Send application requirements to by November 30, 2022 to be considered

Supporting Women in Architecture

In honor of Pat Sanchez, retired Principal and Business Manager at Opsis Architecture, AFO is partnering with Opsis Architecture to establish the Pat Sanchez Women’s Fellowship, beginning in 2022.

Pat retired after 21 years as the business manager at Opsis, helping to shape the direction and values of the firm. She has long been a strong advocate for women in the profession, especially tied to common barriers that women experience. Pat worked tirelessly to find creative solutions to support staff, including establishing Opsis’ paid family leave policy, flex schedules, and creating opportunities for professional development.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship is available to women who are mid-career and looking to expand upon their work and professional development. The up to $3,000 monetary award can be used to attend professional conferences, local college course work, or specialty seminars focused on various aspects of the industry including design, firm management, building enclosure design, business development, leadership, etc.

AFO and Opsis encourage Oregon women who are practicing in the field of architecture to apply for the Pat Sanchez Women’s Fellowship. The candidate should demonstrate a strong interest in advancing specific aspects of their career.  A resume and proposal for utilizing the scholarship funds within one calendar year must represent both the candidate’s plan for utilizing the scholarship funds and how the experience will be used to further their career goals.

See below for specific eligibility and application requirements.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


  • Currently practicing within the architecture profession
  • Minimum professional experience of 5 years in the architecture profession
  • Licensure is not required
  • Identifies as a Woman
  • Oregon Resident

Application Requirements

Please submit the following to

  • 500 word (maximum) proposal: Clearly outline the candidates professional background and interest in the identified area of study. Identify the proposed use of funds – identifying specific classes, workshops, seminars or conferences this will be applied to. The proposed use of funds could be a combination of classes/events, and can include related travel expenses.
  • Professional resume

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

If you are not able to submit your application electronically, please print and mail it to Opsis Architecture, 920 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. We will accept mailed applications postmarked by the deadline.


Kim Ruthardt Knowles
Associate Director, Architects in Schools