Digital Collaboration: Designing During COVID-19

By Michelle Vo, Vice President

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 6/14/2020: In compliance with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order and restrictions in place for Multnomah County, Hennebery Eddy has extended the measures outlined below indefinitely. Be well, and stay safe.

At Hennebery Eddy, we are committed to supporting the health of our staff, families, business partners, and the greater community. In response to public health guidelines surrounding COVID-19, we have implemented the following provisions to enable us to continue providing a high level of service in these evolving circumstances.

  1. Hennebery Eddy staff members are working remotely until further notice.
  2. All Hennebery Eddy-coordinated meetings will be conducted as phone/video conferences.
  3. Where 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.
  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.

We will continue to monitor public health recommendations and evaluate modifications to these provisions as appropriate.

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 via our main line at 503.227.4860 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 these dynamic times.

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