Hatfield Architectural Award

Please join us in honoring our 2017 Scholar at the Hatfield Scholars Luncheon on April 12, 2017 at The Oregon Zoo’s new Education Center

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In 1998 Senator Mark O. Hatfield received the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Honored Citizen Award. Having dedicated his life to public service and to the citizens of Oregon, Mark Hatfield, who passed away in 2011, remains one of Oregon’s most respected and admired statesmen from his years in the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate, as Secretary of State and Governor of Oregon, to five terms as United States Senator. His contributions to Oregon and to the country are many, including funding for literally dozens of important public buildings throughout Oregon. In honor of the late Senator’s own interest in architectural design and commitment to service, afo’s Senator Mark O. Hatfield Architectural Award was established in 1998 to annually recognize an Oregon architecture student for their design promise and community service. Candidates may be either undergraduate or graduate students in the architecture programs at Portland State University or the University of Oregon.  Portfolios, essays, transcripts and reference letters are evaluated by a committee of afo board members.

Questions? candice@af-oregon.org

We are no longer receiving applications for our 2017 Mark O. Hatfield Scholar. Thank you for your submission. Check back in November for 2018 application information.

Congrats to our two 2015 Hatfield Scholars,

Genevieve Wasser and Matthew Rusnac

We offer our heartfelt congratulations and good fortune for their future careers to Genevieve Wasser and Matthew Rusnac. Both students are highly thought of by their professors, have been deeply engaged in public interest design through their studies, and are thoroughly committed to practicing in ways that contribute greatly to humanity and mother earth. We think Senator Hatfield would be pleased.

Genevieve Wasser is completing her first year in a three-year Master of Architecture program at Portland State University.  “My commitment to architecture is driven by the recognition of its powerful creative capacity to foster resilient communities with the dignity of good design and thoughtful process. I am committed to developing a value-based practice that is sensitive to architecture’s complicated relationship with some of the world’s most pressing problems.”

Matthew Rusnac is completing his two-year Master of Architecture program at PSU.  He has come to embrace “an architecture that is ‘built upon love’; an architecture that goes beyond meeting immediate physical needs but also resonates with the dreams of the community in which it is built.” He says, “I have attempted to place unconditional love before design preferences, biases, and personal agendas in the hope that it will produce an architecture that, ‘lovingly provides a sense of order resonant with our dreams.’ I believe, through this ordering of priorities, all else should fall into place.”

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Senator Mark O. Hatfield Architectural Scholars, Genevieve Wasser and Matthew Rusnac.

For more information please contact Candice Agahan at 503-542-3823 or candice@af-oregon.org