado, remain cornerstone to WII’s programming mission.

Our Team


Catherine Ingraham, President

Anna Grady

Brendan Doyle

Frank Miller

Key Staff

Lea Rekow, Executive Director

Megan Ahearn, Operations Manager & Communications Coordinator

Program Directors

Kevin Bone, Field Stations

Anna Grady, Grants

Catherine Ingraham, StudyTank

What We Do

Programs & Research


The Wright-Ingraham Institute’s Organizational Statements represent the core beliefs of our Institute. They inspire and guide our choices in the way we operate and deal with people. They help determine how we approach our decision-making processes and how we implement our programming.