Contact ACE Portland

For students, mentors,
educators, applications,
and all other questions:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 15007
Portland, OR 97293

ACE Staff

Kari Smith Haight
Program Manager
(503) 415-0579
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Susan Nielsen
Executive Director
(503) 577-6177
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Ave Rio
Communications and Program Coordinator
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Ready to Apply?

Ready to apply Complete BOTH:
1) Part 1 (National)
2) Part 2 (Local)

Application deadline:
November 22, 2019, 5pm

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(subject to change)
Info session: Oct 8 & 22
Program Start: Jan 14 & 16
ACE Luncheon: April 22
Final Presentations: May 19 & 21, 6:00-8:00 PM

Download the
2019-20 Event Calendar


Parent Consent Form
Field Trip Permission Form
Terms of Scholarship Form
Scholarship Disbursement Form
Scholarship Information

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Why Join ACE
About ACE & FAQ

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ACE Mentor Packet
ACE Mentor Flyer

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Our board is comprised of local industry leaders who make a significant contribution to our chapter. We are grateful for their continuing support.
2019-20 Board Members

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Ready to apply? Complete BOTH:

1) Part 1 (National)
2) Part 2 (Local)

ACE is a FREE after-school program for high school juniors and seniors interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE). Student teams collaborate on a building design project under the guidance of industry professionals. ACE also offers college scholarships for seniors and summer camp opportunities for juniors.

ACE STUDENTS gain valuable career skills, network with professionals, and explore ACE careers.

ACE MENTORS give back to their community, inspire the next generation, and attract new talent to the industry.


Our Program

Portland’s ACE program runs from January to May every year. Student applications and mentor recruitment start in Fall (August/September) and are usually due in late November (right before Thanksgiving). Acceptance notifications will be emailed in December.

Students are placed on a Tuesday or Thursday team with 10-15 students from different high schools and 7-10 mentors from a mix of architecture, construction, and engineering firms. Teams meet 13 times (once a week or once every two weeks) from 4:30-6:30 pm. Light meals are served at each meeting and supplies are provided. Prior experience and outside homework are not required. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from meetings.

Meetings are held in downtown Portland at ACE mentors’ offices and job sites. Students have the opportunity to visit multiple professional workplaces, learn how to network, and explore career paths within the ACE industry. Teams design a building together, and students present their projects to a large audience at the program finale in May.



The ACE Mentor Program of Portland is open to high school juniors and seniors near Portland. The application period opens at the beginning of the school year in fall. Students must submit BOTH applications before the deadline.




Are you an architecture, construction, or engineering professional?

Do you want to inspire youth to enter your industry?

Do you want to network and give back to your community?

Mentor volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. Each team of mentors is led by an experienced Mentor Captain. Mentors provide around 26 hours of volunteer time (13 two-hour meetings) and are not required to attend every session. Mentors with offices in or near downtown Portland often provide meeting space for an ACE session.

Apply to be a mentor here!


ACE Scholarships

Each year, the ACE Mentor Program awards scholarships to seniors who are committed to pursuing construction-related careers in college.