Listen and ask why, before committing to what
Edit to the essentials
Foster delight in the human experience
Make places that are tied to their region and site
Take personal ownership
Think long term
Make others successful
Our office culture is rooted in collaborative, interactive decision making and encourages design input from all staff members and our clients. This collaboration results in projects that exceed their original goals in terms of design, programmatic response, and sustainable solutions.
Hennebery Eddy is recognized as a JUST Organization through the International Living Future Institute, reflective of the firm’s long-standing commitment to net-positive design, social responsibility, and workplace equity. Our voluntary disclosure of a range of organizational and employee-related metrics in six categories is our public pledge to evaluate areas for continual improvement. Hennebery Eddy Gives is our way of engaging and giving back to the community around us. Our certified LEED Gold studio, in the historic Pittock Block, is also a City of Portland Sustainability at Work gold-certified workplace, and we were named one of the “100 Best Green Workplaces” in the state by Oregon Business.
“It is extremely satisfying to work with a design consulting group that is not locked into a ‘this is the way we do it’ mode of approach to projects … I believe this willingness to explore a challenge rather than just follow a practiced process says a lot about the confidence that Hennebery Eddy has in its talent base as well as its general spirit of cooperation.”
— Gary Will,
former Construction Project Manager, Oregon Dept. of Administrative Services
Active listening is fundamental to our philosophy. We actively engage our clients, stakeholders, and facility users throughout the planning and design process. Our first role is to listen and learn in order to develop a deep understanding of our clients and their vision, mission, and goals.
We edit design solutions to their essentials, selecting long-lasting materials appropriate to the locale, and then limit that materials palette to the fewest necessary.
At Hennebery Eddy, we are inspired by design solutions resulting in buildings and places that make their users feel special and are adaptable and flexible enough to serve multiple generations — when we design and build structures with these characteristics today, they become culturally significant historic buildings worth preserving in the future.
How design relates to, reflects, and interprets its context and surroundings is the most important feature in creating a lasting sense of place. Great places are not created from a vacuum but come from responses to large- and small-scale conditions.
Our architects and designers take personal ownership of their work. Little things mean a lot to us in our relationships and spaces we design.
Our design philosophy is rooted in long-term thinking. Our process is an inquiry into how the built manifestations of ideas, sketches, and models will be direct and clear, engage and stimulate, foster deep environmental responsibility, be economically viable, relate to the land and their context, and establish a sense of place — today, and in 20, 50 or 100 years.
We build strong relationships with our staff, clients, consultant team members, contractors, users, the community, and regulatory staff to engage all parties and create ownership in the success of each project effort.
“Hennebery Eddy does an excellent job at not just listening but taking it a step further. They become part of the community, putting values of the owner in their work.”
— David Lageson,
former Director of Facilities, Eastern Oregon University