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Opsis Founding Partner Jim Kalvelage named to AIA College of Fellows

March 4, 2019 – Portland, Ore. – Opsis Architecture (Opsis) announces that founding partner Jim Kalvelage has been elevated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to the College of Fellows.

This honor, in the design category, is bestowed to AIA members who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation. The stringent requirements and application process result in fewer than four percent of the AIA members holding the FAIA distinction.

Mr. Kalvelage’s application highlighted his contribution to the profession and public architecture through his acclaimed design work, including multiple projects at Western Washington University, the Price Science Commons + Research Library at the University of Oregon, the Pavilion project for Bend Parks and Recreation District and the Firstenburg Community Center in Vancouver, WA, among many others.  Throughout his career, Jim’s work on educational, cultural arts and community recreation projects have been recognized with more than 60 local, regional and national design awards. An Oregon native and graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture, Mr. Kalvelage’s design career spans tenures at Gwathmey-Siegel & Associates Architects in New York and BOORA Architects in Portland prior to forming Opsis Architecture in 1999.

Opsis Partner John Shorb said “I have been fortunate to not only witness Jim’s public contributions, but to have worked with an amazing mentor and collaborator. He has guided the creation and growth of a community-focused studio that is shaping our region and each of us as professionals.”

Jim will be honored at an investiture ceremony this June in Las Vegas at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019.

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