SPOTLIGHT

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Member: Jenna Fribley
20 Under 40 2017

"Energetic architect Jenna Fribley leads by example.

Six years ago, Fribley became a principal in a Eugene architectural firm, and earlier this year co-founded Campfire Collaborative Architecture & Design in Springfield.

Fribley, 36, also teaches architecture at the University of Oregon, is active in the American Institute of Architects Southwest Oregon chapter, and is on a local government housing policy board. She also helped start the Booth Kelly Makers District in Springfield, which is backed by businesses and nonprofit groups in and near the Booth Kelly complex on the south edge of downtown.

“The intent for this group is to build a community of makers that is anchored to downtown Springfield, with the long-term vision that it will facilitate a platform for networking (and) collaboration among local makers, create a hub of activity that appeals to makers seeking a place to set up studios, and become a destination for the public to shop/explore,” Fribley said.

Eugene architect Kaarin Knudson, who nominated Fribley for 20 Under 40, said Fribley is “the rare individual who combines vision, pragmatism and action in a way that is inspiring and inclusive.”

When Fribley was president of the AIA Southwest Oregon chapter she led the group’s restructuring into a “more effective, efficient, engaged organization,” Knudson said.

With her architecture firm — which she founded with Kelsey Buzzell — Fribley has won awards for her work, including small civic renovations, residential projects, tiny house prototypes for Emerald Village, the low-income housing development in Eugene, and craft breweries .

Fribley also is a real estate broker with RealNW Group in Eugene, and she’s an endurance runner.

Fribley “excels in everything she does,” Knudson said. “She is always learning and she finds a way to delight in every challenge. For all her accomplishments the greatest value she brings to this community is her continuous inspiration to others and her commitment to doing great things here.”

The Register-Guard by Ed Russo, blue chip
Published: December 4, 2017