AIA Southwestern Oregon's Thursdays at Three
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Photo from last night's Architect as Developer panel discussion.
A big THANKS to our presenters Greg Brokaw, Kristin Slavin, and Zach Galloway, and to our event sponsor Anderson Construction. 
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE (click on topic for shortcut)
- CoLA Letter in RG
- Membership Renewal
- Call for NAAB Nominees
- HRB Seeks Volunteer
- Equity in Arch. Survey
- Mentorship Sign-up
- Housing Charrette
- Fifield Presentation

- ODC & Convention
- Job Postings
W 3.23  ///  AIA Convention Early Bird Deadline
T 3.29   ///  Meyer Grant Info Session
R 3.31   ///  AIA Renewal Final Deadline
S 4.02   ///  Housing Design Charrette

The Eugene City Council will soon decide whether or not to extend Eugene's Downtown Urban Renewal District.  The AIA-SWO Committee on Local Affairs (CoLA) recently sent a letter to the editor supporting the extension of the Urban renewal district "as a significant means to achieve those widely shared and far-reaching goals."  Click the button below to read the letter on the Register Guard website.

Well done, CoLA.  Thank you.

Just a friendly reminder: if you have not renewed your AIA membership, you have until March 31 before your membership will be at risk of lapsing for non-payment. Renew online at the website.
Renew Here


Each year, AIA is invited to nominate practitioners from diverse education, practice, and geographic backgrounds to serve as AIA representatives on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Visiting Teams Roster.  The nomination is valid for four years, and may result in up to one school visit per year. Members find these visits to be an informative and rewarding leadership opportunity to advance architectural education. 

Nomination is a four-year term, beginning January 1, 2017. Information about the opportunity and how to apply is available HERE.  Applications are due by April 15th. If you are interested in being considered as a nominee to the NAAB Visiting Team Roster, please contact Seth Anderson,


The City of Eugene is seeking a motivated volunteer who reflects the diverse backgrounds and interests of the community to serve on the Historic Review Board (HRB). There is no experience necessary to apply, but interested individuals should have a strong interest in Eugene’s rich culture and history. The recruitment will conclude on March 31. Click HERE for flyer with full details.

The HRB is a 7-person body who meets quarterly (however it is likely special meetings will be held in between regularly scheduled meetings). 

All application materials must be received by Thursday, March 31. Applications should be submitted ONLINE.


AIA San Francisco and the Equity by Design Committee are pleased to announce the launch of the second national Equity in Architecture Survey from February 29 thru April 1, 2016.

This project builds upon the previous survey conducted in 2014 that generated the incredible support shown at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta for Resolution 15-1. The 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey will seek to create a comprehensive national dataset detailing current positions and career experiences of architecture school graduates. The resulting research will focus on differential experiences of women and men as well as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

We expect to provide insights into talent retention in firms by exploring pinch points that influence decisions to leave the profession as well as factors that promote satisfying and sustainable careers in architecture for all architectural professionals.

Take the Survey Here



The AIA-SWO Fellows are interested in supporting our emerging members through an informal monitorship program (modeled after the Texas Society of Architects' successful Fellows Connect program).  This may result in one-on-one lunches or dinners, happy hour get-togethers, or even site visits.  If you are interested in participating as either a mentor or mentee, please email Andrew Scheidt ( and indicate your area of interests and/or expertise to help us better match colleagues.


The University of Oregon Chapter of the AIAS student group is interested in collaborating with AIA-SWO to pair emerging professionals with students in an informal mentoring program.  This is intended to be loosely structured, to promote a setting that facilitates casual discourse focused on the transition from school to the professional world.  If you are interested in participating as a peer-mentor, please email a sentence or two about yourself to AIAS President James Chrisman ( with a sentence or two about yourself.

Michael Fifield has a housing research grant where he is investigating new alternatives to the suburban housing model of large houses on large lots.  Instead, he is looking at the viability of low-rise medium density (attached or semi-attached) housing where each unit has private on-grade outdoor space. 
As part of his efforts, he would like to invite interested faculty members and local professionals to a Saturday workshop/design charrette scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 8AM - 3:00PM in Lawrence Hall.  If you think you might be interested, please save the date and contact Michael at  More information will follow in upcoming weeks.

Michael Fifield, FAIA, invites you to his presentation at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia: Smaller Residential Unit Design Principles as a Key to Sustainability.


Architects—and society at large—are finding that smaller, efficiently designed homes are the future of sustainable neighborhoods and communities. Learn to develop smart design strategies that can achieve affordability and sustainability in this insightful session.

This session will explore:
• The impact of smaller dwellings on our environmental and social well-being
• Ideas and design strategies to develop smaller, more efficient homes that are still livable and highly desirable
• The potential for growth with these sustainable design practices
• Small unit design principles through a variety of examples and case studies

Design principles are changing with U.S. family and environmental values; are you keeping up?

The presentation will be on Friday, May 20, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Program Code FR411, 1.00 HSW 
May 5-7 at Salishan Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon

Registration is now open for the 2016 Oregon Design Conference.  Since 2002, The ODC has served as the premier multi-day State-wide event dedicated solely to architecture, design and innovation in the built environment. 

ODC2016 will focus on our collective and inspired reconsideration of architecture and design as we embrace new methodologies, technologies, and relationships.

For more information and to register online, click the button below.  
ODC Registration
Don't wait to book your room reservations! Call Salishan at 1-800-452-2300.  Mention AIA to receive special room rates.


Registration is now open for AIA Convention 2016, the architecture and design event of the year. This year's convention runs May 19-21 in Philadelphia.

There are more than 500 career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, industry leaders, grassroots champions, and rising stars. A dynamic expo floor turned into a temporary built environment with hundreds of exhibitors, first looks, and surprises. 

  • Early bird rates through March 23
  • FREE registration for new AIA members
  • Young professionals save an additional 30%
  • Students get in for $25
Convention Registration


March 29, 2016
11am to 1pm
Eugene Public Library

Lane Arts Council is proud to host the Meyer Memorial Trust in Eugene for a grant informational session. This event will introduce Meyer’s new portfolios and provide participants with information about 2016 grant opportunities in the Building Community, Healthy Environment, and Housing Opportunities portfolios. A Q+A session will follow an initial presentation.

Presented by Mike Phillips, Program Associate for Meyer’s Healthy Environment Portfolio
Register Here

PIVOT Architecture hiring for Architectural Staff Position

PIVOT Architecture is looking to expand our team. Candidates from entry level up to five years’ experience desired. REVIT proficiency is highly desirable. An architectural degree is required. Candidates should possess strong design skills and be comfortable working in teams. Technical experience and knowledge of construction techniques a plus. Click HERE for more information on this Architectural Staff Position.

Nir Pearlson Architect is Hiring

We are seeking an architect or architectural designer with 3+ years of professional experience to join our studio. We expect our new team member to:
  • Be a creative designer, with an understanding of how buildings are made
  • Enjoy working collaboratively, learning, and teaching
  • Be able to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Be proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, and other digital tools
We offer competitive pay and benefits and a great team of friendly, creative colleagues.

Our firm is rooted in design excellence, community-building, and the protection of our natural resources. For additional firm information, visit

Please send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to

BBT Architects Now Hiring for Two Positions

BBT Architects currently has two job openings. Click on the links below for job description and application process.

Project Architect/Project Manager

Intern Architect

WHAT WE OFFER:  Our culture is team oriented and collaborative. We value hardworking people who are fun to work with and who have a positive impact on those around them. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefit package includes health and dental insurance, optional cafeteria plan, retirement plan with company contributions, and flexible summer hours Memorial Day through Labor Day. To learn more about BBT, please visit us at

Issue: March 17, 2016


Stan Honn, AIA

Jenna Fribley, AIA
Past President/Secretary

Katie Hall, AIA

Patrick Hannah, AIA

Scott Clarke, AIA

Mark Donofrio, AIA

Seth Anderson, AIA

Kristina Lang, Assoc. AIA
Associate Director

Kathy Wendland
Administrative Assistant
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