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Oct. 10-12: Volunteer at People's Choice Awards 

Calling for help to host the 25th Annual People’s Choice Awards: 

We need volunteers to assist with setup and take-down, get people in the door, show them how to vote, discuss good design, and help make this a successful event. 
Please sign up to Volunteer for People's Choice Awards 2014 - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. 

Feel free to contact Arica Duhrkoop-Galas with any questions:

In Today's Register-Guard: AIA-SWO Design Annual

Please pick up a copy of today's Register-Guard. AIA-SWO has produced a 16-page tribute section that brings design issues directly to almost 200,000 readers and viewers. (The cover is attached here.) If you'd like to view it on your screen, the section has been converted to an online flipbook you can view here:

Congratulations to the committee members who worked hard to make this happen: Andrew Scheidt, Craig Runyon, Jenna Fribley, Patrick Hannah, John Reynolds, Annie Loe, and Roger Ota. Thanks also to the firms and friends who advertised in the section, which supports the chapter and its many efforts to reach and educate the public about the importance of design.

This effort sets the stage for next weekend's People's Choice Awards.... Onward!

UO Architecture Department Fall Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce the Architecture Department Fall Lecture Series:

PDX October 7: 
Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (Chicago, Illinois & Beijing, China)
5:00pm, Natural Capital Center, Ecotrust Building, co-sponsor: Green Building Initiative

EUG October 13/PDX October 14: 
Philippe Block, Block Research Group, ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)
5:30pm, LA 206/WSB Event Room

EUG October 20/PDX October 21: 
Neil Denari, Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), UCLA (Los Angeles, California)
5:30pm, LA 206/WSB Event Room, co-sponsor: Walker Warner Architects

EUG October 27/PDX October 28: 
Jun Sato, Jun Sato Structural Engineering (Tokyo, Japan)
5:30pm, LA 206/WSB 150, co-sponosr: UO Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

PDX November 5:
Kevin Nute, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon
5:30pm, WSB

EUG November 10: 
Nancy Cheng, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon
5:30pm, LA 206

Lectures in Eugene (EUG) are in Lawrence Hall (LA) 206, 1190 Franklin Blvd.
Lectures in Portland (PDX) are in the White Stag Building (WSB), 70 NW Couch St or at the Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave.

South Willamette Special Area Video & Questionnaire

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last week at the Community Workshop.

If you were not able to attend or didn't complete the questionnaire please take a moment to view a brief video about proposed Design Code Concepts and let us know your feedback on the associated questionnaire. Questionnaire results submitted before Oct. 6, 2014 will be presented to the Planning Commission during the meeting that day.

The video and questionnaire can be found here:

Not enough time?
Questionnaire results will continue to be gathered during the process. Please pass on this information to interested friends and neighbors.

Jennifer Knapp, Associate AIA
Urban Designer
City of Eugene I Planning Division
99 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401

HACSA is soliciting for Architectural Services

The Housing And Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA) is seeking proposals from Licensed and Bonded Architects to provide design services for a mixed-use development at 6th & Oak Street in Eugene.  Early design for this development envisions 55-65 affordable apartment units over a commercial ground floor. The selected firm will provide preconstruction and construction services phases; including schematic design, design development, construction documents, project oversight and other services necessary to complete construction. The selected firm will need to provide a maximum fee for services.
Requests for Qualifications may be obtained from Sandy Young at HACSA, at 541-682-2506 or All responses must be received at the Agency offices, 177 Day Island Road, Eugene, OR 97401 by 4:00 pm October 16, 2014. Proposals must clearly marked “Architectural Design Services for 6th & Oak”.
Section 3 Certified Architects and all Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to participate in this solicitation. HACSA complies with all prescribed public procurement procedures and requirements, State and Federal Laws and regulations relating to discrimination and employment including Equal Opportunity Employment Laws and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA1990).

October 8th | Solar Ready Design

Join Energy Trust of Oregon on October 8th for a discussion on solar ready buildings. Presenters will review best practices for solar ready design and construction and share a brief case study on Saint Mary's School Fine Arts and Athletic Center, located in Medford, Oregon.

Architects taking this class are eligible for 2.5 AIA HSW continuing education credits.

Sign up for this event here.

Finish Strong: Octagon Update  

Octagon Build-Out Update by Will Dixon, AIA.
Thanks to those who have generously helped us complete the build-out of the Octagon, our new Center for Architecture.  Please give generously today!  It’s nearly ready, but we need your help to reach the finish line this year.  Your donation is tax-deductible, and will benefit our local AIA chapter for many years to come. 
The Octagon is essentially an extension of each and every one of our offices, and gives our chapter a real presence right in the heart of downtown.  It’s our new home!  To learn more about the story behind the Octagon:
To make a donation online:  
To mail in your donation, please send to:

The Octagon
92. East Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
Thank you!
SWO Past Poobah ‘14

Coming to Portland Oct. 4th & 5th: Recode Oregon

Click here for the flyer to get more information.

10Square Cancelled Until 2015

This year's 10Square, originally scheduled for next Friday, October 3rd, has regretfully been cancelled due to a lack of available presenters. We will bring this event back next year, potentially in the spring of 2015, so stay tuned!

AIA-SWO Website
Click for the Octagon calendar
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Scott Clarke
AIA - President

Will Dixon
AIA - Past President

Jenna Fribley
AIA - President-Elect

Karen Williams
AIA - Secretary

Patrick Hannah
Assoc AIA - Treasurer

Alexandra Rempel
Assoc AIA - Director

John Reynolds
FAIA - Director

Daniel Abrahamson
Assoc AIA - Associate Director

Seth Anderson
AIA - Director
Don Kahle
Executive Director

Annie Loe
Collaboration Agent
Randy Nishimura
AIA - Secretary

Daniel Abrahamson
Assoc AIA - Treasurer

Kurt Albrecht
AIA - Director

John Reynolds
FAIA - Director

Will Dixon
AIA - Director
Don Kahle
Executive Director
AIA-SWO Chapter Website | AIA-SWO Activites Calendar | Octagon Availability Calendar
Past Issues Archived Here Propose Future Topics

Our mailing address is:
American Institute of Architects
Southwestern Oregon
92 E Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401

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