UO alum gift funds new Singapore internship program

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA) have received a $90,000 gift from UO alumni and co-founders of Eco-id Architects, Calvin Sim and Sim Boon Yang

The gift directly supports AAA’s Professional Outreach and Development for Students program (PODS). The funds provide a stipend, costs of travel, and housing for two professional internships each year (one in architecture, one in interior design) at Eco-id Architects in Singapore.

“This gift is a pioneering gesture to support some of our best students.  We anticipate that Cal and Boon’s vision will lead to many more new internships for UO students in East Asia,” noted Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs.

Sim graduated with honors in architecture from the University of Oregon and immediately returned to Singapore in 1989 to pursue several projects. Sim founded Eco-id Architects in 1996 and co-helmed it with partner, Sim Boon Yang.

According to Sim, “the new Eco-id Architects internship program will help students develop their applied skills and gain a global perspective from one of the most progressive firms in the world.”