February 8, 2017 – Portland, Ore. – Opsis Architecture announces the promotion of two Senior Associates to the level of Associate Principal; and one Associate to Senior Associate.
Joe Baldwin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal. He has been an active member of the Los Angeles and Portland design community for nearly 20 years, including 5 years at AGPS Architecture in Los Angeles where he played a prominent role in the design of multiple award-winning projects and international competitions such as the Portland Aerial Tram. For over 11 years at Opsis, Joe has been a Project Architect and Lead Designer on several award-winning, sustainable higher education and community-based projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. With a passion for land art and a deep appreciation for the vibrant landscape of the Pacific Northwest and meditative minimalism of the desert Southwest, Joe is interested in the dynamic interplay between landscape, site specificity, social environment, sustainability and built form. Joe recently completed the award-winning Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona, a unique blend of enrollment services / academics and athletics within a singular structure that is lauded for its thoughtful integration of architecture and place making within a desert environment. Currently, Joe is the Project Architect and Lead Designer for the Beaverton Center for the Arts, a multi-purpose performing arts theater and arts education center located along the banks of Beaverton Creek adjacent to the Beaverton Round.
Joe is the leader of Opsis’ Design Culture Committee, charged with enhancing the vision and creative experience of the entire firm. He organizes and oversees multiple design reviews for each project, moderating and promoting design discourse while ensuring design excellence during all phases of the design process. Joe has been active in the academic community in Los Angeles and Portland, where he has co-led or assisted several design studios. He is currently teaching Campus of Hope: Addressing Portland’s Homelessness Crisis, a graduate design studio at the University of Oregon, Department of Architecture and Allied Arts in Portland. He was lead designer for the award-winning project titled UNCLOUDED Vision, a transitional housing, shelter and rehabilitation center for Portland’s homeless population that won 1st Place honors for the 2015 AIA STITCH II Ideas Competition.
Joe enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. “For over 11 years at Opsis,” Joe said, “I have witnessed the collective and collaborative energy, design talent and culture really blossom in our studio. I look forward to continuing to take a prominent leadership role in translating these inherent qualities into memorable, sustainable, and lasting works of architecture.”
John Shorb, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal. Prior to joining Opsis, John worked for four years at Ziger Snead Architects in Baltimore, MD on award winning projects such as the Maryland Historical Society Museum and also spent time in Botswana where he volunteered in University of Botswana architecture studios. John has been a leader on multiple performing arts projects including the award winning Reed College Performing Arts Building, Pierce College Arts and Allied Health and currently the new theatre for Bag & Baggage Productions building upon his education in the theater at Vanderbilt University. The office appreciates John’s well rounded understanding of design from early concepts and planning through the complex detailing and construction administration. He has presented nationally at Association of College Unions International conferences and been a key member of multiple union projects including the Oregon State University Student Experience Center and, currently, the Western Washington University Ethnic Student Center.
John is a long-time leader in setting and attaining ambitious sustainability goals for all Opsis projects and for the larger Portland architectural community. He is the former co-chair of the AIA Portland Committee on the Environment (COTE) where he helped establish the annual Green Champions summit and institute training for architects to track and record energy usage for design award submissions. At Opsis, John led the development and goal setting included in the Opsis Sustainability Action Plan. He has been active with the International Living Future Institute, spearheading the first Legacy project in the Portland Cully neighborhood.
An avid mountain biker, John is married and has two young children who he enjoys exploring the mountains and deserts of the Pacific Northwest with by bike, float, and foot. “I am excited to continue to be part of the leadership reinvigorating our role as design and community leaders openly addressing issues of social welfare, urban development and sustainable design,” said John.
Jennie Cambier, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Jennie has been promoted from Associate to Senior Associate. Jennie brings over 11 years of experience on a wide variety of public and educational projects. She has specialized experience in higher education athletics and recreation projects. She served as Project Architect on the Health and Wellness Center at Western Oregon University and worked on the Kibbie Dome Renovation and Expansion for the University of Idaho. Prior to getting a masters in architecture from the University of Oregon, Jennie taught ESL and channels a passion for learning and education in her K-12 work. Currently she is working with the Hood River County School District on several school projects including the design of a new elementary school. She was a designer for Jackson and Roosevelt Elementary Schools for Medford School District. Recently she was the project architect and designer of the new Education Center for the Oregon Zoo, which will open in early 2017 and supports the Zoo’s mission—a mission that Jennie ascribes to in her own life: to inspire the community to explore nature in their own backyard, to see wildlife conservation in action and to act locally and globally on behalf of the natural world.
“During my Opsis tenure I have gotten married, bought 2 houses and had 2 kids”’ said Jennie, “I have gone through big life changes, and the firm has also grown and developed. We have great people, great projects and great clients. There is so much positive momentum and I am excited to contribute to the firm’s future success. This month I will be bringing my two kids to the grand opening of the Oregon Zoo Education Center, a project I helped design with the knowledge that one day I would be able to share it with them – and that they and the community will enjoy it for years to come.”
Jennie is currently working to design May Street Elementary School in Hood River, which is right in alignment with the studio’s goals—and her own: working with communities to create transformative, responsible spaces that will serve all the people of Hood River County in healthy, sustainable ways. She comments that her life imitates her work incorporating the principals of enjoying the outdoors, participating in community sustainability projects, and dedicating time to family: in her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, cooking and chasing after small children (usually her own).