The 2021 application process is now closed. 2022 application deadline to be announced in November

Supporting Oregon Architecture Students

AFO’s 1998 Honored Citizen, Senator Mark O. Hatfield, remains one of Oregon’s most respected and admired statesmen. His contributions to Oregon and the country are many, including funding for dozens of important public buildings throughout Oregon. Senator Hatfield passed away in 2011.

In honor of the late Senator’s own interest in architectural design and commitment to service, AFO’s Senator Mark O. Hatfield Architectural Award was established in 1998 to annually recognize an Oregon architecture student for their design promise and community service.

Applying for the Award

AFO encourages Oregon architecture students with a passion for serving their community through thoughtful, collaborative, community centered design to apply for the Hatfield Architectural Award. An essay and portfolio of work must represent candidates’ commitment to community service and design excellence.

$4,000 Scholarship
2022 application deadline to be announced in November

Watch our virtual info session to learn more about applying for the scholarship


  • Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in University of Oregon or Portland State University architecture program
  • Commitment to community service outside of school and relative to applicant’s community
  • Demonstrated ability for quality architectural design

Application Requirements

We transitioned our application process to a platform called Submittable. Applicants must now submit proposals electronically through an application form. You will be asked to make a free account through Submittable, which will allow you to save drafts as you work through the application and allow you to access your submitted application at any time.

  • 500 word (maximum) essay outlining your experience with community service and how you aspire to use architecture and design to address a challenge facing either your specific community or Oregonians in general. How does your experience and aspirations support the mission of AFO?
  • Design portfolio with three examples of your work – maximum of 3 pages per project
    • Can feature architecture or community focused projects
    • Must include one project completed individually (not a group project)
    • If including group projects, describe your role in the project
    • If applicable, please include a project illustrating an architectural design that responds to a community need or challenge
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your achievements, potential in design and commitment to community service – letters must not exceed one page and must be emailed directly by the recommender to
    • One letter from architectural faculty
    • One letter from a community member

2022 application deadline to be announced in November

If you are not able to submit your application electronically, please print and mail it to AFO Executive Director, Claire Blaylock, 19268 Friars Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045. We will accept mailed applications postmarked by the deadline.

Portfolios, essays, and reference letters are evaluated by a committee of AFO board members and representatives. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by April 1. Undergraduate and graduate students are evaluated based on the merits of their experience.

The selected applicant will be asked to attend our annual Hatfield Scholars Luncheon to receive their award. The 2021 event will be virtual.

Previous applicants who have not received an award are welcomed and encouraged to reapply.

2021 – Josymar Rodriguez, UO
2020 – Bethany Woods, UO
2019 – Mohamed Fakhry, PSU & Zachary Sherrod, UO
2018 – Lisa Patterson, PSU
2017 – William Chandler, PSU
2015 – Genevieve Wasser, PSU & Matthew Rusnac, PSU
2014 – Kiara Galicinao, UO
2013 – Laura Levenberg, UO
2012 – Annie Ledbury, UO
2011 – April Ng, PSU & Cameron Cole Carcelén, UO
2010 – Amy Perenchio, UO
2008 – Lorraine Jack, UO
2007 – Adrienne Leverette, UO
2006 – Matthew Brown, UO
2006 – Merit Awards – Daniel Toole, UO & Emily Knudsen Leland, UO
2004 – Matthew Brown, UO
2003 – Richard Meakins, UO & Nate McCoy, UO
2002 – Trevor Lewis, UO
2001 – Eric Black, UO
2000 – Benjamin Gates, UO
1999 – John Lopez, UO
1998 – Timothy Keil, UO

Scholar Spotlight

Bethany Woods
2020 Hatfield Scholar University of Oregon

“I have chosen to focus my education and career on the use of architecture to address social issues. Architecture and the provision of shelter can transform lives, and I am excited to work alongside others to make a social impact in building stronger sustainable communities.”

2021 Hatfield Scholar, Josymar Rodriguez

2021 Hatfield Scholar, Josymar Rodriguez and her daughter

Join us in congratulating our 2021 Hatfield Scholar, Josymar Rodriguez!

Current M.Arch. candidate at University of Oregon, Josymar moved to Oregon from Venezuela in 2019. In her hometown of Caracas, she co-founded a nonprofit architecture practice called INCURSIONES which focuses on working with vulnerable communities “to address critical aspects of the Venezuelan crisis: food insecurity, urban violence, and social disintegration.”

Josymar brought her experience to Old Town, Portland, where she now studies and lives. With the support of University of Oregon and the Clinton Foundation, she developed a project titled “Pandemic Response for the Homeless” to dignify the houseless population’s living conditions during and after the pandemic.

Josymar’s proposed wayfinding system for “Pandemic Response for the Homeless”

As stated in her application essay, “Creating nurturing spaces for all is the framework in which I strive to build my relations, studies, and service practice. I believe the idea of architecture as nurture can change the way we approach design questions, set the path for our profession to grow in a new direction where women and minorities take the lead, and develop more dignified living environments.”

Watch an interview with Josymar and 2003 Hatfield Award recipient, Nate McCoy.

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Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager

Hatfield Scholars Lunch