AFO Announces Joachim Grube as 2019 Honored Citizen

AFO Announces Joachim Grube as 2019 Honored Citizen AFO  Blog

PORTLAND, OR, May 8, 2019 – The Architecture Foundation of Oregon is thrilled to announce AFO’s 2019 Honored Citizen, Joachim Grube, who has contributed to the built environment in Oregon and around the world for decades.

Over his career as one of the leaders in the Oregon architecture community, Joachim Grube has established himself as a true visionary who embraces innovative and purpose-driven design. You can find his influence in buildings across the state like Timberline Lodge, where he guided the implementation of the new winter entrance, and his collaborations with Pietro Belluschi on six churches including the University of Portland Chapel. Joachim’s legacy also includes creating successful partnerships between Portland architect/engineer teams and developing world professionals to design and deliver state-of-the-art facilities contributing to economic development around the world.


AFO Announces Joachim Grube as 2019 Honored Citizen


Joachim was born in the Free City of Danzig in 1932. At the end of World War II, he and his family found themselves in a refugee camp with thousands of other displaced people. Following repatriation to West Germany and after completion of a bricklayer apprenticeship, he graduated from the Hamburg School of Architecture. His first professional experience in Hamburg was followed by further study and an architectural internship in Berlin.

After marrying Liz, a traveling student from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, the couple decided to move to Oregon where Joachim worked at William Fletcher and SOM offices. In 1961 he was recruited by the UN to design Teacher Training Institutes across Africa as part of UNESCO’s Regional Planning Office in Khartoum, Sudan. The four year assignment was an eye-opener for the couple and their two young children, which compelled Joachim to focus his career on projects in developing countries.

Upon his return to Portland, Joachim became a founding member of Yost Grube Hall Architecture, a firm that for over 50 years has helped shape the built environment in Portland and left its mark in 45 countries overseas. But Joachim has also helped shape the lives of countless young professionals over the years. He is regarded as an artist, a mentor and an advocate for new voices. By encouraging and supporting a diverse community of architects, designers, engineers and artists, Joachim has served as a touchstone for an entire new generation of professionals.


Mark your calendars for Monday, October 14 and join AFO in celebrating Joachim Grube and his impact on Oregon’s built environment!  General ticket sales will begin in June.



About Honored Citizen
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.


About the Architecture Foundation of Oregon
The Architecture Foundation of Oregon supports Oregon’s quality of life and creates awareness of our designed environment through education, engagement and inspiration

AFO believes that all Oregonians benefit from thoughtful design in their homes, in their community and in the environment around them. Through dynamic programming such as our Architects in Schools and Civic Engagement Workshops, AFO works with community partners to share design’s role in shaping our future.

AFO partners with organizations across the state to connect communities with the power of design. By convening conversations and encouraging involvement, we empower people to embrace design as a tool to impact the future of Oregon for generations to come.

AFO embraces the special sense of place that makes Oregon a unique location. From honoring the people and organizations that define this place we call home to fostering the next generation of leaders and thinkers, we work to ensure that our built and natural environments inspire us to dream more, create more and do more.



Cover image: Joachim was the management and design leader for USAID’s Sudan Agricultural Development Project which included three remote research stations and Khartoum headquarters. Photo by Joachim Grube.