ZGF Scholarship in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation
Since 2004, ZGF has awarded a total of $120,000 in scholarships to qualified students across the country. Established in memory of ZGF founding partner Norm Zimmer, the ZGF Scholarship program began with a local purview promoting the scholarship to schools near ZGF office locations. It has evolved nationwide and today is offered to programs across the U.S. Administered by the Oregon Community Foundation, the mission of the scholarship—to recognize and support students who demonstrate a talent and passion for architecture, interior design and urban planning —echoes ZGF’s commitment to mentor and foster the next generation of exceptional design talent.
ZGF is committed to supporting the next generation of designers and we encourage all interested applicants across architectural, interior, urban, or landscape design to apply. We are looking for students who display a commitment to their craft and a dedication to personal development in their chosen field.
This year’s application window is now closed. We look forward to reviewing all the applications. The winner will be notified the first week of March and the public announcement will be made in early spring.
To apply, review requirements and go to our online portal linked below.
Eligible applicants must be:
- Currently enrolled in an accredited architecture (NAAB), interior design (CIDA), urban planning and design (PAB), or landscape architecture (LAAB) program in the United States.
- Beginning their final year in an accredited program in the fall of 2021.
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ZGF Architects is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage under-represented minorities and women to apply for the scholarship.
ZGF Scholarship Details and Requirements
HOW TO APPLY
Current students enrolled in an accredited architecture (NAAB), interior design (CIDA), urban planning and design (PAB), or landscape architecture (LAAB) program in the United States who will begin their final year in an accredited program in the fall of 2021. Valid graduation dates from your current program can include both winter (December) of 2021 or spring (April / May) of 2022.
Applications for the scholarship must be completed by 11 pm PST on February 1, 2021.
Complete the application and upload the following materials to our scholarship portal.
- Academic Portfolio
- Include five examples of academic design work (submitted either through URL or PDF. 10MB maximum, if uploading a PDF)
- Acceptable formats: PDF or link to portfolio.
- Work must be original. Group projects will not be considered.
- One-Page Essay
- Describe the design intent of the work shown in the portfolio submitted and how you hope to positively impact the world through design (1 page maximum).
- Letter of Recommendation
- Written by a faculty member of your current institution, addressing your talent, and passion for the field of architecture and design.
November 2020 – Scholarship portal opens
February 1, 2021 – Complete applications are due by 11pm PST
Second week of March 2021 – Winner notified
Summer 2021 – Internship with ZGF Architects
Fall 2021 – Scholarship fund distributed to University to be applied toward tuition and fees
View past recipients’ portfolios by clicking on their names, below.
Araceli Lopez, Yale School of Architecture, 2020 Recipient
- 2019Hong Xi, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
- 2018Stanislas Chaillou, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
- 2017Jihye Choe, University of Michigan
- 2016Graham Brindle, Yale School of Architecture
- 2015Lujac Desautel, California College of the Arts
- 2014Shifan Deng, University of California, Berkeley
- 2013Kyle Barker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 2012Anita Hsieh, Washington University, St. Louis
- 2011Amir Mikhaeil, Yale University
- 2010Jian Huang, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- 2009Riggs Skepnek, University of Pennsylvania
- 2008Annie Chan, University of Southern California
- 2008Gabriela Walter Caldera, University of Southern California
- 2007Li Junjie, University of California, Berkeley
- 2006Terri Moore, SCI-Arc
- 2005Agnessa Todorova, California College of the Arts
- 2004 David Hamilton, University of Virginia
For any inquiries or questions regarding scholarships, please contact us.