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Nita Tjahjana, Certified Passive House Consultant

Congratulations to Designer Nita Tjahjana, PIVOT Architecture’s newly-certified passive house consultant!

In receiving the certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), a non-profit promoting high-performance passive buildings, Nita has honed her ability to design more sustainable facilities.

In the process of earning this certification, Nita learned the principles of passive building and trained using passive modeling techniques. Nita and PIVOT Designer Clay Neal, who is also passive house certified, use this knowledge to design more sustainable projects.

“I am just always curious about building technology and to learn more about the different metrics of how to make buildings more efficient,” Nita said. “It is one way of approaching sustainability and I have always liked when things are quantifiable.”

PHIUS+ provides design and construction standards ensuring sustainable quality assurance. Buildings meeting PHIUS+ standards use 40-60 percent less energy and provide high indoor air quality along with a quiet, comfortable environment.

Alison Kwok, an architecture professor at the UO, urged Nita to pursue certification with her systematic in approach to design.

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PIVOT Welcomes Carly Bushman to our Team

PIVOT Architecture is thrilled to welcome Carly Bushman to our staff. She is a registered architect with three years of experience.

Carly is a Clark Honors College graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in interior architecture from the University of Oregon. She is determined to bike commute year-round and can be found indoor climbing, admiring dogs, or snacking on Sour Patch Kids.

In the short time she’s been at PIVOT, Carly has made immediate contributions to the team, passed her final ARE exam, and become a licensed architect!

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SparkLab Career Expo Connections

There was somewhat of a role reversal using the SparkLab space that we designed for Connected Lane County, the important non-profit that links industry to public schools in the area.

Connecting with area middle school students at the middle school Elevate Career Expo and giving them a taste of design  architecture was invigorating. We showed students some of the ins and outs of the design process and had them try their hand at sketching by either drawing the floor plans to their house or using trace to replicate an elevation of an project we’re working on.

Some students knuckled down immediately and started to draw. Others needed a little nudge to get started, but once they did their attention to detail and sketching ability was fun to watch.

Learn more about the SparkLab space from their video highlighting the space.

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2022 PIVOT Fellowship Application Opens

The PIVOT Fellowship is intended as a means of fostering original thought about issues outside the daily routine or obvious future trajectory of the thought process of our firm. PIVOT Architecture will select one applicant partially based on the nature of their project proposal. The term runs from June till September.

Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2022, and should include project proposals, on a unique topic of the candidate’s choosing, along with a cover letter, portfolio, resume, and faculty references.

The Fellowship is open to University of Oregon BARCH, BIARCH, MARCH, and MIARCH students for the summer preceding their final year of study. One student will be selected following an application process that includes review of the candidates’ proposals for a project of their choice to be executed over the summer of the Fellowship.

Information sessions:

Monday, October 25th, 2021, 5:15-6:15, LA206
Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:15-6:15 on Zoom
See https://design.uoregon.edu/events for more information.

For more information, see our Fellowship page.