Van Evera Bailey Fellowship

Advancing the professional development of mid-career architects and related professionals.


The Van Evera and Janet M. Bailey Fund was established at OCF in 1982 by a generous charitable gift from the Baileys. Half of their gift was dedicated “for the preservation and betterment of the art and science of architecture.” 

The Van Evera Bailey Fellowship was inaugurated in 2001 as a collaborative project of OCF and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO). The Fellowship annually invites creative proposals for fellowships that advance the professional development of mid-career architects and related professionals, and that encourage them to make greater contributions to their profession and their community. The current fellowship award is $25,000.


Van Evera Bailey was a prominent Oregon architect in the mid-20th century. An innovator in design, site use, and the development and application of materials, he helped to create the "Northwest Regional Style" characterized by open floor plans and the use of natural woods and glass. The Bailey Fund is a legacy of his love for Oregon and his desire for built and natural environments to work together as distinguishing features of the state.


Fellowship projects may follow a variety of paths, from pure research involving reflection on professional issues and challenges, to practical research involving projects designed to have specific results. Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Sabbaticals for the study of innovative design or technology in architecture or related fields.
  • Collaborations between architects and planners or others.
  • Preparation of public education projects.
  • Research and writing on a specific topic.

Applicants may request support for stipends, travel, lodging, materials and other relevant needs. The Fellowship is intended to promote the dissemination and application of ideas. Projects must include follow-up activities such as seminars, written documentation, lectures, media presentations, tours or other methods of sharing results with the professional community and general public.

Fellowship eligibility is flexible. Favorable emphasis will be given to applicants who are licensed architects with practices based in Oregon. A strong emphasis will be on experienced professionals in architecture and directly related fields. The intention of the Fellowship is to provide time for creativity, reflection and the pursuit of a deeper understanding of ideas that will benefit the profession and the greater community. 

Applicants may apply jointly. For example, if an architect and an urban planner see a potential for an innovative project that requires unusual research, they can apply jointly for stipends, or support of travel and other expenses, in order to examine relevant work in other communities, states, or countries; consult with professional peers and leading thinkers; formulate detailed plans; and produce articles or public education programs.

Current members of the board of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon are not eligible to apply for this fellowship or to receive Fellowship funds indirectly as a partner in a proposed project.

Application Guidelines

The invitation for proposals is announced annually in June. The application deadline is September 4. The Van Evera Bailey Fellow will be announced in December for the year-long fellowship period to begin January 1. Please review the application requirements.

Process and Timetable

Applications should be sent to and must be received by 5 p.m. on September 4, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes professional architects, in collaboration with OCF and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. Applicants may be asked to submit further information, or to speak with representatives of OCF and AFO, to clarify their proposals. The review committee will make recommendations to the OCF board. OCF reserves the right to approve Bailey fellowships at its sole discretion. The Bailey fellowship will be awarded by OCF through the AFO.

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