AFO Scholarships
Scholarships for Oregon architecture students
AFO Fellowships
Meet our 2023 Fellows
Announcing a NEW AFO Scholarship! The Tsagaglalal (She Who Watches) Scholarship is a $5,000 multi-year award supporting Native American, Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian Native students pursuing a degree in Art or Architecture at Portland State University. The deadline to apply for the 2023 award is Friday, February 24.
Made possible by a generous donation from Penny Knight, the award was established in honor of Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), AFO's 2022 Honored Citizen who has helped shape our state through her work as an artist, mentor, and advocate.
The Legend of Tsagaglalal tells of a female chief who was concerned over what would happen to her people when she became an ancestor. Coyote came to her and told her the world would change and that women would no longer be chiefs. Coyote then tricked her and turned her into a rock, saying “…now you shall stay here forever to watch over your people and the river…”
Through the Tsagaglalal Scholarship Fund, Lillian assumes the personage of Tsagaglalal, watching over her people and providing opportunities for tribal youth to excel.
Learn more and apply through the link in our bio.

Left image courtesy of Dennis Maxwell
Right image courtesy of Robin Moodie
This fall, we are celebrating our 30th annual Honored Citizen Dinner. To help us select our 2023 honoree, we are calling on YOU to nominate individuals or groups who you think are most deserving of this award. What community leaders, artists, AEC professionals, and organizations have made a significant contribution to Oregon’s designed and built environment? Send us your thoughts!
See the link in our bio for more information and submission guidelines.
Thank you for your support of our Architects in Schools Supply Fund for the 2022-23 school year! Donations from Hyphn, Mackenzie and Soderstrom, combined with funding from many individual donors and support from AFO committee volunteers will allow us to provide direct funds to teachers and students participating in Architects in Schools this year. 

With your help, this fund ensures that all AiS students have equitable access to supplies. The support of any amount is greatly appreciated and makes a big impact!
Want to contribute to the AiS Supply Fund? Follow the link in our bio.
We’re hiring!! The Education Outreach Associate will take an integral role in building relationships and ensuring access to design programming that supports low income schools in underinvested communities.

Visit the link in our bio or go to our website to learn more!
We are excited to announce a new chapter for AFO, with new Executive Director, Erica Rife, leading the way!

Erica (she/her) brings years of service to the Portland design community and strongly believes in the power of design to transform our communities. She is a leader in the nonprofit sector focused on design, innovation, and inclusion.

She received her Master's in Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon in June 2022, along with graduate certificates in Arts and Cultural Leadership and Museum Studies. She is most interested in bringing equitable fundraising practices to nonprofit institutions.

Prior to AFO, Erica served as the Managing Director of Design Museum Portland, a nomadic museum whose mission is to bring the transformative power of design everywhere. Erica led the organization in development, program direction, and community building.

Outside of work, Erica loves hiking with her dog Jackson, exploring her St. Johns neighborhood, and admiring street art around the world. 

Please help us give Erica a warm welcome to the AFO team! 🎉
Good news! There’s still time to submit your proposal for the Pat Sanchez Women’s Fellowship made possible by @opsis.architecture. The up to $3,000 award is available to mid-career women working in the architecture profession who are looking to expand upon their professional development.

Go to or follow the link in our bio to learn more.

DEADLINE: Friday, December 16, 2022
Sometimes all you need is paper, markers and creativity to bring a future city to life! Yet, many students participating in Architects in Schools don’t have access to supplies to support their design learning. 

This #GivingTuesday, donate to the Architects in Schools Supply Fund to ensure all students have the supplies they need to express their incredible design ideas! Link in bio.
One of our favorite things to do at AFO is give out scholarships to Oregon architecture students, honor them at our annual Scholars Event, and connect them with professionals in the field.

This #GivingTuesday, give directly to Oregon architecture students and help us sustain our scholarships for years to come by donating to the AFO Scholarship Fund. Link in bio. 

Pictured: Regina Batiste, 2022 Hart Scholar at our Scholars Reception
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