Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern: Introducing Madelaine

Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern Madelaine Murray working at Hennebery Eddy Architects. The NZEL internship is funded from a grant from Energy Trust of Oregon.
Net Zero Emerging Leaders intern Madelaine Murray consults with design staff and sustainability committee member Pooja Kashyap.

In 2019, Hennebery Eddy received a Net Zero Emerging Leaders Internship grant from Energy Trust of Oregon to hire a sustainable design student intern to help us comply with our Architecture 2030 Commitment, integrate new sustainable design QC checks throughout our design process, and conduct post-occupancy evaluations focused on building performance. The internship demonstrates our dedication to the 2030 pledge and our broader net-positive philosophy and integrated sustainable design process. In the first of a series of blog posts, intern Madelaine Murray shares her initial reflections from the experience.

I’m Madelaine Murray, a graduate student in the College of Design at the University of Oregon – Portland. One of the advantages to studying in Portland is the ability to work at an architecture firm alongside classes, especially in a city acting as a hub for sustainable culture and mindful design. Hennebery Eddy is a very familiar name at the UO Portland, advocating for net-positive design, and several staff members have served as visiting reviewers for student projects. Hennebery Eddy is certainly a role model for successful projects rooted in context and for utilizing design principles relating to sustainability and thinking long term. University of Oregon encourages students to think beyond the buzzword of “sustainability,” allowing students to focus on many different avenues of design, such as adaptive reuse, resiliency, and energy efficiency. What was enticing about becoming a Net Zero Emerging Leader is advocating for these concepts beyond the academic realm. Reading about a building’s energy use in a textbook is not nearly as impactful as discussing it with a project team aiming reach a specific EUI goal. In a way, the NZEL program lets aspiring architects like me watch these sustainable design principles come to life.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects Receives AIA Northwest + Pacific Region Firm Award

Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture through design excellence and elevating the quality of the built environment

Hennebery Eddy Architects - 2018 Firm Award Recipient from AIA NW+PR

Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc. is honored to receive the 2018 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects Northwest & Pacific Region (AIA NW+PR). This award distinguishes an architectural practice for excellence in design, contributions to the profession, a record of community engagement, and a commitment to fostering an exceptional work environment.

The award was presented November 15 as part of the 2018 AIA Honolulu Design Symposium. Noted regional strategic council representative Dave Huotari, AIA, during the awards ceremony, “Comments from the jury were that ‘[the firm’s] pure design execution clearly set them apart. Hennebery Eddy Architects was the strongest choice for this award.’”

In the past two years – including the firm’s 25th anniversary year – Hennebery Eddy has achieved a “personal best,” working on the designs of its largest, most sustainable projects to date by its most diverse staff to date, all while seeing business growth. Established 26 years ago, the firm emphasizes a collaborative design process, professional development, and personal growth and expression among staff. This office culture encourages design input from all staff members and clients, resulting in award-winning projects that exceed their goals in design, programmatic response, and sustainable solutions. The practice is also recognized as a JUST Organization through the International Living Future Institute, reflective of a long-standing commitment to net-positive design, social responsibility and workplace equity.

“In receiving the Firm Award, Hennebery Eddy is in the company of firms we have admired since we launched in 1992.  The honor is tremendous and reflects our values, our people, our clients, and our teams and the work we all do together,” said Timothy Eddy, FAIA, firm president.

To explore key ideas and selections from the firm’s award submission, please visit the firm award page.

Hennebery Eddy’s First Community Service Scholarship

In 2018, Hennebery Eddy awarded its first Community Service Scholarship to associate Nick Byers, AIA, supporting his proposal to provide design services to a school with limited access to volunteer design professionals. The community service scholarship is part of the firm’s larger philanthropic effort, Hennebery Eddy Gives, which provides a framework for volunteering, financial contributions, and pro bono work to support community development where we work, live, and play. Here, Nick shares the process, successes, and lessons learned from his project.

Hennebery Eddy community development service project - Newly constructed raised planters at Clackamas River Elementary School
Newly constructed raised planters at Clackamas River Elementary School.

Please describe your service project. How did you conceive of it? 

In the summer of 2014, I volunteered with a group at an elementary school in Portland, where we assisted in improving a tired courtyard into a vibrant open space, complete with new landscaping, raised planters, and trees. The effort was led by a local construction company, and the final product was a beautiful new courtyard that gave the school a greater sense of pride and provided the opportunity to add gardening and healthy eating to its curriculum.  My fond memories of this project inspired my service project proposal for Hennebery Eddy’s community service scholarship.

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