Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday October 9

Our Signature Event of the Year

Every year, the broader architecture community comes together for one night to honor the contributions of a member of our community and support the mission of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. AFO Honored Citizens are celebrated for their significant contributions to Oregon’s designed environment. Chosen by a committee of peers from across the field, the Honored Citizen award is one of the most prestigious in the state.

Since 1993, AFO has honored public officials, community advocates, statewide organizations, philanthropists, developers, artists, architects and more. The event is held annually at the Oregon Convention Center and serves as AFO’s signature event.

2018 Honored Citizens, Ann & Mark Edlen

Oregon Convention Center
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
no-host cocktails at 5:30pm
dinner and program at 7pm

We are pleased to announce AFO’s 2018 Honored Citizens, Mark and Ann Edlen, a dynamic partnership that has contributed to Oregon’s quality of life for several decades. The Edlens, both individually and collectively, have a deep commitment to education, healthcare, the arts, sustainability and the built environment, to the benefit of our city and state. We can’t imagine a more forward-looking duo with a better understanding of how design plays a role in shaping our future.

Portland Brewery Blocks, developed by Gerding Edlen

Mark Edlen is Co-Founder and Chairman of Gerding Edlen Development. Recognized for their expertise in creating sustainable communities in mixed-use and mixed income commercial, residential, educational and retail developments, Gerding Edlen is also known for contributing to the community through its development of over 750 affordable housing units, along with the completion of three drug and alcohol treatment centers. Mark and longtime friend Bob Gerding, who passed away in 2009, founded the firm in 1996 and until his retirement in 2017, Mark thoughtfully directed Gerding Edlen’s vision and growth.

With a national portfolio, Gerding Edlen is a leader in sustainable development and socially responsible real estate investment. Gerding Edlen has developed more than 75 LEED certified buildings, including the Brewery Blocks, Twelve West and the Portland Armory, the first LEED Platinum building on the National Register of Historic Places. The firm’s work also helped to transform two of Portland’s industrial areas – the Pearl District and the South Waterfront District.

Mark is a member of the Board of Directors for Ecotrust and the University of Oregon School of Business Advisory Board, as well as a trustee for the Bullitt Foundation.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Ann Edlen came to Portland from New Jersey in 1979. With a degree in art and graduate work in business, Ann has had a long and diverse career in marketing and advertising beginning with her position as Vice President and Marketing Director for First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo) and with Think Joule, where she was active until her retirement in 2014. Ann currently chairs the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation Board, which exists to secure private philanthropic support to advance OHSU’s vital missions, currently in a two billion dollar campaign to transform human health.

Under her leadership, as former chair of Pacific Northwest College of Art’s board, Ann helped raised $30 million for the school’s capital campaign, which led to the college’s rebirth in a stunning building designed by Allied Works. The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is the flagship for PNCA’s new campus in the former federal building on Portland’s North Park Blocks. She is still a member of the PNCA Creative Leaders Council and the Ann Payne Edlen Creative Corridor at the school was named in her honor. Ann also served on the Board of the Portland Art Museum, Jesuit High School and the Board of Visitors for the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Mark and Ann embrace a fundamental philosophy of community, living a life committed to family and to their beliefs that as engaged citizens we must ask how we can add to our community, including what our responsibility is to the livability of the built environment and to a more sustainable future and how we can help less fortunate Oregonians attain their dreams.

See our past honorees

Sponsorship Opportunities

AFO works directly with sponsors to develop mutually rewarding partnerships. Our reputation for commitment to Oregon’s built environment, our constituency of a wide range of industry citizens and our strong relationship with other sponsors and donors make for highly rewarding sponsorships. Available at a variety of levels to fit budgetary and marketing requirements.

Event Sponsorship – $10,000
Event Sponsors will receive:

  • Corporate/firm name and/or logo on invitation, newspaper ads, event programs and projections and media releases
  • Two seats at the President’s Table
  • One complimentary table (up to 10 guests) with signage, in prime location
  • Invitation for all guests to private pre-dinner honoree’s reception
  • Complimentary parking for all guests
  • Logo listing in newspaper “thank you” ad

Sustaining Sponsorship – $7,500
Sustaining Sponsors will receive:

  • Corporate/firm name and/or logo on invitation, newspaper ads, event programs and projections and media releases
  • Two seats at the President’s Table
  • One complimentary table (up to 10 guests) with signage, in prime location
  • Invitation for 6 guests to private pre-dinner honoree’s reception
  • Complimentary parking for 3 vehicles
  • Logo listing in newspaper “thank you” ad

Supporting Sponsorship – $5,000
Supporting Sponsors will receive:

  • Corporate/firm name and/or logo with “supported by” on invitation, newspaper ads, event programs and projections and media releases
  • One complimentary table (up to 10 guests) with signage, in prime location
  • Invitation for 2 guests to private pre-dinner honoree’s reception
  • Complimentary parking for 2 vehicles
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad

Table Sponsorship – $3,250 non-member, $2,750 w/ membership discount*
Table Sponsors will receive:

  • One guest table (up to 10 seats)
  • Table signage at event
  • Listing in event program and on projection screens
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad

*Members of $1,000 or higher are eligible for the table sponsorship discount. If you’d like to become a member please join here.

Half-Table Sponsorship – $1,600 non-member, $1,300 w/ membership discount**
Half-Table Sponsors will receive:

  • One-half of one guest table (up to 5 seats)
  • Joint table signage with assigned table-partner at event
  • Listing in event program and on projection screens
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad

**Members of $500 or higher are eligible for the half-table sponsorship discount. If you’d like to become a member please join here.

Event Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors
Apex Real Estate Partners
Dunn Carney LLP
GBD Architects
Kelley Imaging
Magaurn Video Media
Mortenson Construction
Otak
Parker, Smith & Feek
R&H Construction
Russell Fellows Properties, LLP
Skanska USA Building
ZGF Architects LLP

Member Spotlight

John Maternoski
Founder/Editor Portland Design Events

“I enjoy the event because of the diversity of people it attracts – I see people there that I don’t see anywhere else… It’s a great cross-section, and I think it leads to introductions and conversations that benefit our community that wouldn’t happen elsewhere.”

Questions?

Contact:
Susan Myers
Associate Director
susan@af-oregon.org
503-542-3824