PIVOT is pleased to welcome new and returning team members!
Craig Runyon has rejoined our team and leads the company’s business development and marketing strategy. His career spans the A/E/C industry, journalism, government, and graphic design highlighted by stints at the Washington Post, the Register-Guard, and Lane Transit District. He previously worked at PIVOT from 2014—2018 as the marketing coordinator. Craig has a B.A. in speech communication from George Mason University and a certificate in marketing strategy from Cornell University. He is an active member of SMPS and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Eugene-Springfield.
Molly Winter joins the PIVOT team after graduating from the University of Oregon this past summer. She was previously the board chair and executive director of Recode, a Portland-based sustainable water systems nonprofit. Molly gave a 2016 TedX presentation titled, “The Taboo Secret to Better Health,” which has nearly 2 million views. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has seven years of experience.
Luigi Ghersi joins the PIVOT team after graduating from the University of Oregon this past summer. He previously served as the PIVOT Fellow in the summer of 2019 focusing on how architecture can improve K-12 education. Luigi has a B.S. Architectural Studies from the University of Utah and a Master of Architecture University of Oregon.
Alisha Hinkle has rejoined the PIOVT team to bolster the interior design department. She has a Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. Alisha previously worked at PIVOT from 2017—2019 before joining an interior architecture firm in California. She has four years of experience.
Congratulations to Designer Nita Tjahjana, PIVOT Architecture’s newly-certified passive house consultant!
In receiving the certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), a non-profit promoting high-performance passive buildings, Nita has honed her ability to design more sustainable facilities.
In the process of earning this certification, Nita learned the principles of passive building and trained using passive modeling techniques. Nita and PIVOT Designer Clay Neal, who is also passive house certified, use this knowledge to design more sustainable projects.
“I am just always curious about building technology and to learn more about the different metrics of how to make buildings more efficient,” Nita said. “It is one way of approaching sustainability and I have always liked when things are quantifiable.”
PHIUS+ provides design and construction standards ensuring sustainable quality assurance. Buildings meeting PHIUS+ standards use 40-60 percent less energy and provide high indoor air quality along with a quiet, comfortable environment.
Alison Kwok, an architecture professor at the UO, urged Nita to pursue certification with her systematic in approach to design.
As we head into a second week of devastation from wildfires raging throughout Oregon and much of the West, our hearts and thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and property during these trying times. Our unending gratitude goes out to those battling blazes, donating to relief organizations, and members of our strong community who volunteer to aid those affected.
For us at PIVOT, the majestic area is hallmarked by the McKenzie Ranger Station which fortunately is out of harm’s way for the time being. It has been a starting point as well as a place to rest and regroup during many of our excursions into the seemingly enchanted forest.
Please take care of one another during these incredibly difficult times.