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Member: Michael Fifield, FAIA

Fifield wins Fulbright to study sustainable housing, planning in Portugal

Housing design needs in Oregon and Portugal share surprising similarities. Both enjoy Mediterranean climates. Both face similar zoning and land use policy challenges. And both strive to provide affordable housing in challenging economic times.

Noticing these connections, UO architecture Professor Michael Fifield proposed a collaborative, international project to determine how land-use classification, among other factors, could help guide housing solutions in both places. The research, and results, would need to factor in cultural, economic, and environmental concerns across cultures.

The Fulbright Commission offered Fifield a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to spend three months in Portugal documenting housing projects and helping to develop principles for more affordable, sustainable community design in both Portugal and the US. Fifield will partner with the Gabinete de Apoio da Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa (GAPTEC) at the Universidade de Lisboa. GAPTEC comprises landscape architects and planners. As an architect, Fifield will contribute architectural expertise to the team along with his background in urban planning and housing.

Fifield chose Portugal for its many affordable and market-rate residential projects whose design principles can translate to the US.  “Documenting and researching these projects in Portugal will assist not only in the work I will be doing with GAPTEC,” his proposal stated, “but will be extremely useful in my work in the US [to develop] design principles for meaningful housing design.”

In Portugal, housing is a critical concern at the same time the country is experiencing a debt crisis, Fifield noted.  Fifield believes land use policies can play a significant role in helping solve the housing conundrum.  “Urban Growth Boundaries in Oregon and elsewhere are one means to address issues of land becoming scarcer. … However, there are questions of how to best utilize the land within the UGB and especially how to address housing costs and availability.

Fifield’s research in Portugal will also expand his work in “developing residential design principles that should address both environmental sustainability (through the use of higher density low-rise housing models) and sustainability of our communities (by providing options for a diversity of housing types in neighborhoods that will allow for aging in place).”

His Fulbright research will also involve learning the methodology used at GAPTEC in order to translate it to his work as director of the UO Housing Specialization Program.

Taken from story by A&AA Communications, see original HERE.

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Karen Williams is a project architect at PIVOT Architecture (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard)

Karen Williams is a project architect at PIVOT Architecture (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard)

MEMBER: Karen Williams, AIA

20 UNDER 40 2016

Karen Williams
Architect, PIVOT Architecture; Age 36

"Architect Karen Williams moved to Eugene three years ago from Orlando, Fla., seeking a balanced life in a place where 'people work hard and play hard.'

In her new hometown, Williams leads by example — sharing her passion for her profession and community by being actively involved in both.

Besides working for PIVOT Architecture in Eugene, Williams teaches two architecture courses at the University of Oregon, where she advises students, and serves on the UO architecture school’s curriculum committee.

'I want to support future architects becoming the professionals of tomorrow,' Williams told Celeste Edman, chief executive of Eugene tech firm Lunar Logic, who nominated Williams for 20 Under 40. Students 'teach me a lot, keeping me on my toes with pushing me to learn new technologies and to keep up with current trends. I am thankful for having curious students.'

William is an active member of the Southwestern Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She does volunteer work for local nonprofit groups, including as a reading tutor at McCornack Elementary School in southwest Eugene.

Williams moved to Eugene in 2014 from Florida, where she was an architect in Orlando.

In Eugene with PIVOT, Williams has worked on replacement school building projects at Howard Elementary and River Road/El Camino de Rio Elementary."

The Register-Guard by Ed Russo, blue chip
Published: December 5, 2016

 

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Britni Jessup is interiors director at Rowell Brokaw Architects.  One of her designs is the new Roseburg Forest Products HQ in Springfield (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard)

Britni Jessup is interiors director at Rowell Brokaw Architects.  One of her designs is the new Roseburg Forest Products HQ in Springfield
(Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard)

MEMBER: Britni Jessup

20 UNDER 40 2016

Britni Jessup
Architect, Rowell Brokaw Architects Age: 35

Britni Jessup has brought a new focus on interior architecture to Rowell Brokaw in Eugene and shared her skills, in and out of architecture, as a volunteer in the community.

Jessup is one of only three interior architects in Eugene accredited by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification, according to a letter nominating her for a 20 Under 40 award.

“In just a few short years with Rowell Brokaw Architects, she has led interior design projects for high-profile public and private clients,” Angie Marzano, business development director for BRING Recycling, wrote in the nomination letter.

Recent projects include two of the largest lecture halls at the University of Oregon: a 509-seat room in Straub Hall and a 451-seat room in Columbia Hall. Jessup also has helped design the interiors of Northwest Community Credit Union’s headquarters in Eugene and the offices of Roseburg, a wood products company, in Springfield’s Gateway area.

“Her work focuses on designing total interior environments that fulfill the unique goals and aspirations of companies and institutions, branding their physical workplace identity and creating innovative work environments,” Marzano said.

Jessup earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and Spanish at the University of Washington. She earned a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Oregon.

Jessup actively volunteers in local schools and libraries. She is a member of the Eugene Public Library Foundation’s Imagination Library Advisory Board . Jessup and two other parents of children at Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School started a green initiative to help make the school more sustainable.

Jessup is a former University of Washington volleyball player . She is assistant varsity volleyball coach at Sheldon High School and part owner in Blue Skies Beach Club, a beach volleyball group that organizes camps, clinics and tournaments .

“She is young, dynamic and deserves to be standing among a group of business professionals nominated for this award,” Marzano said.

The Register-Guard by Sherri Buri McDonald, blue chip
Published: December 5, 2016

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MEMBER: Seth Anderson, AIA

© Ross Chandler Photography

© Ross Chandler Photography

Seth Anderson of Ascent Architecture was one of 12 members selected nationwide to receive 2016 AIA Young Architects Award. 

Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 23rd year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. The Young Architects Award recipients were honored at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

You may know Seth from his involvement on our AIA-SWO board, or from the Lunch & Learns or the Bend Summit.  "Through his professional momentum, Seth uplifts his clients, his community, and the architectural profession as a whole. He has worked tirelessly to galvanize the architectural scene in Central Oregon, all with limited support from the larger AIA component located over three hours and one mountain pass away."

As the sole owner of Ascent Architecture and Interiors in Bend, OR, Seth espouses core values of integrity, technical know-how, client service, and stewardship. The firm has built a reputation for providing quality design and a high level of client service. The team at Ascent has designed everything from ground-up senior living communities, custom residences, multi-family housing, hotels, breweries, and distilleries.

© Ross Chandler Photography

© Ross Chandler Photography

© Ascent Architecture & Interiors

© Ascent Architecture & Interiors

In addition to design excellence, Seth has striven to create a positive and collaborative environment where architects and designers can continue to grow and work on meaningful projects. Seth formally outlined his business plan in 2014, and it finished in third place – out of 51 entries – in the Charrette Venture Group’s national Architectural Business Plan competition. 

Seth is a founding member of the Central Oregon Professional Architects’ Network (COPAN), in which he works closely with other firm leaders to increase educational and networking opportunities. COPAN organized the first-ever Central Oregon Architecture Showcase, which put architects’ work on view to the public during a Friday night art walk in Bend’s downtown.

Seth is active with AIA Southwest Oregon, and serves on its board as Director of Extra Metropolitan Affairs. Since joining the chapter, he’s helped bring educational programming to the area such as organizing the first ever AIA-SWO program in Bend and working to bring the chapter’s monthly lunch and learn series to the area. Seth is heavily invested in AIA membership and has created a multimedia conference room at his office to host virtual events and Ascent pays 100 percent of eligible employees’ membership dues.

Seth is an excellent ambassador of architecture. Whether it is the Central Oregon community, his clients, or the profession, Seth can be counted on to provide focus and conviction. 

Text above excerpted from AIA press release of February 25.  Read the full text about Seth and the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award HERE.

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MEMBER: Michael Fifield, FAIA

Michael Fifield, FAIA, University of Oregon Professor of Architecture and former department head, has been recognized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) as a Distinguished Professor.  This award recognizes sustained creative achievement and the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, and service.  Professor Fifield joins a select group of architectural educators nationwide who have had a profound impact upon their students and distinguished themselves as leaders in architectural education.  
 
In the 30-year history of the award, a maximum of five are given nationally each year. The University of Oregon Department of Architecture, ranked #1 in Sustainable Design, has the distinction of having one of the highest numbers of ACSA Distinguished Professor Award recipients nationally.  Professor Fifield joins other University of Oregon ACSA Distinguished Professors Frances Bronet, Judith Sheine, John Reynolds, FAIA, Howard Davis, and Donald Corner.  Fifield says he is humbled to join these colleagues as well as previous winners of the ACSA Distinguished Professors including nationally recognized architects and educators from other universities such as Charles Moore, Fay Jones, Ralph Rapson, Denise Scott-Brown, Romaldo Giurgola, Gunnar Birkerts, and Christopher Alexander.

Prior to coming to the University of Oregon in 1998, Professor Fifield was department head at Penn State University as well as Director of the Joint Urban Design Program at Arizona State University where he taught for eleven years.  He currently is Director of the Housing Specialization Program in the UO Department of Architecture and teaches housing design studios, and subject-area courses including Housing Prototypes, Community Design, and Minimal Dwelling.

Professor Fifield was recognized for his diverse contributions to education – not only within the academy, but also the profession and community by promoting the value of design excellence in our built environment, as well for his mentorship of students and faculty.  While receiving numerous professional practice and teaching awards, Fifield feels most pleased with the significant accomplishments of former students who have gone on to be leaders in the profession.
 
The President of ACSA will present a medallion and certificate at the 103rd ACSA Annual meeting in Toronto later this year. Recipients become Fellows of the College of Distinguished Professors of Architecture and may use the title ACSA Distinguished Professor, DPACSA in perpetuity.

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MEMBER: Kaarin Knudson

Kaarin Knudson, a project designer with Rowell Brokaw Architects, led the proposal to develop the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s riverfront site. She’s also a key player in the Eugene City Hall project, designed the lighting retrofit of Hult Center lobby and teaches in the architecture and planning departments at the University of Oregon. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard)

Kaarin Knudson, a project designer with Rowell Brokaw Architects, led the proposal to develop the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s riverfront site. She’s also a key player in the Eugene City Hall project, designed the lighting retrofit of Hult Center lobby and teaches in the architecture and planning departments at the University of Oregon. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard)

The Register-Guard by Elon Glucklich, blue chip
Published: December 1, 2014

20 UNDER 40

Kaarin Knudson
Project designer, planning specialist Rowell Brokaw Architects Age: 38

Education: B.A., journalism and fine arts, University of Oregon; master’s of architecture, University of Oregon.

Professional accomplishments: Led firm’s proposal to win the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Riverfront Master Plan commission. Led proposal process leading to selection of Rowell Brokaw as architectural firm for Eugene City Hall project. Designed award-winning lighting retrofit for lobby of Hult Center.

Impact on community: Teaches at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Coordinated the “Making Great Cities” presentation series that brought national and international speakers to Eugene. Board member, Architecture Foundation of Oregon. Member, fellowship committee, Oregon Community Foundation. Past president, Architects in Schools program.

Motivation: “I love Eugene, and I think this is a tremendous community that also is full of potential to do even greater things. I love the opportunities that I’ve had to improve upon pieces of architecture in our community, to contribute to taking good care of those resources.”

Secret Life: “I grew up in Alaska. Being in the mountains and out on trails are the things I do to clear my mind. The time I spend running on trails is the time I spend thinking about things, planning for the future.”

Family: Husband, Patrick. Daughters, Elizabeth, 4, Helena, six months

Nominated by: John Rowell, principal, Rowell Brokaw Architects.

Why she is a rising star: “Kaarin’s strategic thinking and perceptiveness are at the heart of her ability to lead complex planning projects. On a different scale, she displays aesthetic sensitivity, design skill and professionalism that translates to highly successful individual building projects. … Kaarin is a thoughtful leader, mover and shaker and is deeply involved with the local community and committed to professional excellence.”