A number of our team members are using their annual community service hours PIVOT provides to volunteer for the World Athletic Championships – Oregon22. Our team is contributing in the fan experience, ushering, escorting athletes, media services, and other efforts. It has been incredible and humbling to see the outpouring of enthusiasm from people all over the world coming to our a little corner of the community for a once in a lifetime event. The world is truly here. We have seen athletes, media members, and fans from countries like Chinese Taipei, Botswana, Seychelles, Estonia, and many more. It’s been an amazing experience with much more to come!
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.
PIVOT is happy to bring several new designers into our teams designing transit facilities, municipal projects, commercial renovations, K-12 schools, and other projects.
Designer Hans Minder
A native of Switzerland, Hans joins PIVOT with 30 years of international architectural experience. He has worked with a number of different firms in Europe and the US including 15 years leading his own architecture studio in Prague. For nearly a decade, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate architecture studios at the University of Oregon focusing on sustainability and ecological building materials. He has a degree in Architecture and Design from Bern University in Switzerland. A father of four teenagers, Hans spends his free time with his family.
Interior Designer Megan Edelblute
Megan has four years of experience as an interior designer working for a variety of employers including a design-build firm and a nationally televised home renovation company. She has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and an Art History minor from the University of Oregon. In her spare time, Megan volunteers as a youth leader at University Fellowship Church, creates mixed-media art, and enjoys spending time with friends. She is a native of Salem, OR.
Designer Alexandria Clark
Originally from Salem, OR, Alex graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Interior Architecture. Her terminal project, a flood-conscious Vancouver Symphony Hall, was featured in the architecture magazine Dezeen. She has experience with land-use consulting as well as operating a landscaping and gardening business. Alex aspires to design for underrepresented and underserved communities having helped build homeless shelters in Eugene and Portland, as well as work on healthcare buildings in rural Tanzania. When not at work, Alex enjoys painting and rock climbing.
Designer Brandon Volpicelli
Brandon, a California native, is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Interior Architecture. He is inspired by collaborative environments and passionate about building strong communities through architecture. Brandon is an Eagle Scout, a big time Ducks football fan, and avid baker.
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.