University of Oregon, Master of Architecture, Urban Design & Urban Architecture Specialization, 2017
Clemson University, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2011
Acrylic painting, rehabbing second-hand furniture, travel, hiking in the rain, doting on her pets
Lena’s love of creating and curiosity about the built environment combine with her drive for problem-solving to keep her engaged in architectural work. A mix of experience in residential design, urban planning, and building code consulting give her a unique perspective on the processes that create the world around us. Lena aspires to bring equity and universal design principles into her work and believes everyone deserves beautiful, functional spaces to connect with one another.
Nights and weekends you can find Lena heading out of town to try out a new trail with her dog, Wally, poking around a local craft market, or working on her latest art project.
University of Oregon, Master of Architecture, 2012
University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2008
Claire enjoys exploring and figuring out how things work! She invests her time into a broad skill set, including: drawing, watercolor and oil painting, growing food and ornamental plants and biking (she once biked from Canada to the tip of Baja California alone!) She is fluent in Spanish and volunteers weekly at a local hospital spending time with inpatients. Claire is on the board of her neighborhood association, the Coalition of Central Northeast Neighbors, and Shift, a bicycle advocacy group. She has a tuxedo cat named Gomez.
Claire is passionate about the bigger picture: creating sustainable places and enabling people to enjoy healthy lives! She started her career with Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps, has worked in several firms before EMA: Foster and Partners, KPF, and LS3P, and spent a few years venturing out as a general contractor working on residential projects in Portland.
She has pursued professional experience in diverse and integrative skill sets including landscape and permaculture design, gardening and urban farm management, construction, material salvage, and natural building.