PIVOT Architecture is a Bold Steps Finalist

For the second year running, PIVOT Architecture is a finalist in the City of Eugene’s Bold Steps Award. The Bold Steps program recognizes Eugene-based sustainable businesses and represents a partnership between The City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, and BRING’S RE:think Business program. The award recognizes local businesses that consider and balance all three aspects of the triple bottom line – people, planet, and prosperity – thereby addressing the community’s present needs without compromising future generations. The Bold Steps award honors businesses that embody this vision and are taking bold steps in each area of the triple bottom line. PIVOT is honored to have been selected along with Coconut Bliss and Hummingbird Wholesale as a finalists. Watch the PIVOT videos for 2017 and 2016.


PIVOT Wins 2016 Shaw Contract Design Is…Global Award

PIVOT Architecture is delighted to announce that it was won a 2016 Global Award from the Shaw Contract Design Is… program for the TriMet Center Street Report Area in Portland. PIVOT is one of six global winners selected from more than 450 applicants from 32 countries. The Center Street project provides support services and break spaces for TriMet bus operators, station agents, and transportation managers at the south Portland site. The Shaw program recognizes exceptional commercial interiors from around the world.


Newly Registered Architects

PIVOT is proud to announce that two of its design staff have recently become registered architects.

people_dawn_headshotDawn Sowby, AIA, became a registered architect in Arizona in August of 2016

Ellie Johnson, AIA, became a registered architect in Oregon in October of 2016

Congratulations to these dedicated professionals who have diligently worked through the rigorous registration process. To become architects they must have earned professional degrees, have documented three years of diverse work in required specific areas of professional practice, have passed seven exams administered by the National Council of Architectural people_ellie_headshotRegistration Boards, and have passed additional exams required by the states of their registrations.  PIVOT Architecture is proud to assist with the development of its professionals, which now number 13 registered architects and two NCIDQ-certified interior designers interior designers. Our staff, like the firm itself, is characterized by a desire for learning, growth and development. Dawn and Ellie have demonstrated a commitment to their chosen profession by documenting their substantive understanding of our complex profession. Congratulations!


PIVOT Fellowship 2017

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PIVOT’s proximity to the University of Oregon is one of the many benefits of being in Eugene. We value our engagement with the university and seek new ways of fostering the relationship we have with the school which, for many of us, is our alma mater. In 2017, PIVOT has initiated a program that will provide one UO architecture or interior architecture student with the opportunity to work with us for the summer in the PIVOT Fellowship. Unlike the typical summer internships, the PIVOT Fellowship intends to engage the student at a much greater level. The PIVOT fellow will, as part of the application process, submit a proposal for a project of their own invention. The nature of the project is open ended – we are encouraging applicants to think broadly about what they might want to do. The project could be related to design, technical matters, planning issues, or some other facet of our profession. With our guidance, the fellow will work with the office for the summer, developing their project while also engaged with more typical office activity with the entire staff. The fellowship is an opportunity to broaden the horizons of the fellow and firm alike.

The successful candidate will be introduced in April and share his or her project as it develops. The PIVOT fellow will host a presentation of the project next fall. We are excited about the kinds of explorations this process will foster, and about our ability to assist and encourage high achieving students at the University of Oregon.