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.



PIVOT Associate Steps Up As AIA-SWO President


PIVOT Associate Katie Hall, AIA, will serve as president of the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-SWO) for 2017. The AIA is a membership organization that supports the profession of architecture at local, regional, and national levels. The AIA-SWO chapter supports the architects and the communities they serve of nine counties reaching from the coast eastward into central Oregon. The organization offers continuing education, advocacy, and comradery while providing a voice for the power of the built environment to improve our health, commerce, and enjoyment of life. Katie is determined to use her presidency to further architects’ participation in the conversations our communities are having about their infrastructure, development, sustainability, planning, and meaning.  Her energy and clarity of vision promise to bring the chapter a year of strong contributions to the vitality of our chapter. Katie joined PIVOT in 2009 and follows past AIA-SWO presidents Scott Clarke, Bill Seider, Curt Wilson, and Eric Gunderson. PIVOT is delighted to support her efforts in giving back to the architectural community.