Say Hello to Our New Associates

We’ve been watching in growing amazement as Jacky Grey and Alexis Thomas make short work of the complexities of our most significant projects. Each has a remarkable ability to stay pointed into the wind, focused on our clients, while project design challenges are transformed into beautiful, highly functional architecture. We have come to rely on their design and organizational skills and are looking forward to adding their energy and know how in our leadership group as our newest Associates.

Jacky has been instrumental in some of PIVOT’s recent complex projects including construction administration for the four concurrent projects with the Corvallis School District, the Douglas ESD renovation, the Yachats Fire Station, and a number of other fire districts. She has also been co-leading PIVOT’s internal Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts.

Her ability to guide clients through the initial vision of a project and then developing ideas into a cohesive, highly-functional design is something she takes pride in. Through her hands-on experience from more than 10 years as a contractor, Jacky has developed an astute sense of how to construct projects. Her insights into construction and strong communication skills allow her to build trust and rapport with contractors, consultants, and clients alike.

“I’m excited about this new role at PIVOT,” Jacky said. “What I love about PIVOT are the people and the places we help make. I am energized by the culture of learning and striving to make the world a better place around us: in our community, in our projects, and in our practice. Maya Angelou said it best: ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better.’ ”

Jacky joined PIVOT in 2016 after graduating from the University of Oregon with a Master of Architecture. She also has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Pacific University as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in math and art from Eastern Oregon University. When not at work, Jacky spends time with her daughter and her dog paddling Oregon’s waterways and biking through our vast paths and mountain trails.

Alexis has been involved in a number of K-12 projects including the new Camas Ridge Elementary School, the Corvallis School District projects, and work with other districts. She also has a vast higher ed experience with projects at the University of Oregon and The Ohio State University.

She is a thoughtful designer who applies keen project management skills to ensure projects are successful. She is apt at facilitating meetings with a number of user groups making sure they each are heard and understood.

“I’m honored to be named as one of PIVOT’s newest associates,” Alexis said. “I have deep interest in architecture’s ability to serve our community and it’s been a joy to work alongside such thoughtful people on highly impactful projects in my time here at PIVOT. I’m looking forward to all the hard work and joy that is surely yet to come!”

By way of Columbus, OH, Alexis joined PIVOT in 2018. She has nearly 20 years of experience, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Architecture from The Ohio State University. Along with her two sons, she loves exploring water channels on her paddleboard.

Jacky and Alexis join fellow PIVOT Associate Scott Clarke.


It’s Been a Great 28 – Kari G. Turner Retiring from PIVOT Architecture

Kari G. Turner, who has infused PIVOT Architecture with true collaboration, creative design, caring mentorship, and deep thoughtfulness for 28 years, will “sparkle” in retirement.

Nicknamed “Sparkles” for her enthusiasm, sense of humor, and ability to connect with others, Kari has inspired her PIVOT colleagues and clients for nearly 30 years. Now she’s ready to find a new spark.

“Over the last three decades of working with Kari I have learned that she loves working with people almost as much as she loves 80’s pop music,” said Principal Toby Barwood. “Her ability to connect with people has allowed her to build strong teams that function well. Her work has earned the trust of one agency after another, leading to an expansion of PIVOT’s involvement in communities across the West.

“She taught me the value of focusing on the people in every project… and to sing along with Madonna,” Toby said.

Kari has spent her entire 28-year career at PIVOT Architecture. She began as an administrative assistant in 1995 while attending architecture school at the University of Oregon and was hired as a full-time designer in 1997. She received her license to practice architecture in Oregon in 2002 and became an associate at PIVOT in 2007. In 2015, Kari became a principal, leading many of PIVOT’s projects with transit agencies.

A succession plan has been developed over the last six months and Kari’s tasks have been transitioned to the other principals and PIVOT’s robust staff, ensuring that all our clients’ needs are being met. Her last day at PIVOT is April 12.

“Just like no piece of glitter is the same, Kari is a one-of-a-kind,” said Principal John Stapleton. “From her architectural chops to her sense of humor, she has mentored so many people in our firm and taught us all well – we’ll be able to ‘carry’ on,” he said.

“OK, maybe I could use a few more lessons on humor,” he said laughing. “But she’s done a great job of bringing up our staff to fill her role.”

Kari’s projects have been endowed with a sense of purpose and fun and reflect her thoughtfulness, compassion, and competence. Some of the most notable projects that she’s been involved with are Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and transit center projects throughout the west including multiple projects in Utah and Washington, TriMet’s FX—the first BRT in Portland, Keizer Transit Center, Springfield Station, and the iconic EmX—one of the nation’s first BRT systems. Additional community projects include The Eugene Family YMCA, Roseburg Public Safety Center, and multiple facilities for the City of Eugene.

“When I started my career, I had no idea how big of a role transit would play in my life and career,” Kari said. “I love the connections that transit provides for communities. I love the collaboration with other talented designers, and I love the passion of the people who work every day to make our communities welcoming places for everyone.”

Transportation has always been something close to Kari’s heart. She is a frequent bus ride, a former board member for Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation, and a regular attendee and occasional presenter at MPact Transit + Community Conference (formerly Rail~Volution).

Kari believes establishing connections with people is critical in making projects a success. She’s been an advocate for universal design, the practice of creating facilities that are accessible to all users no matter their ability.

“Kari has been a strident advocate for public transportation and accessible design and she used that passion to make gorgeous architecture that worked for everyone,” Toby said. “She’s been a joyful mentor of young designers, always willing to pass on the lessons her career has taught her.”

Kari’s not quite sure what her next steps will be, but it’s a safe bet that they’ll lead to a fair amount of backpacking trips in the wilds of Oregon with her husband Garrett. Happy hiking, Kari!



The New Eugene Family YMCA

Thousands of people rely on the Eugene Family YMCA each day. Whether it’s for fitness, healthy living, child care, youth development, or a social meeting place, the Y really is a center of the community. Inside and out, the contemporary, 75,000-SF multi-purpose facility enables the nonprofit to grow and diversify how it serves the community in creating a brighter future.

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OGX BRT Makes Its Debut

The 22 platforms at 14 stations are inspired by the community’s strong historic architecture, Weber State’s cohesive campus, and the area’s unique geology. PIVOT engaged with stakeholder groups to develop three shelter concepts in a series of workshops. The “Strata” concept was selected and includes precast concrete columns that reflect the area’s stratified geology and its upheaval resulting from collision of the Great Basin and the dramatic mountains to the east.

Read more about the project.