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Apply for 2019-20 Architects in Schools! AFO  Volunteer Opportunities

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The Opportunity:

Are you an architect, engineer, contractor, planner, architectural historian, architecture student or related professional, who cares about the future generation, your profession and design education?

Are you a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade classroom teacher looking to integrate art, career awareness and real life skill building into your curriculum?

If you answered yes, then Architects in Schools is for you! The Architects in Schools (AiS) program pairs volunteer design and building professionals with 3rd, 4th & 5th grade teachers for a 6-week classroom residency (approximately 1-2 hours a week in the classroom), offered free of charge to schools across Oregon.

Students participating in AiS learn important real life skills like collaboration and problem solving through project based, hands-on lessons that educate on the impact of the built and natural environment.

Every year, teachers tell us that AiS is the only time they experience full class engagement. Design and building professionals tell us that the students inspire their practice.

We invite you to join us in bringing arts and design education to students across Oregon!


Apply for 2019-20 Architects in Schools!


Program Orientations

Participants, please plan to attend an orientation in your area. If you are unable to attend an orientation you must notify AFO staff.

  • Portland
  • Southern Oregon
    Tuesday, October 22, 4:30-7pm
    Medford Branch County Library
  • Eugene
    Tuesday, November 12, 4:30-7pm
    Rowell Brokaw Architects
  • Central Oregon
    Saturday, November 16, 1-4pm
    Bend-LaPine School Administration Building
  • Salem
    Saturday, January 11, 12:30-4pm
    Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House

How to Apply:

Design & Building Professional Application
Deadline: September 20


Teacher Application
Deadline: October 4


Architecture Student Application
Deadline: October 18


If you have any questions, please contact AFO Associate Director, Architects in Schools, Kim Ruthardt Knowles, [email protected], 503-317-7537.

About Architects in Schools:

Give elementary school students awareness, involvement and a greater understanding of their environment through the Architecture Foundation of Oregon Architects in Schools program!

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 for a 6-week classroom residency (approximately 1-2 hours a week per class), 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.

AiS has been inspiring children to examine their built environment for four decades. Design/building professionals as well as architecture students volunteer their time because sharing their passion for architecture with students energizes them. Teachers tell us that AiS has a tremendous impact on their students. We invite you to join us for an exhilarating foray into the built environment with students.

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.

Text and images courtesy Architecture Foundation of Oregon.