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SparkLab Career Expo Connections

There was somewhat of a role reversal using the SparkLab space that we designed for Connected Lane County, the important non-profit that links industry to public schools in the area.

Connecting with area middle school students at the middle school Elevate Career Expo and giving them a taste of design  architecture was invigorating. We showed students some of the ins and outs of the design process and had them try their hand at sketching by either drawing the floor plans to their house or using trace to replicate an elevation of an project we’re working on.

Some students knuckled down immediately and started to draw. Others needed a little nudge to get started, but once they did their attention to detail and sketching ability was fun to watch.

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2022 PIVOT Fellowship Application Opens

The PIVOT Fellowship is intended as a means of fostering original thought about issues outside the daily routine or obvious future trajectory of the thought process of our firm. PIVOT Architecture will select one applicant partially based on the nature of their project proposal. The term runs from June till September.

Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2022, and should include project proposals, on a unique topic of the candidate’s choosing, along with a cover letter, portfolio, resume, and faculty references.

The Fellowship is open to University of Oregon BARCH, BIARCH, MARCH, and MIARCH students for the summer preceding their final year of study. One student will be 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.

Information sessions:

Monday, October 25th, 2021, 5:15-6:15, LA206
Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:15-6:15 on Zoom
See https://design.uoregon.edu/events for more information.

For more information, see our Fellowship page.

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Welcome to the PIVOT Team, Aero!

Aero Bechtle is a designer who recently received his Bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a thesis on accessible lighting design. He loves to hike, make music, swim, play video games, and try new recipes. Aero is passionate about designing for everyone, regardless of demographic and abilities.

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Clay Neal, Newly Licensed Architect

Congratulations to Clay Neal, PIVOT Architecture’s newest registered architect!

Clay began his journey at PIVOT in 2017 as the inaugural PIVOT fellow while studying at the University of Oregon. Shortly after his graduation the following year, Clay returned to PIVOT as a full-time designer. Since, Clay has contributed immensely to the team by tackling projects like transit design to K-12.

“Architects use their imagination, creativity, and problem-solving abilities to respond to some of the toughest issues our communities face,” Clay said. “I’m excited to join a profession focused on creating beautiful and affordable housing, smarter and more vibrant cities, and universally accessible places that we all love to be in.”

“Clay is incredibly thoughtful in his design because is so good at listening to the client and understanding their needs,” said fellow architect Alexis Sliwinski.

Clay is aiming to use his architectural and stellar client relation skills to find solutions for the “Missing Middle” housing crisis, which was the focus of his 2017 PIVOT Fellowship.

Clay joins the fifteen other registered architects at PIVOT Architecture.