Effective July 6, 2021, Hennebery Eddy’s Portland office will be open during regular business hours. In March 2020, we successfully pivoted to remote work, and in doing so discovered both benefits and consequences to working from home. Ultimately, we have longed for in-person collaboration — there is something missing when we don’t spend time together in a shared space. Informal communication, happenstance, and checking in briefly as someone passes by have value and invite inclusion. In-person connections spark collaborative thinking and encourage design discourse. The people of this firm are the heartbeat and creativity driving Hennebery Eddy, and we look forward to being in each other’s company again.
Members of the firm will transition back to the office during July and August. After Labor Day, all Portland-based staff will work primarily from our downtown studio. In order to optimally serve our clients, the health of our staff, families, business partners, and the community remains a priority, and we will continue to monitor and comply with local and state health orders in Oregon and Montana. Firm members who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear masks in the office (but are welcome to for personal reasons); in alignment with our policy for firm members, masks are optional for guests who are fully vaccinated.
To ease into being in person after so many months of staying apart, in mid-June our Portland team gathered at Ash+Ash, and the Montana office enjoyed a courtyard happy hour, to celebrate the 10- and 20-year work anniversaries of several staff members. Being in each other’s company sparked a palpable energy that we look forward to sharing this summer and fall.
For a summary of our COVID-19 safety measures and modifications to business practices over the past 16 months, please visit the post “Hennebery Eddy Architects COVID-19 Procedures: Updated.”