SPOTLIGHT

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. Since the firm opened its doors in 2012, it has expanded to a 10-person team that 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.