Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Application Link: http://bit.ly/2kmkpDo

Scholarship Award + Eligibility

One student will be selected to receive $10,000 to be applied toward tuition and fees, and a paid internship with ZGF.

The scholarship will be awarded to the individual who demonstrates quality design and a personal dedication to the field of architecture and allied fields.

Applicants must be entering their final year in an accredited program— architecture (NAAB), interior design (CIDA), urban planning (PAB), or landscape architecture (LAAB)—in the fall of 2018, and must currently reside in the U.S.

 ZGF is a design firm with a focus on architecture, interior design, and urban design. Founded over 50 years ago in Portland, Oregon, with a mission to strive for design excellence, stewardship of our natural and built environment, and exceptional client service, ZGF has grown to include over 600 employees and additional offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, and Vancouver, BC.

ZGF’s design philosophy is centered on the premise that design excellence should be reflected in each and every aspect of a building—its fit with the community, its function and relationship to users, its building systems, and its cost. The firm’s design portfolio is intentionally diverse, ranging from transportation terminals, commercial office and mixed-use developments, to corporate campuses, healthcare and research buildings, academic facilities, libraries, and museums.

ZGF continues to receive commissions that demand responses to multiple client and user groups, and architectural solutions that must withstand exceptional public scrutiny. In addition to receiving local, regional, and national design awards, ZGF was honored with the American Institute of Architects’ highest honor, and was recently ranked #1 in Architect magazine’s 2016 Top 50 architectural firms list, both as the top firm overall and for sustainability, based on our design innovation, business acumen, and leading-edge sustainability.

Submission Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Portfolio including 5 examples of design work
  • One-page essay discussing the design intent of the work shown in the portfolio
  • One letter of recommendation written by the department head or a faculty member, and signed by the dean or the department chair of the school of architecture, addressing the candidate’s talent and passion for the field of architecture and design.

Deadline February 1, 2018

For details about submitting your entry visit: ZGF Scholarships.

Questions may be directed to Liz Rhodes.


When Will The Winner Be Selected?

The scholarship recipient will be selected no later than March 1, 2018, with an announcement to follow in the coming weeks.

I Am Graduating In December 2018. Can I Still Apply?

To be eligible, you must be entering the final year of your program in the fall of 2018.

I Am Not A U.S. Citizen. Can I Still Apply?

As a current resident in the United States, you are eligible to apply.

Is The Internship Optional Or Required?

The internship is optional. It is intended to occur over a 10-week period in Summer 2018, but we are flexible with the time frame and the office location, based on workload.

How Is The Award Paid Out?

The $10,000 award will be sent directly from the Oregon Community Foundation to the recipient’s accredited academic institution.



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