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HOPES[22] Conference starts TODAY!!!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE (click on topic for shortcut)
- RSVP for Chapter Meeting
- ODC Scholarships Avail.  
- Small Firms Roundtable
- Call for NAAB
- ODC & Convention
- Job Postings
T  4.07  /// HOPES Conference (4.07-4.09)
F  4.08  /// ODC Scholarship Deadline
F  4.08  ///  SWO Small Firms Roundtable
T  4.19  ///  Free Tour of Water Wise Garden

W 4.20 ///  SWO Chapter Meeting - Don Peting
H  4.21  ///  Livability Drinks at Barn Light East
Wed. April 20, 2016 @ Actor's Cabaret Eugene 

Our April 20 Chapter Meeting will feature Emeritus Professor of Architecture Don Peting presenting the work of the Pacific NW Preservation Field School.  An award-winning preservation educator and architect, Don was honored with the 2014 George McMath HIstoric Preservation Award. Plan now to join us at the Actors' Cabaret at 10th and Willamette for Don's presentation on work at the Field School. Hear about opportunities for you to participate in the 2016 Field School this summer. See you there!


Application deadline extended to Friday, April 8th at noon.

Scholarships will be awarded to full-time architecture students attending U of O or PSU, Emerging Professionals (those not yet licensed), and newly licensed architects (3 years or less). Recipients will be a awarded full registration to the conference (which includes meals all-day Friday and breakfast/lunch on Saturday) and a room at Salishan on Friday night.

Recipients may be asked to participate in the conference as moderators, speakers, or logistical support and to provide a post-event one page written summary of their conference experience.

Download Application

April 7-9    University of Oregon

The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference is an annual event, held every April by the Ecological Design Center, a student group at the University of Oregon.  Inaugurated in 1994, the conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, community members, and visiting scholars to discuss the relationship between ecology and design, and how this connection can produce sustainable buildings.

Access to information is rapidly becoming a global standard for the first time in history. This super-connected network of minds is accelerating the speed of human innovation. Nevertheless, changing environmental conditions are reaching a crisis point, and even large scale responses can take years to have any effect. The decisions we make now will have lasting repercussions. How do we respond?

Visit the HOPES website for more information and the schedule of speakers/events.  This event is FREE.


You're invited to join the next gathering of the Small Firms' Roundtable in the Eugene-Springfield area.

Date: Tomorrow, April 8, 2016
Time:  Friday at 5
Place: 440 Charnelton: Stan Honn's Office
What: Light refreshments, conversation, brainstorming

One of the suggestions that came out of the Chapter leaders' November conversations with members was to explore improving services to small firms locally. AIA National has increased service and support for small firms during the last few years. Considerable resources are available on the AIA website and through knowledge communities. 

In our initial meeting in February, we brainstormed about how we can take best advantage of national resources, and possibilities for sharing knowledge and resources locally.  At this second meeting of the small firms roundtable, we will start with a casual pinup/social hour, and then have a focused discussion about technology and workflow for small firms.

Questions? Stan: 541-501-5353

at Alton Baker Park

With Jeffrey Petersen
and Anita Van Asperdt
Tuesday, April 19th
1 PM - 2PM 
Cost: FREE
Location: Water Wise Garden at Alton Baker Park
622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401

Join a guided tour of this demonstration garden that showcases strategies to reduce water use while creating a beautiful landscape. The Water Wise Garden features a water-saving landscape design, native, edible and low water use plants, an efficient sprinkler system, a rain garden and bioswale and a 3,000-gallon rainwater cistern. 

To minimize water demand and enhance plant health, plants are sited based on their water need, and alternatives to traditional lawn grass are planted at the garden, including  a low water-use turf variety, and an area planted with a blend of ecoturf - a mix of typical turf-type lawn grasses and low water use plants.

The Water Wise Garden also features a watering system is controlled by a Smart Controller which adjusts watering levels based on plant needs, and has underground drip tubing to water the lawn and other areas.  

Water Wise Garden was made possible by collaboration from EWEB, City of Eugene, Nearby Nature, Landcurrent Landscape Architecture, and Schirmer Satre Group. 

Our group size is limited, so please RSVP. 

Thursday, April 21
5pm at the Barn Light East

Connected Livability Professionals is a new initiative in the Eugene-Springfield area, created to facilitate connections between Green Building and Planning professionals and aspiring professionals with speakers, events, jobs and each other. The group is hosting an inaugural social event on Thursday, April 21st at 5pm that will be held at the Barn Light's new location on 8th Ave, between UO Campus and the river. Come and join in for a relaxed networking event where you can connect with colleagues in the livability field. Please RSVP if you can, or just show up! 

Learn More


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,

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. 

  • FREE registration for new AIA members
  • Young professionals save an additional 30%
  • Students get in for $25
Convention Registration
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.

The presentation will be on Friday, May 20, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Program Code FR411, 1.00 HSW 

Ascent Architecture and Interiors hiring Entry-Level Intern Architect

Ascent Architecture & Interiors in Bend, Oregon, is a seeking self-motivated and highly organized intern architect with up to 5 years of architectural experience. Recent graduates will be considered for this position.  Click HERE for full job description and submission guidelines.

We are looking for a self-starter who shares our core values of Integrity, Technical Know-how, Client Service and Stewardship. This is primarily a production position; however, our size, unique structure, and use of technology give our team members a variety opportunities for professional growth.

Ascent Architecture & Interiors is a progressive, award-winning firm that offers client-centered design services for commercial, senior-living and multifamily residential housing projects in Oregon, Texas, California, Washington, and Arizona. 

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


Issue: April 7, 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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