Chris White/AIA Oregon Scholarship Recipient

Eugene, OR—PIVOT Architecture is thrilled to announce Designer Francisco Toledo is one of two recipients of the Chris White/AIA Oregon Scholarship! Over the past six years at PIVOT, Francisco has worked on an assortment of projects including transit, K-12 and higher education, office remodels, and libraries.

As a part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Francisco was motivated to apply for the scholarship to work towards gaining his architectural license and achieving his goal of representing the Latinx community in architecture.

As a Latinx man, Francisco remembers a lack of Latinx professionals working in the architectural field as he grew up. “When you don’t see someone who looks like you or has lived your life experiences in the profession, that alone becomes a barrier” Francisco stated.

Francisco graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree with dual minors in Economics as well as Public Policy and Planning from the University of Oregon.
Since entering the profession, Francisco has dedicated his time to improving Latinx representation in the community. He has volunteered at the 4H Multicultural Camp, AIA Hip Hop Architecture Camp, and the Lane Arts Council as a role model to Latinx children. Francisco believes the Chris White Scholarship will help him achieve his goal of inspiring local Latinx youth.

Since 2015, the annual Chris White/AIA Oregon Scholarship for Emerging Professionals has been granted to one or more first-time architecture license candidates. The goal of the scholarship is to help offset financial barriers to licensure including education, training, and exam costs.


Cheers to Bill Seider’s 49 Years at PIVOT Architecture!

Bill Seider, FAIA, casts a long shadow.

At 6-foot-4, many people look up to the accomplished architect, but none more so than all the PIVOT Architecture employees fortunate enough to have worked with and for him. Bill’s retirement in June ended a 49-year tenure at the firm where his influence over the years has been immeasurable.

“Bill’s immense legacy extends far beyond his dedication and contributions to our firm,” PIVOT Principal Kelley Howell said. “His love for mentoring and supporting young professionals has been instrumental in the evolution of our firm. We’ve all been fortunate to learn from Bill and to be guided towards innovation, values-driven work, and connection to our community.”
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Meet PIVOT Architecture’s 2023 Fellows

Here comes double trouble! This summer, PIVOT has selected two students for the PIVOT Architecture Fellowship which is designed to let University of Oregon students explore a research project of their choosing and work within our project teams.

Josh Garhofer’s project focuses on the study of mobile home parks and manufactured housing looking at how their stigma influences neighborhoods. This stigma can lead to reduced property values, increased traffic, additional public infrastructure, increased risk of fire danger, and other issues. With affordable housing a pressing issue, his proposal aims to address this concern by understanding the viability of manufactured housing for creating sustainable, affordable housing developments that provide residents with safe and comfortable living conditions while changing the stigma of these types of housing.

Josh is from Seaside, OR and owns a home in Springfield, OR near a proposed manufactured housing community. He has a bachelor of arts in media communications with a minor in liberal studies from Oregon State University and is pursuing a master of architecture at the UO.

Willy Benjamin’s project looks at the feasibility of incorporating biogenic materials into conventional construction to sequester carbon and reduce the embodied energy of the built environment. With buildings contributing to nearly 40 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions, regenerative buildings have the potential to significantly reduce the negative impact on the environment. His project aims to explore the barriers to and opportunities for the implementation of proven, yet alternative building materials.

Willy is originally from Hotchkiss, CO and served in the Peace Corps in Senegal. He has a bachelor of arts in international studies with minors in French, writing, and rhetoric from Trinity College and is pursuing a master of architecture at the UO.

About the PIVOT Fellowship

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 selects fellows based on the nature of their project proposal and other factors. It is a paid position and the term runs from June until September. The fellowship is open to students for the summer preceding their final year of study at the University of Oregon. The fellows’ projects constitute half of the candidates’ responsibilities. Fellows will also be incorporated into PIVOT project teams for the duration of their term.


PIVOT is Hiring an Administrative and Marketing Assistant

This position has been filled.

PIVOT Architecture is seeking an enthusiastic Administrative/Marketing Assistant to provide administrative support for the firm. The position will be full-time, 40 hours a week, M-F during regular business hours. Duties include clerical, reception, general office coordination and cleaning, project-based support work, and marketing support.

This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, a friendly and helpful attitude, attention to detail and quality, and the ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously. A candidate needs to be well-organized, with the ability to work independently at times and collaboratively at others. A can-do attitude and creative enthusiasm are prerequisites. Experience with architectural, engineering, or construction firms is a plus but not required.

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