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PIVOT Adds New Designers

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.

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World Athletic Championships – Oregon22

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!

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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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DDS Grand Opening

Lane County cut the ribbon on its newest facility with the grand opening of the Developmental Disabilities Services building, designed by the PIVOT Architecture team.

The DDS department, once housed in the basement of the Public Service Building, now occupies a natural light filled new facility that Lane County Commissioner and Board Chair Pat Farr called a beacon of the community.

“How many dreams have gone into this?” he asked rhetorically. “The design of this building is remarkable. The way the offices are arranged, the use of color, and natural light is so well thought out and intentional.”

“This building is welcoming and client focused,” said Health and Human Services Director Eve Gray. “It is a calming and quiet space that is a tangible commitment to our community.”

The team used trauma-informed design as a guiding principle to create a facility to serve a vulnerable population. The healthy and sustainable facility that was created with durable materials has flexibility for future growth and was designed to LEED Silver standards.

The 26,000-SF facility was built by Essex General Construction.

“This facility represents so much more than a building,” said Carla Tazumal, DDS division manager. “It serves a venerable section of the community.”

DDS supports about 1,700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities helping them lead fulfilling lives by coordinating self-directed support services, encouraging independence, and finding personal and meaningful relationships.

“I’m proud to be part of building that means so much to me and so many others,” said Stephen, a DDS client and advisory board member. “LCDDS helps me to be stable. Accessing a building can be challenging that others might not understand. The way this building is designed will help lead to more positive outcomes and more stable lives for the clients as well as their friends and families.”

“I’ve watched people succeed and achieve as a result from work with LCDDS,” said Lisa D, an adult foster care provider more than 60 people. “They provide an amazing and vital service to thousands in the community. This building is intentional in its design and it means easier access with fewer stresses to the DDS clients and their care providers.”