In 2005, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, a group of architects and design professionals organized Architects Without Borders–Oregon. Early projects included post-Katrina hurricane damage assessments for homeowners living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the design of a grade school in Bata Atha, Sri Lanka. Since then the scope of AWB’s efforts has broadened to include local projects such as a plan for a neighborhood pocket park and the design of a tattoo removal station at a social service agency. AWB-Oregon also conducts educational outreach, partnering with Portland State University and University of Oregon in design studios and charrettes.