Landscape Architect/Designer Needed

Architects Without Borders  Volunteer Opportunities

The Opportunities:

Architects Without Borders-Oregon is looking for a Landscape Architect/Designer.

Ethiopia Project
The city of Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, is experiencing rapid growth as people move from the countryside to the city. The Community Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a school to serve new residents living on the perimeter of this fast-growing city. Architects Without Borders – Oregon has supported this work with campus planning and building design assistance since 2014, working in collaboration with an Engineers Without Borders group in Portland, Maine. The first of five planned classroom buildings was completed in the summer of 2018, with four classrooms that now serve over 100 students. AWB-OR has produced drawings for the construction of a composting latrine building to serve the school and is currently updating the classroom building documents to incorporate lessons learned during construction of the first building.

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How to Apply:

This volunteer opportunity does not involve travel. If interested, please send your contact information and a brief description of your background to [email protected]

About Architects Without Borders – Oregon:

Architects Without Borders-Oregon assists communities in need by providing design and planning services through a volunteer network of professionals and students.


  • Connect the Oregon design and building community to communities and non-profit groups that need architectural assistance.
  • Address urgent and chronic conditions of inadequate infrastructure, community facilities, and shelter.
  • Provide opportunities for architecture students and interns to gain experience in service, collaboration, design, and construction.



  • Assess potential projects in order to understand the needs of the community, the feasibility of providing effective assistance, and the availability of appropriate volunteers and institutional and material resources.
  • Respect and work closely with the people served by our efforts.
  • Collaborate with relief and development agencies, government entities, building professionals, and educational institutions in interdisciplinary teams. Involve local labor, resources and technology.
  • Provide designs and use practices and technologies that are environmentally responsible and appropriate to the culture and climate of each location. Utilize charrette techniques to maximize involvement and clarify potential solutions.
  • Support each project team by recruiting volunteers; making contacts within the professional community; providing publicity, legal support and budgeting; and conducting fundraising for AWB’s work.

Cover image courtesy Architects Without Borders – Oregon.