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Fast ForWARD

February 6, 2017

5th Annual Fast ForWARD
Thursday, April 13, 6PM


Thia Bankey & Martha Peck Andrews
Cynthia Bankey Architect, Inc. focuses on custom design in the single + multi-family and small commercial markets. As an integral part of our vision, elements of sustainable design are incorporated in each project, including low toxic materials and methods, water and energy conserving strategies, and emphasizing human friendly spaces and amenities without compromising aesthetic or financial goals. The past twenty six years have brought the firm projects ranging from conceptual and minor residential remodels to multifamily and commercial work.
Projects in Oregon and Tennessee include commercial scale passive solar greenhouses, Cascadia Commons Cohousing, Alpha Apartments and the Zenger Farm Master Plan. Urban planning projects include the Portland Livable Cities Division Street Project, the North Downtown Vancouver Design Guidelines and work through the Storefront Improvement and Lighting Program of the Portland Development Commission.

Bankey graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B. Arch magna cum laude and a minor in Urban Planning in 1976. Professional Licensing is in Washington, Oregon and Tennessee. LEED Accreditation was achieved in 2006. She has worked with agencies providing affordable housing and family support services, and served as team leader for the Hurricane Katrina Response Mission sponsored by Architects Without Borders, Oregon in 2006.

Current projects are drawing on the mid-century modern and modernist stylings of her childhood. It all comes around again.

Martha Peck Andrews, FAIA, practiced architecture in Oregon for over thirty-five years in partnership with her husband, James E. Andrews. The firm of Andrews Architects has designed a range of commercial, industrial, historic renovation, institutional and residential projects with a particular emphasis in housing for elderly, disabled, and special needs residents. Andrews Architects’s design work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, and the Oregon Governor’s Livability Award.

After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1972 with her B.Arch. degree, Andrews worked in architecture firms in Texas and Oregon. She gained her Oregon architect registration in 1976. Within the next few years, Andrews and her husband simultaneously launched their firm and their family of two sons (born in 1977 and 1980). The next few years were a constant balancing act of family, architecture, and community service.

Andrews volunteered her time and skills in many community and professional organizations including: AIA Portland board of directors; AIA Oregon board (president 1995); Portland Planning Commission 1985-1992 (president for two years); Architecture Foundation of Oregon board of directors 1999-2003; Buckman Community Association; Architect-In-Schools; and Architects Without Borders. In recognition of her work in building communities and in service to the profession, Andrews was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1998, the third woman in Oregon to receive that honor.

Martha Peck Andrews and James Andrews retired from active practice in 2013 after designing and developing their own mixed use project, Ardea Corner, in inner northeast Portland. They now live there and Martha looks forward to getting out into the garden each morning.

Allison Bryan
Allison Bryan is the Founder and Creative Director at OSC—she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has over 15 years of design experience through her work in award winning architecture and design firms, including 5+ years working in design at Nike, Inc. Since the inception of Open Studio Collective in 2015, Allison has acted as the Creative Director on the wayfinding and brand storytelling at on multiple Nike World Headquarter expansion projects, and similarly at YARD, a new tower development on Portland’s east side. Also In 2015, Open Studio developed a large format letter press print of the Forest Park Trail system in Portland, OR as a way of documenting the beauty of Portland’s beloved Forest Park. In the last 2 years, projects such as the Clemson Experience (a collaboration with interactive studio Upswell) and Tone Fitness have been recognized for various awards from the IIDA Oregon and HOW Magazine. Today, Open Studio continues it’s focus on Space, Object + Identity, with projects ranging from ground up residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and brand experiences. Allison is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Abigail Carlen
As founder and principal of Turquoise Marketing, Abigail Carlen delivers thoughtful, results-oriented marketing, business development, and public relations services to design-oriented architecture firms of all sizes. A recent transplant to Portland, she brings seventeen years of experience leading and implementing marketing efforts for renowned and emerging architecture firms on both coasts. She holds BAs in Architecture and English from Connecticut College.


Han-Mei Chiang
Han-Mei is a Project Manager for Hoffman Construction. Prior to joining Hoffman Construction in 2006, Han-Mei worked as an architect for ZGF Architects. Her design experience includes sophisticated healthcare systems for a cancer treatment, as well as a LEED Platinum mixed-use tower. Han-Mei holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon. Her diverse construction experience includes Fab 42, a 1.3 million square foot fabrication facility for microprocessors; a complete replacement of baggage screening machines at Portland’s International Airport; Waterfront Pearl, an $80 million, two-tower condominium project; and most recently preconstruction work for a major expansion to Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Han-Mei is a LEED Accredited Professional, Licensed Architect, and serves as a board member of the Portland Chapter of the AIA.


Melody Emerick
Melody Emerick, President of Emerick Architects is a feisty, competitive, go-getter with a passion for design. With a love for Portland’s historic architectural legacy, and the hustle and desire to shape its current story, Melody is leaving her mark on the city she cherishes. Melody Emerick founded the firm 17 years ago and leads a lively studio of fifteen – ten of whom are women. In 2014 the Portland Business Journal named Emerick Architects the Small Business Company of the Year, citing Melody’s innovative management, her fun, fit, and spirited leadership, and her passion for Portland’s heritage. Melody pours her heart and soul into the design and construction of projects showcasing the firm’s hand with beautiful craftsmanship, smart functionality, and wonderful details. The firm has been honored with many awards from #2 for Oregon’s healthiest employer to IIDA people’s choice and was just named a 2017 Woman of Influence. From a small desk in a tiny attic space as her home office with a baby on each hip – to a beautiful studio in the heart of downtown with her grown daughters charting their own way, Melody’s story embodies Transition.

Maya Foty
Maya M. Foty is a Principal in Architectural Resources Group’s Portland, Oregon office. With additional offices in San Francisco, California and Pasadena, California, Architectural Resources Group specializes in working with historic properties and the design of new structures in sensitive environments. Maya received an MArch with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites from Columbia University. Maya worked for several years in Beyer Blinder Belle’s New York City office and was the 2013 recipient of the American Architectural Foundation’s Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, a mid-career honor that selects one American architect every other year to spend six months working with preservation architects and officials throughout France.

Brian Libby
Brian is a Portland freelance architectural journalist and critic who has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Dwell, Metropolis, The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, and Architect, among others. He also pens the Portland Architecture blog and is the author of Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline, a history of his favorite football team. Brian is an accomplished photographer, taking pictures for many of his articles and blog posts in addition to exhibits of his work at the American Institute of Architects in 2003 and 2011 (which were hailed by Oregonian critic D.K. Row as “beautiful images”). He is also an award-winning short filmmaker (whose work Los Angeles Timescritic Kenneth Turan called “hypnotic”), with a retrospective of his video travelogues held at the Portland Art Museum in 2007. Born in Eugene and raised in McMinnville, Brian is a 1995 graduate of New York University.