2020-21 Architects in Schools Call for Volunteers

Architects in Schools Call for Volunteers AFO  Volunteer Opportunities

The Opportunity:
The Architecture Foundation of Oregon is calling all architects, engineers, contractors, planners, architectural historians, architecture students and related professionals to help them bring Architects in Schools to students across Oregon for the 20-21 school year.


Design & Building Professional/Architecture Student deadline: October 23
Teacher deadline: November 6


How to Apply:
Full information: https://www.af-oregon.org/architects-in-schools/2020-21-application-information/

Application: https://af-oregon.submittable.com/submit

Questions? Contact Kim Ruthardt Knowles, [email protected], 503-317-7537


About the Opportunity:
Introduce elementary school students to the power and possibilities of design through the Architecture Foundation of Oregon Architects in Schools program! Through the use of design based lessons, this program creates lifelong learners and critical thinkers who have a greater understanding of their environment and its impact on people’s lives.

Architects in Schools (AiS) matches design and building professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, landscape architects, city planners, architecture historians, architecture students and more with 3rd, 4th & 5th grade teachers to provide design education for youth. AiS is offered free of charge to schools.

Students participating in AiS learn important skills through lessons that include cooperation and planning, connect to the Oregon Academic Content Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and help to gain a better sense of how school relates to the real world.

Virtual Orientations:
All first-time AiS volunteers and teachers (only including teachers who apply to partner with a design & building professional) are required to attend a 1.5-hour virtual webinar orientation. If you fit this criteria and cannot attend one of the following sessions, please notify AFO staff after applying.

Orientation Dates – please plan to attend one of the following virtual orientations:

  • Saturday, November 14, 9:30-11am
  • Tuesday, November 17, 4:30-6pm

Virtual Orientation Agenda:

  • Program Basics
  • AiS Curriculum Guide Overview
  • AiS Teacher/Design & Building Professional Partnerships
  • How to Integrate AiS into Classroom Curriculum for Teachers
  • How to Present to Students on Video Chat Software for Design & Building Professionals

2018 Architects in Schools Applications Open!

Images courtesy Architecture Foundation of Oregon.