David Orozco Memorial Fund


We were deeply saddened by the news that AIA Silicon Valley Board member David Orozco unexpectedly passed away on May 13, 2018. He was a highly-valued member of the AIA Silicon Valley Board of Directors. You may have known David as a kind family-man, a Latino American, a mentor to emerging professionals, lover of Volkswagens, an architect at HPC Architecture for over 20 years, and so much more. Many of you, as members of the chapter, friends, and colleagues, have asked what you might do in remembrance of David.


David’s generous life, bright spirit and meaningful career have inspired the Chapter Board of Directors to honor his legacy through a scholarship fund. A PayPal portal has been set up for contributions in David’s name to the Chapter’s Leo and Trinidad Sanchez Scholarship Fund, a program that encourages and helps further the education of Hispanic American students seeking to become architects. David was the recipient of a similar scholarship in his youth.



This scholarship was established by Gil Sanchez, FAIA in memory and honor of his parents, Leo and Trini Sanchez, who emigrated from Mexico to the United States in the 1910s. They found work throughout Central California picking crops until World War II when they both found employment in Richmond, building "Liberty" cargo ships for the war effort. Leo eventually became a body and fender worker in San Jose, California, where he and his wife raised five children. Because of moving around for work, Leo did not have the opportunity to finish high school, but he passed on to his children a strong work ethic and respect for education. The estate he and Trini left behind, allowed his son, Gil, to establish a scholarship to memorialize their dedication to hard work and family, and their desire to be good citizens.


View all available AIA Silicon Valley scholarships.



Leo and Trinidad Sanchez Scholarship Fund is a scholarship fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Donations are processed by SVCF, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States, EIN# 20-5205488. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. SVCF provides a formal acknowledgment letter containing tax-deduction language for your records.




You'll have the option of using PayPal or any of the listed credit cards.


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