Alan Osborne, AIA, vice president and principal at Hennebery Eddy Architects, has earned his Assoc. DBIA certification.

Alan Osborne Retires from Hennebery Eddy Architects

After 20 years of award-winning design practice, operational leadership, staffing management, and professional development oversight, Hennebery Eddy Architects Vice President Alan Osborne, AIA, has retired from the firm.

Alan joined Hennebery Eddy in 2000, designing and managing higher education, institutional, commercial design, public facility planning and renovation, site master planning, and hospitality projects. Throughout his career, clients have appreciated his attention to detail, proactive management style, and problem solving – he was described by one client as “not just seeing a potential problem up ahead, but seeing it from down the street and around the corner.”

Alan’s thoughtful, detail-oriented approach to design and focus on the human experience spans markets and project size. Early in his career with Hennebery Eddy, he served as project manager for the design of the Loyola Jesuit Center in Portland, the design of which was recognized with local, regional, and national awards. More recently, his design leadership for 1,600-square-foot Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel at Seattle Preparatory High School resulted in a Religious Architecture Honor Award from the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture and Faith & Form Magazine, and a Wood Design Award from US WoodWorks. Alan was also principal-in-charge of some of the firm’s significant higher education projects, including the rehabilitation of 116,000-square-foot Strand Agriculture Hall at Oregon State University, completed in 2016, and Cordley Hall at OSU, currently in construction. Alan’s recent civic and government projects include the 2019 DeMuro Award-winning Sherman County Courthouse in Moro, Oregon, and seismic retrofit and interior modification of the Oregon State Supreme Court building in Salem.

Alan was instrumental in forming the Oregon chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America, helping to establish Hennebery Eddy as a leader in design-build and alternative project delivery methods. He earned his certification as an Associate Design-Build Professional, one of only three professionals to earn certification in Oregon in 2018.

Congratulations, Alan! Thank you for your countless contributions to the firm. We will miss your steady leadership, foresight, and counsel, and will ask ourselves regularly, “What would Alan do?”

Hennebery Eddy Architects and Comma-Q Architecture Merge to Establish Integrated Intermountain West Design Team

PORTLAND, ORE., and BOZEMAN (December 15, 2020) – Hennebery Eddy Architects of Portland, Ore., and Bozeman and Comma-Q Architecture of Bozeman today announced their merger into a combined firm serving clients throughout the West effective January 1, 2021. With a unified set of values, design philosophy, and focus on client service, the combined practice will serve academic, civic, cultural, aviation and private-sector clients throughout the region.

Seeking to foster net-positive environmental outcomes for all projects and bringing the expertise of Hennebery Eddy’s robust historic resources group to landmarks across the region, the combined firm will have an architectural, interior design and planning staff of 70. Ben Lloyd, AIA, founder of Comma-Q, will become a principal and vice president of Hennebery Eddy and will remain the leader of the Bozeman-based team. The Bozeman location will be known as Hennebery Eddy Architects’ Comma-Q Studio.

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Digital Collaboration: Designing During COVID-19

Working in isolation is a strange feeling for architects and designers. Our discipline is, forgive the pun, built on the concept of iteration: sharing and critiquing ideas, revising our work, learning from one another, and turning moments of inspiration into viable designs solutions. At its best, the practice of design causes a buzz of excitement and collaboration; in our most frustrated moments, the support of colleagues to critique and question our work can make all the difference in driving ourselves to dig deeper for innovative solutions.

Though the Hennebery Eddy team is working remotely, we definitely aren’t isolated. In fact, we became a fully remote workforce in a single business day and smoothed out minor wrinkles in about a week. To do so, we drew from lessons learned by our aviation projects team, which has a field office at Portland International Airport (PDX), and digital collaboration with partner architectural firms in Denver, Chicago, and the Bay Area and other consultants across the United States and internationally.

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Make Others Successful: Hennebery Eddy Announces 2020 Promotions

Firm expands leadership team and promotes design, marketing and administrative personnel

The addition of three principals at Hennebery Eddy Architects brings its leadership team to eight, a move that supports the firm’s steady and significant increase in project scale and scope and number of employees. Architects Andrew Smith, AIA, Kyle Womack, AIA, and Will Ives, AIA, were named principals, recognizing their ongoing design and operational contributions. The firm also named principal Michelle Vo, AIA, a vice president of the firm, joining officers Timothy Eddy and Alan Osborne.

“Our firm has grown significantly over the past several years. Scaling up our leadership team accordingly is very important and will help us to continue to excel going forward,” said Hennebery Eddy Architects president Tim Eddy.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects COVID-19 Procedures (Updated)

Updated 1/11/2021:

Hennebery Eddy is committed to supporting the health of our staff, families, business partners, and the greater community while continuing to provide a high level of service during the ongoing pandemic.

In compliance with ongoing orders by the governors of Oregon and Montana, Hennebery Eddy implemented the following measures in our Portland and Bozeman offices related to COVID-19. Because of these careful health and safety measures that we have followed for many months, our current protocols remain unchanged.

  1. Hennebery Eddy’s Portland studio is closed to the general public but open for staff members on a very limited basis. Staff do have the option to work in the office on scheduled days; however, most staff continue to work remotely and are encouraged to do so. All staff are required to follow the firm’s safety guidelines to reduce risk when in the office and maintain a healthy work environment.
  2. Hennebery Eddy’s Comma-Q studio in Bozeman is open to a select group of employees, while others work from home to reduce the capacity in the office. All staff are required to follow the firm’s safety guidelines to reduce risk when in the office and maintain a healthy work environment.
  3. Wherever possible, we will encourage the use of virtual construction site visits.
  4. If in-person meetings or construction site visits are required, we will limit the number of staff in attendance and follow a set of safety procedures, including those for physical distancing.
  5. Business travel is limited and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Staff who must travel for business will follow a set of safety procedures, including those for physical distancing and possible self-quarantine.
  6. We will make the necessary personal protective equipment available to our staff for in-person meetings, site visits, and travel, including face coverings, portable barriers, sanitizer, and gloves.

Hennebery Eddy is dedicated to our clients, the quality of our project work, our project teams, and each other. We take to heart the value of making others successful, regardless of where we are physically working. We remain accessible via email and phone and can be reached at our main lines (503.227.4860 PDX and 406.585.1112 BZN) and the direct lines or mobile numbers listed on our email footers and business cards. We thank you for your patience as we collectively navigate business during the global pandemic.

Please contact us with questions or if you require any assistance, and be well.

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Staff Inspire High School Students Through Architecture Industry Mentorship

Architect Cara Wessel and interior designer Abby Cridland share about their experience volunteering with the ACE Mentor Program. The firm annually sponsors and enables staff to participate in this architecture industry mentorship as part of our Hennebery Eddy Gives program.

Cara (standing left) explains architectural design concepts to students during a mentor session in the Hennebery Eddy office.

Describe how the ACE program works.

Cara: ACE is an after-school program for high school students interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. Students are placed on teams and collaborate on a building design project under the mentorship of industry professionals from each of the three disciplines. Over the course of 12 meetings, the students learn about different phases of design through presentations, hands-on activities, and construction site visits. The mentors guide the students to complete their design project and present it at the end-of-year program.

Abby: These students are from all over the Portland metro area and are grouped together to create their own project. I even had a student who traveled from Jefferson County — that’s almost a three-hour drive! Each ACE session is hosted at a mentor’s office. This gives students a sense of not only how we work but were we work, helping make what they are learning more real.

What was your goal for the students in ACE?

Cara: I wanted to inspire the students and demonstrate the immense impact they can have on the built environment and the surrounding community.

Abby: My goal was to teach them about teamwork and communication: how it’s not up to a single person or discipline to make all of the decisions for a project, and all of the disciplines have to communicate for a project to be successful. I also wanted to teach the students there are multiple avenues in the ACE industry. I am the only interior designer in the ACE Mentor Program, so I show students how important it is to look at the interior of the building, the psychology of space, and different design principles to make building users comfortable.

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A group of young adults stand on the lawn outside of a the Aubrey Watzek House, an example of Pacific Northwest regional Modernism.

Building the Future of Historic Preservation: Teaching a Course on Building Preservation Plans

Nestled on a hilltop above Skyline Boulevard in Southwest Portland, the Aubrey Watzek House sits quietly, almost as a suspended moment of early modernism just minutes from downtown Portland. The Watzek House, designed by renowned Oregon architect John Yeon and built in 1937, is his masterpiece in wood and the precursor to Pacific Northwest Regional Modernism. The house is now owned by the University of Oregon’s College of Design.

This famous house has carefully articulated use guidelines — and designation as a National Historic Landmark and a local City of Portland landmark. But the house, like any aging structure, is showing its susceptibility to age and the Pacific Northwest elements. While a roof replacement is planned for the short term, the Watzek House requires a long-term preservation plan that takes a proactive approach to anticipating, planning for, and implementing maintenance and repairs that retain the historic building’s integrity. A comprehensive look at the building’s current condition, use, and its future is also long overdue. This need is the impetus behind a graduate-level historic preservation planning course taught by principal David Wark and associate Carin Carlson at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture & Environment Historic Preservation Program.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects Hires CFO; Associate Principal Named to City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission

Hennebery Eddy Architects CFO Kim Davis and associate principal Andrew Smith, AIA,
CFO Kim Davis, and associate principal Andrew Smith, AIA

Hennebery Eddy Architects has welcomed Kim Davis as its Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager. Davis brings more than 20 years of professional accounting, finance, and operations leadership, including financial analysis and reporting, forecasting, budgeting, and financial modeling. She manages and implements strategic and day-to-day business and financial operations of the firm. Working closely with the leadership team, she is responsible for financial administration and management, firm-wide project financial management oversight, corporate operations, risk management, and oversight of the firm’s administrative team and human resources.

“Kim’s experience and skills are a strong match for the firm as we shape our strategic plan for Hennebery Eddy’s ongoing evolution and growth,” said Tim Eddy, FAIA, firm president.

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