SPOTLIGHT

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