Announcing Our 2020 Hatfield Scholar, Bethany Woods!
The annual  Hatfield Architectural Award honors a current Oregon architecture student for their commitment to community service and design excellence. We are thrilled to announce Bethany Woods, University of Oregon as our 2020 Hatfield Scholar!

Bethany has a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and History Minor from George Fox University, and is currently working toward her Master of Architecture degree at University of Oregon. She is active and engaged in community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Medical Teams International, and has extensive experience serving communities of diverse cultural backgrounds and needs. Her impressive service experience includes traveling to the Tōhoku region in Japan to help rebuild after the 2011 earthquake, working with members of the Navajo Nation, service trips to Fresno to assist Laotian refugees, teaching math to low-income third graders, and more. As stated in her application essay,

I have chosen to focus my education and career on the use of architecture to address social issues. Architecture and the provision of shelter can transform lives, and I am excited to work alongside others to make a social impact in building stronger sustainable communities.
Hatfield Scholars Luncheon
Join us at our annual Hatfield Scholars Luncheon on April 29 to celebrate Bethany and support the award for years to come!
AFO Hatfield Scholars Luncheon
Wed. April 29, 11:30am-1:00pm, Exchange Ballroom, 123 NE 3rd
Discount for AFO members and emerging professionals, individual tickets, and table sponsorships available
A Tribute to G.Z. Charlie Brown
Architect and UO Architecture Professor, G.Z. Charlie Brown, passed on February 15, 2020 at the age of 77. Former AFO President, Kent Duffy FAIA, reflects on his time working with Charlie.

" I had the privilege of collaborating with Charlie for twenty years and It was a treat to see his eyes light up when we were facing what seemed like a particularly daunting challenge. I came to think of him as someone who took great joy in revealing possibilities. Time after time he would demonstrate a key bit of information in such a compelling way that, first of all, you would understand it in depth, and second, you would be inspired for your project to demonstrate that concept at work. Whether it was with his students, the researchers in the lab or practitioners he was collaborating with, his goal was to transform that daunting challenge into an amazing success story of the project. It was thought provoking work and he loved it, and we loved how good he was at it. I am really going to miss him, and I am never going to forget him. "

- Kent Duffy FAIA, Former AFO President, SRG Partnership
Member Spotlight
Performance Contracting (PCI)
Paul Adelman, Business Development Manager
What project are you working on right now that you're excited about?

My job is to look to the future for business, and two projects have me excited. The Broadway Corridor and the Riverplace Redevelopment projects will change the face of our city by establishing new neighborhoods, offering more housing, and creating green spaces. PCI builds as much of our framing and drywall scope as possible in our off-site manufacturing facility. With prefab finally catching on in our industry, these projects offer a wonderful chance to collaborate early with the design team using the prefab filter.

What inspired you to become a member of AFO?

I have been in the construction world for 30 years and always enjoyed working with architects because I don't have that creative gene. AFO is great way to follow the architectural community and Architects in Schools is an amazing program. The Honored Citizen Dinner is a special event that never disappoints and I am always excited to be able to show respect for those that paved the road for all of us. I hope that through AFO, as an industry member, I can help bring ideas and experience to the design of our city.

What is your favorite building, park or place in Oregon?

I have always loved the Portland building. It is visually interesting and even entertaining, I think it was unfortunate that Michael Graves was made the scapegoat when it opened. Even though it is controversial, I am glad that it has been reinvigorated and repurposed to meet the original design intent by caring people that share my affection for the building.
AFO events listed in red below
AIA Oregon: Designing Size Inclusive Spaces with AllGo
March 5, 12pm, Center for Architecture, Portland
PJCE: Trio Untold at the Gordon House
March 14, 5pm, The Gordon House, Silverton
$15-75. Register
Oregon Active Transportation Summit
March 17-19, Oregon Convention Center, Portland
$225-280. Register
SMPS Market Mixer
March 18, 4pm, The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Portland
$60 members, $75 non-members. Register
AIA Oregon: Portland Building Perspectives
March 19, 5:30pm, Portland Building, Leah Hing Event Room
Your Street Your Voice Vital Voices Parkrose Presentations
April 1, 2pm, Parkrose High School, Portland
SMPS Design-Build Teaming Panel Discussion
April 2, 4:30pm, David Evans & Associates, Portland
$15-25. Register
Design Week Portland
April 18-25, Various locations around Portland
Design Museum Portland: We Design Exhibit
open till Apr 24, Clay Creative, Portland
AFO Hatfield Scholars Luncheon
April 29, 11:30am, Exchange Ballroom, Portland
$30-75. Register
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for supporting AFO this past month
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Clark/Kjos Architects
  • Geffen Mesher & Co.
  • Joachim Grube
  • Robert Grummel
  • Zeljka Carol Kekez
  • Knot
  • Mutual Materials
  • Solvei Neiger
  • Steve Neiger
  • Niedermeyer Risk Management
  • OEG, Inc.
  • Opsis Architecture
  • Otak
  • Elaine Paul
  • Portland Internetworks
  • Samata Consulting Engineers
  • Soderstrom Architects
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