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The 2022 PIVOT Fellow

For the 2022 Fellowship, PIVOT Architecture’s program designed to let a University of Oregon student explore a research project of their choosing and work within our team, we are trying something different.

Rather than bring in an architecture or interior architecture student, the 2022 PIVOT Fellow Matilda Jereza is entering her last year studying product design.

While product design falls outside the traditional role of architectural design, “The dedications are very similar,” Matilda points out. “Ultimately the goal of your firm aligns with the mission of product design: We both are looking to solve issues through our creative privilege of design.”

For Matilda’s research project, she will be working with PIVOT’s transit group exploring how amenities related to transit stations and bus stops can further the public experience. She hopes to develop prototypes that can be incorporated into transit projects that enhance the urban experience.
“I want to join that innovative lead for change in the best way that both you and I know how,” she said. “Through design.”

Matilda is an Oregon native having grown up in Coos Bay and Eugene. She’ll be part of the PIVOT staff until returning for her final year of study at the UO in September.

The PIVOT Fellowship is a means of fostering original thought about issues outside the daily routine or obvious future trajectory of our firm’s thought process. PIVOT Architecture selects one fellow per year partially based on the nature of their project proposal. It is a paid position and the term runs from June until September.

The PIVOT Fellowship is open to BARCH, BIARCH, MARCH, and MIARCH students for the summer preceding their final year of study at the University of Oregon. One student is 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.
For more information or to apply for the position, click here.

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Summer PIVOT Fellowship Applications Are Open

The days are short and the weather may be gloomy, so now is a perfect time to think about summer.

The application process is open for the summer 2023 PIVOT Fellowship in which one UO student is selected to work on a project of their choosing and be integrated into the PIVOT team. It is a paid position that runs from June until September.

The PIVOT Fellowship is open to BARCH, BIARCH, MARCH, and MIARCH students for the summer preceding their final year of study at the University of Oregon.

Applications are due March 6.

Learn more about and apply for the Fellowship.

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Upper McKenzie Fire Station Out For Bid

The Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District replacement station is now out to bid. The bids will be opened January 24 at 2 p.m.

The 2,800-SF station and related site work in Blue River, OR will replace the facility destroyed by the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. The new facility will include two apparatus bays, a turnout room, office space, a mechanical room, restrooms, a training room, and other spaces.

The design team includes Branch Engineering, KCL Engineering, Dougherty Landscape Architecture, and Construction Focus.

For more information about the project or the bid, email info@pivotarchitecture.com or call 541.342.7291.

https://oregonbuys.gov/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=S-R20943-00005257&external=true&parentUrl=close

 

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2022 PIVOT Fellowship: The City Squiggle

For the 2022 Fellowship, we tried something different. Rather than bringing in an architecture or interior architecture student, 2022 PIVOT Fellow Matilda Jereza was entering her last year studying product design.

Matilda’s project was born out of a desire to explore whether amenities like the transit shelters PIVOT designs could be employed to improve the pedestrian experience outside of transit systems.

“Altogether it was an extremely enriching experience to see a project through of my own design, with the support and input of my peers,” she said.

Matilda took a tried-and-true systematic approach in tackling her project by identifying a need, exploring the opportunities and challenges, as well as researching the target market, competitors, and constraints to develop her project objectives.

The result is what she calls The City Squiggle, an easy-to-install, solar-powered shelter of precast concrete arches that can be placed together in any quantity to form a “squiggle.” The resulting memorable and whimsical shelter provides protection from rain, sun, and enables users to charge devices.

Read more about The City Squiggle.