Thank you to the High Desert Design Council for recognizing Wild Ride Brewing Co. (Redmond, Oregon) as Best Commercial Remodel in the 2013 High Desert Best of Design Competition! We’re proud of the taking part in the building’s transformation from lumberyard to brewery.
By Lynn Baker, NCIDQ, ASSOC. IIDA, Interior Design Professional
In early October, Seth and I attended an interior design and housing class in the School of Design and Human Environment at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis. No sooner were we back on campus than we had the overwhelming urge to return to the college life, sitting in bohemian coffee shops and devouring pizza. (We managed to do both during our day at OSU, although, not at the same time.) Our real purpose for being on campus was to work with students in instructor Elif Tural’s design class on a project for the quarter.
For their studio course fall quarter, senior students are collaborating with Ambient Architecture on the design of senior housing in Santa Clara, California. With The School of Design and Human Environment’s background in research and design for aging populations, the students are well prepared to fully investigate the design needs of seniors. We provided the class with the site plan for the project, and developed a program for students to follow.
Throughout the course, Ambient’s team is acting as a senior housing developer, providing basic information about the needs of the facility and allowing students to fully investigate options and code requirements, and provide us with solutions. The students’ tasks will include:
- Determining building placement;
- Designing floor plans; and
- Selecting materials.
Their methods will be similar to Ambient’s process when we begin work on the same project later this year.
During our visit to OSU, we discussed the program and presented an example senior living facility to the class. We were impressed with the attentiveness of the class, the enthusiasm, and the numerous questions asked. We look forward to seeing their progress when we view their midterm presentations later this month!
Seth Anderson of Ambient Architecture, LLC, in Bend has earned a license to practice architecture in the State of California. Anderson is also a licensed architect in Oregon, Washington and Texas. Additionally, he is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Anderson also holds a certificate with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. His work in California will include residential developments, senior living facilities and commercial projects.
Architectural intern Sara Laudenslayer has joined Ambient Architecture, LLC, as a job captain. In this role, Laudenslayer will coordinate design staff and consultants, as well as assist the firm’s principal architects with project management.
Laudenslayer brings more than eight years of commercial and custom residential design experience to Ambient’s growing architecture and interior design team. After spending the first five years of her career in southern California, Laudenslayer moved to Bend in 2010. Her work includes public, residential, master-planning, healthcare and numerous commercial projects in California, Washington and Oregon.
She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional for both commercial and residential projects, as well as an Earth Advantage Commercial Project Steward. She holds a bachelor’s of architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and is currently working toward licensure as an architect in Oregon.
“There’s no doubt that Sara will be a valuable asset to Ambient, considering her extensive experience in residential, commercial, LEED and healthcare design projects,” said Ambient Principal Architect Rachel Stemach. “We are excited about her joining our firm.”
Ambient Architecture, LLC, is a service-oriented architectural and interior design firm focused on innovative and sustainability minded solutions for commercial, industrial, residential and public projects in the southern and western United States. Current work includes:
- Senior housing, assisted-living and memory-care facilities;
- Commercial office buildings;
- Breweries and restaurants;
- Commercial remodels; and
- Tenant improvements.
Learn more about Sara and her professional experience on her bio page.
Jenny Chesley has joined Ambient Architecture, LLC, as an operations assistant. In this role, Chesley will offer administrative, organizational and business development support to Ambient’s principal architects and design team. In addition to running her family ranch, Chesley has worked in the accounting field and is an instructor at Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Bend. Chesley holds a bachelor’s of science in business with an emphasis in finance from Oregon State University.
For more information, see Jenny’s bio.
In conjunction with Downtown Bend’s First Friday Art Walk, Central Oregon Professional Architects Network (COPAN) will feature a showcase of work by local architects and architectural firms. On Friday, August 2, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the St. Clair Place building on Bond Street (920 NW Bond St.) participating architects will display their projects showcasing a variety of local talent and architectural specialties located in Central Oregon. Beverages will be provided.
COPAN promotes architecture professionals in Central Oregon and encourages collaboration among its members. For more information, call Renée Alexander (BBT Architects) at 541-382-5535, Seth Anderson (Ambient Architecture) at 541-647-5675 or Heidi Slayburgh (Pinnacle Architecture) at 541-388-9897.
Ambient Architecture Interior Designer Lynn Baker has earned certification from the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ).
NCIDQ is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals and works to protect public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are functional and safe as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Baker earned her certification after completing a bachelor’s degree in interior space design from The Ohio State University, accumulating two-plus years of experience working under the direct supervision of NCIDQ-certified interior designers and registered architects, and passing rigorous exams covering building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination.
Baker also holds a master’s of science in textiles/apparel design from Oregon State University and is a member of the International Interior Design Association.
“Lynn is a vital part of our firm, and her pursuing NCIDQ certification is an example of her professional drive and dedication to interior design,” said Seth Anderson, Ambient Architecture principal architect. “Having a certified interior designer as part of our team allows us to offer comprehensive services with a focus on quality and integrated architecture and interior design.”
Position closed 7/1/13
Position: Project Architect or Design Professional/Job Captain
Description: Ambient Architecture, LLC, is seeking a self-motivated Project Architect or Design Professional/Job Captain to join our growing firm located in Bend, Oregon. Candidates must align with our Core Values and have proven experience coordinating project design and documentation, as well as managing consultants and staff. This position requires both the ability to work under the guidance of Project Managers/Principal Architects while also managing staff and consultants. We are looking for a positive individual who works well both independently and as part of a dynamic team.
- Manage small projects independently; take direction from Principals on larger projects
- Write specifications and create reports
- Prepare architectural plans using BIM software following firm and industry standards
- Organize and delegate tasks to team members
- Management of team members, including interior design staff and architectural interns
- Observe construction in the field
- Respond to contractor questions and review product submittals during construction
- This position reports directly to the Principal Architects
- Master’s of Architecture or Bachelor’s of Architecture
- 3 years full-time architectural experience
- Administrative skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe products
- Experience with commercial and/or multifamily housing project types
- Highly organized and able to multi-task
- Minimum 5 years full-time architectural experience
- BIM experience, ArchiCAD a plus
- Licensed architect
- A talent and focus on design (please provide examples of built work in portfolio)
- LEED accreditation
Submission guidelines: Please submit cover letter; resume; three professional references; and three example of previous design work via email in PDF form to email@example.com. Web-based portfolios also accepted. No phone calls or drop-ins please. Receipt of all resumes will be acknowledged via email.
Compensation: Competitive (based on experience with benefits); full-time employees receive benefits package, including health care, paid holidays and vacation/personal time off
About Ambient Architecture, LLC
Established in 2010, Ambient Architecture is a growing commercial and residential architecture firm located in Bend, Oregon, with projects throughout the West Coast and Texas. Our work includes senior living facilities, multifamily residential housing, manufacturing, office, medical, retail, restaurants and custom home design, with an interest in sustainable building practices.
About Bend, Oregon
Beautiful Bend, Oregon, straddles the Deschutes River on the eastern border of the Cascade Mountain range. With a population of 80,000, our town offers a mix of urban and rural experiences with nearly limitless recreational opportunities. From skiing or riding Mt. Bachelor to snowshoeing, cycling, hiking, fishing, climbing and horseback riding, Bend is considered a mecca for those who enjoy the outdoors. Combine that with a robust restaurant culture and more than 13 microbreweries, and it’s no wonder Bend is one of the most talked about towns in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at www.visitbend.com or www.bendchamber.org.
At Living Futures 2013 unConference, without realizing it, I selected Resilience and Regeneration seminar topics that aligned with two of my strongest attachments to architecture: building reuse/adaptation and implementing carbon-reducing practices into existing buildings.
With dozens of topics for each morning and two straight days of afternoon sessions, I found it difficult to decide which seminars to take! The following are just a few items I brought home from the unConference.
Humans are essentially the planet’s only species that produce more CO2 than what we consume. A change in overall behavior is necessary to fully obtain sustainable living in order to reduce carbon output worldwide. Simple awareness of everyday choices can add up to significant total savings of energy, water and manufactured products.
Think about each vehicle trip you make, how many electronic devices are plugged into an outlet; when the irrigation system goes on to water your lawn; when you flush the toilet; when you buy paint for your home or a cheap plastic product at the store; what chemicals you use to clean your kitchen and bathroom.
The list is nearly endless, and it’s not expected that every individual quit wasteful habits cold-turkey, but making a conscious effort to consider the future implications of a choice today can make a difference, no matter how minute it may seem. One of the seminar presenters, Eric Corey Freed of Organic Architect, has a series of videos online that clearly depict the current state of our thinking and culture:
Sustainable Living Guidelines
Of the entire United States’ residential building stock, 1% each year is new homes. Only a handful of those built each year are Net-Zero or sustainable. With 99% of the residences in this country, each home has, in some way, a potential for reducing energy consumption, water consumption, hazardous materials or improving property (i.e. gardening for food, composting, treating storm water on-site, etc.).
With that all in mind, Freed highlighted five guidelines for truly sustainable homes and lifestyles:
- Grow your own food.
- Generate your own energy.
- Clean your water.
- Process your waste.
- Sequester your carbon.
Home Energy Audits
Home energy audits can determine where insulation values in walls, attics and crawlspaces are deficient. These audits can also determine insulation types and values to improve the home’s thermal envelope. Some improvements can include:
- Upgrading to an efficient water heater or furnace is possible, as well as Energy-Star rated appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators, dryers, etc.).
- Planting low-water landscapes and installing low-flow sink aerators and shower heads and low-flush toilets.
- Installing compact fluorescent lightbulbs and Kill-a-Watt power monitors.
- Using low-VOC paints and carpets, non-urea-formaldehyde added finish trim, cabinetry and furniture or FSC-certified lumber.
Of course, there are many more complex, expensive measures that can be used as well, but for the average homeowner, these are the simplest, least expensive options a homeowner can implement, and cost to benefit analysis pencil out, particularly when tax credits or available rebates are factored.
That just touches the surface of easy practices and doesn’t include more expensive measures such as PV systems, composting toilets, rainwater or greywater collection, window replacement, driving electric vehicles or purchasing carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re interested in learning more about unConference or upgrading your home or commercial buildings with sustainable, energy-saving features, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.