Hennebery Eddy’s First Day of Community Service

Hennebery Eddy Architects is no stranger to volunteering – as a staff and at the individual level, many of us have participated in efforts to give back to our communities. This year, the firm took its commitment to serve the community where we work, live and create a step further. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 12 Hennebery Eddy staff members participated in the firm’s first Day of Community Service. Employees were granted up to 8 hours to volunteer with a group or project of their choice. Read on for a summary of some of the projects!

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Happy Holidays from Hennebery Eddy Architects!

Sugary treats, greeting cards, and evergreen décor – the holiday season is in full swing and our office is embracing the holiday spirit! From our annual holiday party to our quarterly all-staff lunch and a white elephant gift exchange, we’re taking the time to celebrate a strong 2016.

All of us at Hennebery Eddy wish you and yours a joyful holiday season!

Sleeping Pod Initiative

No one can deny that Hennebery Eddy design staff member John Maternoski is involved in Portland’s architecture community. A 2014 graduate of the University of Oregon, John has worked with Habitat for Humanity, the AIA, and the Construction Specifications Institute. In Portland alone, he is on the board of directors of the Center for Architecture, he co-chairs the AIA Portland Emerging Professionals Committee, is a member of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and Design Museum Portland, and volunteers with other organizations around the city. In fact, he’s so involved that he started the Portland Design Events website to help the community keep track of it all. “I’ve volunteered a lot for the architecture profession,” says John, “but I hadn’t spent as much time using my architecture skills for those outside the industry.”

This fall, the City of Portland Mayor’s Office, the Center for Public Interest Design (CIPD) at Portland State University, the Village Coalition (a group of advocates, activists, and houseless individuals committed to combatting homelessness), City Repair, Communitecture, and Open Architecture Collaborative formed the Partners on Dwelling (POD) initiative and invited the design community to design and build small, beautiful and safe dwellings. The completed pods would be displayed in downtown Portland and then used this winter at Hazelnut Grove, a houseless village in North Portland. John joined his friends Julia Mollner and Nada Maani to form a team, giving them all an opportunity to put their skills to use with an immediate, tangible outcome.

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Office Pin Up: Sharing Memories through Photography

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At Hennebery Eddy, we believe that our work should foster delight in the human experience, and we find building solutions that make users feel special. Our firm practice bleeds into the everyday. From cherished moments with our families to inspirational travel, we seek moments that foster delight – and we document them.

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Challenge On: Join the 2016 EcoChallenge

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Think of something you do on a daily basis without even realizing it – locking your door, reaching for your smartphone, or checking your watch for the time. While some behaviors are simple and become engrained with little effort or thought, others take time, intention and daily practice to become habits.

This month, Hennebery Eddy invites you to consider how your habits – both good and bad – impact the planet, and encourages you to form new ways to improve your relationship with the environment during the 2016 EcoChallenge, which kicks off on October 14 – one week from today. Now in its 6th year, the EcoChallenge is a friendly, competitive, community-building way to reduce your impact on the planet.

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PDX Runway Run 2016

 

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Architects by day, runners by night – it turns out we have some talented runners on staff who showcased their speed at the PDX Runway Run/Walk 6k. Hennebery Eddy was an event sponsor, and we had a blast joining over 1,600 participants cruising down the north runway at Portland International Airport in celebration of the Port of Portland’s 125th anniversary.

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Lyrical Inspiration at the HEA Staff Retreat

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What happens when members of an architecture firm use music lyrics to inspire an open-ended, two-hour group exercise?

Last week, HEA held its annual staff retreat, a day-long reprieve from our usual mix of meetings and designing. Led this year by our associate principals, we explored personality types, work style tendencies, generational characteristics and cultural references that define our personal experiences. We enjoyed a Pecha Kucha-style refresher of our firm’s history and milestones. And we vied for points during a decades-themed round of trivia, fueled by a healthy dose of competition. Winners got first pick of a selection of song lyrics from different decades, hanging, without explanation, on the wall.

In the afternoon, we scattered in groups across downtown Portland, directed only to use our lyric and to come back in two hours with a 10-minute-or-shorter presentation to share with the firm. What would we do?

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Community Involvement through Leadership

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Congratulations to Gregg Sanders, an associate principal and higher education leader at Hennebery Eddy, who was recently elected as the Pacific Region Chair for the Society of College and University Planning. In a recent interview Gregg stated: “We are in an exciting time for college and university planning. Funding challenges, changing demographics, and evolving pedagogies are revising the role of traditional campus environments. Peer-Based and Distance Learning have transformed the meaning of “learning space.” SCUP has never been more vital to the future of higher education.” Congratulations Gregg!