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In partnership with @diversityindesign, @comma.psugd, and AFO, Formation is a paid mentorship program for college level Black, Indigenous, and students of color studying design degrees in Portland. The program will match up local college juniors and seniors of color with established design professionals of color and give all participants a stipend for their time. Our goal is to help college students build relationships and their professional network so they can thrive in the design industry once they’ve graduated.

Your firm sponsorship or personal donation is an investment in Portland's design community, and a push for a more diverse future workforce. We welcome you to join our efforts and help us raise $20K for the 2024-25 school year program!

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#formation #mentorship #bipocmentorship #futuredesigners
Join us for REFRESH at the not-yet-open University of Oregon Northeast Campus in the Concordia neighborhood!

REFRESH is an annual mixer and jovial networking opportunity for design and building professionals, especially emerging individuals working to advance their career prospects, to enhance connections across the industry. 

Enjoy a sneak peek and behind-the-scenes tour of the campus building renovations. The transformation is truly a slice of PNW design talent, with multiple firms involved in breathing new life into the university. Enjoy refreshments and networking with peers on the library and learning center patio and take optional tours through the reimagined buildings. This will surely be a REFRESH to remember!

Tuesday, June 25
UO Northeast Campus, Portland

Thank you to our sponsors!
@pearlwestpdx @leverarchitecture @tvaarchitects @kpff_pdx

#afoevents #aforefresh #pdxdesignevents #pdxarchitecture #uoportland
Join us for our final workshop in a three-part series facilitated by Dr. Renee Mitchell, to learn trauma-informed approaches for working with youth and people of all backgrounds. You will receive recordings of the first two workshops upon registration and do not need to have attended the first two workshops to participate.

AFO believes that all adults working with youth have a responsibility to not create harm, to give youth space to express their true selves, to look to them as experts, and to center them in our teaching and learning. AFO understands that these are skills that require ongoing learning and will help us be more empathetic and effective teachers, mentors and leaders.

Tuesday, June 11
$20 for non-AFO volunteers

Free for current AFO volunteers, board members, and 2023-2024 Architects in Schools participants.

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#afoevents #traumaworkshop #youtheducation #educate #alwaysastudent
This month we’re shining a spotlight on @picapdx and their recent Policing Justice Exhibition.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) organized Policing Justice alongside Nina Amstutz, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon, and Cleo Davis, local social construct artist, designer, educator, historian, and community leader. The exhibition examined policing practices in Portland and their relationship to longer local and national histories of oppression through the lens of artists who call Portland their home and those who have witnessed and documented police brutality across the globe.

The extended George Floyd protests in 2020, which lasted longer in Portland than in any other city in America and were met with over 6000+ documented instances of police use of force, serve as a point of departure to explore Portland’s history of policing in relation to racial, environmental, spatial, and juvenile justice. 

AFO’s 2023 Van Evera Bailey Fellows, Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton Davis, played vital roles in curating the exhibit alongside several artists and activist groups. The exhibition included a symposium, film series, workshops, and panel discussions, centered on locally impacted communities. Read more about the exhibit and stay updated on PICA’s programming by visiting their website: pica.org

Image credit: Forensic Architecture

#communityspotlight #pica #policingjustice
With great excitement, AFO is proud to announce Oregon’s Next and our call for nominations!

Oregon’s Next recognizes the achievements and community contributions that emerging professionals in the AEC industry are making. Today’s leadership knows that future opportunities and challenges can be met with the energy of our bright and dedicated rising stars in our field. By awarding Oregon’s Next at Honored Citizen, we can both recognize the lifelong achievements of our honorees while showcasing our support for promising generations to come.

We welcome YOU to nominate individuals for Oregon’s Next. As we collectively work towards welcoming more voices into the architecture, engineering, and construction fields, who stands out as embodying this welcoming, inclusive mindset?

Learn more through the link in our bio.
Submit your nominations By June 30.

#aforegonsnext #emergingprofessionals #emergingleaders #afohonoredcitizen
Our virtual Architects in Schools Summer Camp is coming up on June 24-28, and we need your help to ensure all of our camp participants have access to design supplies! Every year we send free supply boxes to families that do not have access. We already have over 100 students signed up for our free camp, and we expect this number to continue increasing leading up to our registration deadline on June 14!

Consider sponsoring/donating or volunteering, today. Link in bio.

There’s still time to register for the camp!
Supply Request Deadline: June 7
Camp Registration Deadline: June 14

#architectsinschools #aiscamp #freesummercamp #architecturecamp #virtualcamp
Join us at our first Dine & Design of the season! Enjoy a casual (and tasty!) dinner and bonfire in Skylab’s outdoor courtyard and patio, and check out the firm’s extraordinary new space.

Originally a circa-1947 Quonset hut in the city’s Northwest industrial district, the complex consists of two semi-cylindrical, prefabricated steel warehouse buildings, notable for their arching roof forms and connected via an enclosed walkway. Skylab has reworked the layout and updated the buildings through a strategic set of insertions and modifications.

The venue features a wide range of meeting and work spaces including a full kitchen, fabrication shop, interiors library, and outdoor gathering spots. The interiors feature an industrial aesthetic with natural elements introduced through cross-laminated timber, wood cabinetry, and four 15-foot-tall trees in the vaulted work area, complete with Mylar-festooned walls and ceiling.

Our summer Dine & Design event series is a fundraiser benefitting AFO programming, including Architects in Schools and AFO scholarships.

Thursday, June 13
Skylab, Portland

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#dineanddesign #pdxdesignevents #pdxarchitecture #skylabarchitecture
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