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Elisa Ahn Senior Associate | Architect
Elisa Ahn,
AIA, Assoc. DBIA
Senior Associate | Architect

Elisa’s interest in the intersection of architecture and adjacent disciplines such as art, finance, and real estate development has shaped her career as an architect and project manager. With a background in a range of market types, such as office, housing, civic and mixed-use, Elisa is skilled in driving projects forward while navigating complex stakeholder relationships. Eternally curious and optimistic, Elisa loves to read and learn about new ideas that reframe her understanding of the world. She values experiences that delight the senses and bring engagement with the present moment.

email: elisaa@opsisarch.com

Joe Baldwin Principal
Joe Baldwin,
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Principal

A Principal at Opsis, Joe is interested in the dynamic interplay between landscape, site specificity, social environment, sustainability and built form. His design career has spanned Portland and Los Angeles, 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. As a design leader and visionary at Opsis, Joe guides design teams on the creation and development of projects for higher education, K-12 education and community-based clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. Joe’s deep passion for land art and appreciation for the vibrant landscape of the Pacific Northwest are reflected in his designs, including notable projects like the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton, Oregon and Eugene School District 4J’s Arts & Technology Academy in Eugene, OR.

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. In addition to leading the Design Culture Committee at Opsis, Joe is a member of Opsis’ JEDI focus group, NOMA PDX and active leader in the local design community. Joe has been active in the academic community in Los Angeles and Portland, where he has co-led or assisted several design studios.

email: joe@opsisarch.com

Weston Becker Senior Associate | Technical Director
Weston Becker,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate | Technical Director

Weston is a Senior Associate with an in-depth experience as a project designer and project architect on education projects with a focus on CTE and STEM facilities. He brings a passion for building technology, resulting in “buildings that teach” through the careful detailing and expression of systems. Weston’s technical expertise has led to the success of projects like the North Idaho College Parker Technical Education Center, the University of Oregon Straub Hall Classroom building and the Wy’east Middle School STEAM addition. With an open communication style, Weston collaborates with project stakeholders to identify their unique space and program needs and realizes design solutions that meet the project budget and schedule.

email: weston@opsisarch.com

Gary Blackwell Senior Associate | Architect
Gary Blackwell,
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Senior Associate | Architect

With more than 12 years of experience as an Architect, Gary has an extremely varied portfolio, including healthcare, higher education, student housing, parks and public spaces. A licensed architect and recipient of a master’s degree from the University of Oregon, Gary enjoys working on projects of varying scales and on design that supports community. He is focused on striking a balance between thoughtful, innovative design, and detailed and comprehensive technical execution that best serves the client’s needs.

email: garyb@opsisarch.com

Liz Browner Project Coordinator
Liz Browner Project Coordinator

email: lizb@opsisarch.com

Kelsy Colvin Associate | Architect
Kelsy Colvin,
AIA
Associate | Architect

Kelsy is a designer and project architect, bringing expertise in a broad range of skills. In addition to demonstrated creativity and responsiveness to design challenges, she is also a great multitasker with experience in team organizing. She brings a strong leadership personality to cross disciplinary design teams, with a passion for collaborative work. Her interest in public work and sustainability brought her to Opsis, where her strengths in project organization, development of project documents at all stages, and creative design responses are an asset for every team she joins.

email: kelsyc@opsisarch.com

Heather DeGrella Associate Principal | Sustainable Design Director
Heather DeGrella,
AIA, LEED Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador
Associate Principal | Sustainable Design Director

Heather’s tireless passion for green building is evident throughout her career of extensive community and professional service, public speaking and practical application on a diverse number of design and research projects. Taking inspiration from nature, Heather applies her expertise in sustainability and wellness throughout the project life cycle and into operations ensuring that sustainable design goals have been realized. When she is not designing, Heather is guiding our studio and the Green Team focus group on best practices and tools in achieving our goals, fighting for environmental and social justice, and exploring the outdoors.

email: heather@opsisarch.com

Alison Dozono Senior Associate | Project Accountant/Contract Administrator
Alison Dozono Senior Associate | Project Accountant/Contract Administrator

With an extensive career in business management, Alison works with project teams throughout the life of the project as the Project and Cost Accountant. Alison’s life-long goal of giving back to the community is realized in her work as Chair for the Opsis Community Engagement Group and membership of the Opsis Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Group. A fourth generation Portland native and Japanese-American, Alison is an active volunteer in the community for local organizations that support families in need to cultural arts nonprofits. When she is not working or volunteering, Alison enjoys cooking, baking and perusing the Japanese Gardens or the Art History section in Powell’s books.

email: alisond@opsisarch.com

Erica Dunn Associate Principal | Architect
Erica Dunn,
AIA, CPHC, LEED AP
Associate Principal | Architect

Committed to a sustainable future and creating a positive impact within our community, Erica brings more than 19 years of experience in architecture with the last 12 years dedicated to zero energy projects. Erica believes architecture, when developed through a collaborative design process, can empower communities to be more connected, more resilient, and more likely to find delight in the world around them. Erica is a recognized leader in sustainable design, recently honored as one of eight new Fellows in the New Building Institute’s Senior Fellows program.

Fatemeh Eskandari Designer
Fatemeh Eskandari Designer

email: fatemehe@opsisarch.com

Amy Fashimpar Associate | Architect
Amy Fashimpar,
LEED AP BD+C
Associate | Architect

Amy enjoys collaborating with others to create spaces that celebrate and engage community, ones that create spatial identity and welcome a diverse public. Amy strives to implement thoughtful design, a positive environmental impact, and enhanced occupant experience in each project. Her work focuses on arts, cultural, education, and recreation projects. She has a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley. Amy’s experience with LEED, Net Zero Energy, and Grid Optimal projects, reflects her belief in integrating sustainability in every project and phase of design.

email: amyf@opsisarch.com

Max Frixione Senior Associate | Architect
Max Frixione,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
Senior Associate | Architect

Max’s technical design expertise and collaborative approach to concept exploration has resulted in the successful completion of cultural, education and civic projects throughout the region. A leader in BIM modeling on complex renovation, addition and new construction projects, Max guarantees all documentation is fully integrated with the project team and contractor. Max’s focus on the integration of design intent and construction detailing ensures projects transition from concepts to realized facilities. Outside of architecture, Max’s creative endeavors extend to wood and metal fabrication.

email: max@opsisarch.com

Lindsay Furlong Associate | Architect
Lindsay Furlong,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate | Architect

A California native, Lindsay’s brings a breadth of experience as an architect and project manager on higher education, K-12 and residential projects throughout the West Coast. With an expertise in all phases of design and construction ranging in size and complexity, Lindsay blends her passion for sustainable building techniques and detailed standards with an in-depth understanding of local jurisdiction to create responsive, enduring architecture. Outside of the office, Lindsay enjoys time with her family hiking, taking walks throughout the urban landscape and dining at new restaurants.

email: lindsayf@opsisarch.com

Eric Gewirtz Senior Associate | Architect
Eric Gewirtz,
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Senior Associate | Architect

Eric pairs a deep love of construction and design to create elegant solutions to architectural challenges. As a project architect, Eric leverages his collaborative nature and refined attention to detail to guide the design process from concept through construction. Eric’s design, detailing and documentation experience ensure civic and education projects are well-executed, sustainable and efficient. An avid maker and craftsman, Eric enjoys spending time in his woodshop when away from the office.

email: ericg@opsisarch.com

Laura Grover Senior Associate | Senior Interior Designer
Laura Grover,
IIDA
Senior Associate | Senior Interior Designer

Laura, Senior Interior Designer at Opsis, focuses on higher education and civic work, coordinating interior elements with the building’s core and shell. With an established career in the A/E industry, Laura specializes in full-service interior design, space planning, furniture and finishes selection, and ground-up building interior design. Laura places high value on working with collaborating with clients to develop spaces that reflect their character and identity in addition to their needs. She is adept at balancing functional requirements, budget and schedule, while seeking excellence in design.

email: laurag@opsisarch.com

Susan Gust Senior Associate | Project Manager
Susan Gust,
AIA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Senior Associate | Project Manager

Susan is devoted to creating sustainable, resilient, and healthy spaces for a diverse range of clients, including higher education and civic projects. With a range of experience in new construction and interior design, Susan has a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully lead teams through all phases of a project. Dedicated to a collaborative and inclusive approach to project management, she embraces the tools that come with newly emerging project delivery methods, constantly seeking ways to improve and evolve the process. She brings a positive enthusiasm to her project teams and motivates others to find opportunity and creative solutions.

email: susang@opsisarch.com

Jessica Habel Associate | Marketing Manager
Jessica Habel Associate | Marketing Manager

email: jessicah@opsisarch.com

Isaac Harris Senior Associate | Architect
Isaac Harris,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
Senior Associate | Architect

Isaac’s lifetime passion for architecture and background in construction have shaped his career leading complex renovation, addition and new construction projects in the Pacific Northwest. His strength in documentation and cultivating strong relationships with contractors, paired with his interest in mass timber design, results in the successful transformation of projects like the Hidden Creek Community Center – the nation’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) community center. With a love for recreation activities, Isaac can often be found enjoying water sports, bike riding and kite flying in his free time.

email: isaach@opsisarch.com

Caroline Hather Associate | Architect
Caroline Hather,
CDT, NCARB
Associate | Architect

An architect with over 13 years of experience, Caroline is led by an innate curiosity and desire to understand how things work. Caroline seeks to integrate social and environmental responsibility into her site-specific design work. Originally from Bristol, England, Caroline is a registered Qualified Architect in the UK and a graduate of University of Nottingham and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

email: carolineh@opsisarch.com

Randall Heeb Associate Principal | Architect
Randall Heeb,
AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal | Architect

Randall has an exceptional ability to translate design concepts in the built environments for higher education, K-12 and student housing projects. A seasoned architect, Randall takes a hands-on approach to guide each of his projects smoothly through each phase of design and construction administration. Regardless of project scale and complexity, Randall cultivates strong partnerships with every project team, client and contractor that last well beyond the completion of each project. Outside of the office, Randall is likely enjoying recreational activities from backpacking to soccer to diving or supporting his hometown college football team – the Florida Gators.

email: randall@opsisarch.com

Alec Holser Founding Principal
Alec Holser,
FAIA, LEED AP
Founding Principal

Alec’s transformative designs for cultural and learning environments elevate and integrate pioneering sustainable design to the highest level of beauty and craft while connecting users to a future in balance with nature. His work in schools, higher education and the community has set new standards for educational and cultural communities based on a holistic understanding of how we best individually learn. Alec’s lifelong career in architecture has spanned AIA COTE Top 10 winners Hood River Music & Science Building and the Oregon Zoo Education Center, and the nation’s model for mass timber for long-span sports facilities at the University of Idaho’s Central Credit Union Arena.

email: alec@opsisarch.com

Daniel Houghton Associate | Architect
Daniel Houghton,
AIA, LEED Green Associate
Associate | Architect

Danny’s passion for architecture is rooted in the structure of civilization and the way places we inhabit can be analyzed, nurtured and reimagined to create a built environment which transcends normal conceptions. With a background in prototyping and fabrication, Danny has a closely held relationship with material and craft. His attention to detail, conceptual vision and tactile exploration ensures project teams can explore a range of design opportunities. An avid hiker with his camera always in hand, Danny explores his creativity and navigates the world through photography and collaging.

email: danielh@opsisarch.com

Margaret Howard Chief Financial Officer
Margaret Howard Chief Financial Officer

email: margareth@opsisarch.com

Kirsten Justice Senior Associate | Senior Interior Designer
Kirsten Justice,
IIDA Assoc., LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
Senior Associate | Senior Interior Designer

Kirsten’s lifelong career in interior architecture/design and sustainability has spanned industries from healthcare to higher education and K-12 schools. As Senior Interior Designer at Opsis, Kirsten brings her strong technical background to the team, ensuring each project achieves the client’s goals and design excellence. Kirsten’s strong work ethic, passion for design and collaborative nature make her a great partner to clients, the architectural team and consultants on projects ranging in size and mission. Nothing is more rewarding to Kirsten than walking a successful project with a happy client.

email: kirstenj@opsisarch.com

Jim Kalvelage Founding Principal
Jim Kalvelage,
FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Founding Principal

Jim’s nationally recognized design leadership and acclaimed civic and campus projects advance new prototypes for public architecture through pragmatic innovation, poetic simplicity, and the interwoven relationship between building and site. Since the founding of Opsis, Jim’s visionary designs have challenged established building conventions by developing new prototypes for higher education, recreation, cultural and civic projects. His community-based design approach embraces the expressive qualities of structure, the interwoven nature of program spaces, and the integral role of environmental design that has resulted in landmark facilities which elevate the quality of life and sense of belonging within the communities and campuses they serve.

email: jim@opsisarch.com

Carolyn Kerr Designer
Carolyn Kerr,
Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate
Designer

Carolyn is an architectural designer with a passion for projects that give back to the earth and engage the community. A recent graduate of Virginia Tech, Carolyn is growing her skills in design process iteration, collaboration and sustainable design implementation as a designer. Since joining Opsis, Carolyn has supported the engagement and design for a range higher education and community center projects. Carolyn also brings her skills as a designer to volunteer work for the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s (AFO) Architects in Schools program.

email: carolynk@opsisarch.com

Kelli Kimura Associate | Sustainability Coordinator
Kelli Kimura,
Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate | Sustainability Coordinator

Growing up on the island of Oahu, Kelli’s experience in a geographically isolated environment inspired her pursuit of a career in architecture where she could focus on positively impacting the built environments effects on her community and the environment. Working closely with Sustainable Design Director, Heather DeGrella, and the Green Team, Kelli tests sustainable design ideas through modeling, tracks project sustainability goals and stays up to date on the latest advances in sustainable building and design. When she is not advocating for environmental justice, Kelli enjoys running, crafting and eating dessert.

email: kellik@opsisarch.com

Paul Kinley Principal
Paul Kinley,
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Principal

Paul is a natural leader whose passion and enthusiasm builds excitement and advocacy across our project teams and constituent groups. As a Principal at Opsis, Paul is actively engaged in leading design teams and ensuring project success for his work in higher education and civic markets. In addition to his unparalleled leadership skills and design abilities, Paul has a proven track record for integrating client needs and program requirements with carefully crafted, detail oriented responses. Paul’s excellent communication skills, combined with strategic thinking, make him an invaluable member of every project team and a deeply experienced resource for the entire firm. His leadership and passion for the community extends to his active participation in professional organizations, volunteering, engagement in the Opsis JEDI focus group and recruitment.

email: paul@opsisarch.com

Kyhetica Lattin Designer
Kyhetica Lattin,
CPHC, LEED Green Associate
Designer

As a designer, Kyhetica (Ky) brings her passion for design justice and sustainability, along with her experience in design-build construction, to her work on higher education and K-12 projects. With a certification in high-performance, passive building design, Ky centers sustainability in her design work and post occupancy evaluation studies. In addition to working on large-scale education projects, Ky is an active member of the Opsis Green Team and JEDI committee. In her free time, Ky enjoys hiking, collaging and spending time with family in nature.

email: kyl@opsisarch.com

Sam Loeung Associate | Designer
Sam Loeung Associate | Designer

With deep roots at Opsis, Sam is a trusted member of the design team well-versed in Opsis project work dating back to our studio’s beginnings. With an extensive knowledge base across a breadth of project types including higher education and cultural arts, Sam is skilled at engaging with clients to take designs from concept to completion. With a focus on academics, Sam has been the project designer on teaching spaces, science and technology centers and performing arts venues ranging in scale and complexity. Staying active is equally important to Sam, who takes time from design to enjoy playing volleyball, mountain biking, snowboarding and wakeboarding.

email: sam@opsisarch.com

Carol Long Principal | Marketing Director
Carol Long Principal | Marketing Director

Carol is an experienced business development strategist and marketer who brings more than 30 years of experience to Opsis’s leadership team. Helping to establish the long-range vision for Opsis while also actively contributing to marketing and business development opportunities, she juggles marketing tasks with unflappable good humor. With a marketing career spanning architecture, engineering and energy efficiency firms and graduate-level education in real estate development, she brings an innate curiosity about clients and an instinct to connect people and services in innovative ways. In her free time, you’re equally as likely to find her exploring textile crafts, planning a travel itinerary, or researching the latest innovations in project delivery.

email: carol.long@opsisarch.com

Lauren Loosveldt Associate Principal | Architect
Lauren Loosveldt,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Associate Principal | Architect

Lauren relies on her passion for the pairing of design intelligence and environmental integrity to inform her work as an architect and community leader. Her personable approach blended with a balance of creativity and pragmatism, results in lasting relationships with design teams, clients and partners. With a background in green building and interior design, Lauren brings a breadth of unique perspectives and ideas to her work in higher education and civic projects. An Opsis Green Team focus group member and influential leader in the development of our Sustainability Action Plan, Lauren’s dedication to environmental justice inspires and guides all facets of her life.

email: laurenl@opsisarch.com

Carol Lovenstein Senior Associate | Accounting Manager
Carol Lovenstein Senior Associate | Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager at Opsis, Carol brings her background in business and numbers to the management of the firm. Born and raised in Portland, Carol appreciates being part of an architectural practice that contributes to the design of her community and the region. A member of the Fun Committee, Carol’s warm nature, problem-solving skills and thoughtfulness enhance our studio’s overall culture. Carol is an avid paper crafter and baker – implementing the beloved annual Opsis holiday cookie exchange.

email: caroll@opsisarch.com

Nada Maani Senior Associate | Architect
Nada Maani,
AIA, LEED Green Associate
Senior Associate | Architect

Driven by a deep passion for the intersection of architecture and social justice, Nada works to empower communities through architectural design. Nada’s commitment to inclusive and community-driven design is expressed in her non-traditional approach to community outreach. Whether engaging students in collage to inform design or leading a fast-paced project from documentation through construction administration, Nada’s goal is to design with, and for, all people.

email: nadam@opsisarch.com

Liz Manser Associate Principal | Architect
Liz Manser,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal | Architect

Liz is a dynamic Project Manager and Architect with an extensive know-how in design and management for PK-12 education, civic and arts projects. A long-time team member at Opsis, Liz has confidently navigated the design of a range of projects varying in size and complexity to seamlessly managing project meetings, workshops, and deliverables with multiple stakeholder group on large civic projects. Liz’s great nature and management skillset make her a trusted partner among clients and project teams. In addition to supporting community and the arts in her work, Liz also serves as a Board Member for Bag&Baggage Theatre in Hillsboro, Oregon and is a committed volunteer for local organizations like The Pixie Project.

email: liz@opsisarch.com

Sarah Matta Interior Designer
Sarah Matta,
IIDA
Interior Designer

With more than 13 years of industry experience, Sarah passionately creates people-centric interior spaces. She works on a wide range of project types, including offices, multifamily housing, K-12 schools, higher education, and civic and cultural projects like aquarium exhibits, local libraries and breweries. Sarah applies her keen eye for design, passion for sustainability and problem-solving skills to maximize functionality in her projects. Outside of work, Sarah is often found exploring the Portland food scene, gardening, hiking, painting and textile dyeing.

email: sarahm@opsisarch.com

Sina Meier Senior Associate | Architect
Sina Meier,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate | Architect

With a passion for community and education, Sina is involved in complex renovations, additions and new construction for K-12 schools and civic projects. As an architect, Sina is well-versed in collaborating with the project team, client and user groups to ensure each project is well-coordinated from design through construction. Sina shares her love of architecture with local students as a volunteer for the Architecture of Oregon’s Architects in Schools program and teacher for the Saturday Academy. In addition to introducing students to architectural concepts, history, design, Sina serves on the Architects in School’s steering and advisory committee. When she is not working on project documentation or volunteering, Sina is actively leading the JEDI focus group, a social justice initiative in our office, and co-leading our alternative transportation program to ensure we are meeting our goals. Sina also finds passion in bike tours, sewing projects, gardening, as well as designing and fabricating furniture.

email: sina@opsisarch.com

Camille Merz Administrative Assistant
Camille Merz Administrative Assistant

Camille is the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant at Opsis. They are a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and bring experience in both office management and customer service to the team. In their free time, Camille enjoys making art, reading and water sports.

email: receptionist@opsisarch.com

Mike Montagne Associate I IT Director
Mike Montagne Associate I IT Director

With a seasoned career in architecture, Mike discovered his passion for streamlining work processes by implementing and leveraging technology. Working closely with the studio, Mike provides in-house Revit technical support, performs QA/QC reviews of Revit project models and develops digital design standards and customizations. Outside of the office, Mike prefers to slow his pace, enjoying the world around him through nature treks and rounds of golf.

email: mike@opsisarch.com

Steve Nelsen Associate Principal | Project Manager
Steve Nelsen,
AIA, LEED Green Associate
Associate Principal | Project Manager

With a passion and fluency in educational facility design, Steve has led complex renovations, additions and new construction for K-12 schools throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Steve is a highly skilled communicator and believes the foundation to a project’s success is the seamless collaboration with the client, user groups and project team. His deep experience working with a range of school districts and user groups has deepened his understanding of teaching pedagogy, program and safety – all supporting his approach and management to each new school project. If asked what his greatest architectural accomplishment is, Steve would tell you it is providing great places to learn for the next generation.

email: steve@opsisarch.com

Megan Norton Proposal Manager
Megan Norton Proposal Manager

Megan Norton brings nine years of expertise to the AEC marketing landscape. Within the Opsis marketing team, she emphasizes creative storytelling and adeptly manages and coordinates proposal pursuits from start to finish. Megan has a discerning aptitude for budget research in the public sector, with a special affinity for sustainability-focused projects in higher education, K-12, performance and community centers, and athletic facilities. Her knack for bolstering team dynamics and optimizing workflows distinguishes her in her field. Beyond her professional endeavors, Megan is deeply invested in athletics and the performing arts. As a dedicated circus artist in her community, she coaches youth performance troupes and graces the stage as a member of A-WOL’s Circus Rose company.

email: megann@opsisarch.com

Nancy Pelayo-Colores Designer
Nancy Pelayo-Colores Designer

Born and raised in Portland, Nancy is first-generation graduate from PSU and the product of immigrant parents from Oaxaca and Nayarit, Mexico. Nancy always noticed the lack of diversity within design, and through her work, hopes to inspire the next generation of BIPOC women to break barriers and stereotypes, especially in underrepresented spaces.

This mission led her to become the co-founder of NOMA PDX, which has grown to be a highly revered 60+ member effort impacting architects across Portland and beyond. Nancy has also been recognized by the Architectural Foundation of Oregon as the 2023 Hatfield Scholar, a program that provides recognition and support of architecture students who express commitment to community service. At Opsis, Nancy supports community work as a key team member on the M&M Marketplace project and on multiple Opsis projects serving Oregon community colleges. 

Chris Roberts Principal
Chris Roberts,
AIA
Principal

Chris is a Principal with more than 27 years of experience. His architectural journey encompasses a diverse background and expertise gained from work on projects ranging in size and complexity from student activity centers and stadiums to finely-tuned performance halls and science libraries.

Regardless of project size or complexity, Chris has a proven track record of integrating program and client needs with a sustainable and innovative design approach. He has completed work on multiple campuses in the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about architectural expression within the campus context. Chris firmly believes in the concept of teamwork and engaging in a process of collaboration to foster an atmosphere of discovery.

email: chrisr@opsisarch.com

Nicole Rousseau Accounting Assistant
Nicole Rousseau Accounting Assistant

email: nicoler@opsisarch.com

Sarah Russell Receptionist
Sarah Russell Receptionist

Sarah is working alongside the Opsis administration team as receptionist. She is a recent graduate from Willamette University’s Critical Studies program where she researched art history and visual culture. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys photography and cooking.

email: receptionist@opsisarch.com

Paco Sanchez Facilities
Paco Sanchez Facilities

A member of our team since Opsis’ founding, Paco oversees the maintenance of the studio and building to ensure everything runs smoothly. Originally from south-central Mexico, Paco devotes time working with his church to build homes for Habitat for Humanity, as well as hosting a clothing drive each Christmas for families in his hometown. Throughout his time at Opsis, Paco has shared his passion and expertise for salsa dancing with the team through dance lessons at the studio.

Aaron Schalon Senior Associate | Architect
Aaron Schalon,
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate | Architect

With a diverse background in K-12, healthcare and large-scale mixed-use design, Aaron is skilled at working closely with project designers to interpret and translate the client’s vision into a site-specific work. With an attention to detail and strong relationships with the team, contractor and client, Aaron ensures projects move seamlessly from initial planning phases to construction administration. Aaron is skilled at integrating high design expectations into technical building assemblies and sustainable design programs regardless of project type. An avid cyclist, Aaron enjoys long distance rides and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest.

email: aaron@opsisarch.com

John Shorb Principal
John Shorb,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
Principal

John’s creative leadership and commitment to guiding the firm’s integrated sustainable design process continues to drive the success of performing arts and higher-education projects. With a lifelong career in architectural design and sustainability, John brings his design leadership and vision to projects with alternative delivery methods and collaborative Progressive Design-Build (PDB) teams. Skilled in uniting people around a common cause, John firmly believes the best ideas stem from a collaborative approach to design. John is passionate about integrating sustainable design in all facets of his life, whether it be assisting clients in achieving their environmental goals or advancing the firm’s sustainable action initiatives.

email: john@opsisarch.com

Fearn Smith Associate | Architect
Fearn Smith Associate | Architect

As a former small business owner and ceramic artist, Fearn brings a unique design perspective and creativity to her work as an architectural designer. Realizing her interests in the built environment, Fearn pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design with a Minor in Sustainability and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. At Opsis, Fearn utilizes her creative skill set and commitment to sustainable design to lead project teams in the creation of competitive workplace environments and next-generation K-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest.

email: fearns@opsisarch.com

Jon Spring Associate | Architect
Jon Spring,
Assoc. DBIA
Associate | Architect

A native to the east coast, Jon’s work in higher education, K-12, civic, mixed-use, office and hospitality span across the nation. Jon’s effective communication and coordination have led to the successful collaboration with projects teams on projects both near and far. With a focus on interior architecture, Jon is interested in exploring design solutions that enhance the user experience within the built environment. Outside of the studio, Jon enjoys biking, savoring microbrews, cooking and traveling.

email: jons@opsisarch.com

Mark Stoller Principal
Mark Stoller,
AIA, NCARB
Principal

Mark Stoller, Principal at Opsis, brings a lifelong career in architecture, planning and design to the team. With work spanning from coast to coast, Mark’s career accomplishments include a range of complex projects in higher education, civic and community based projects. As a project manager, staff mentor, and representative of the firm, Mark is dedicated to leading and managing all of his projects with the client at the center of the work. Mark brings a deep understanding of client needs paired with his unwavering commitment to collaboration.

email: marks@opsisarch.com

Jeri Tess Associate Principal | Interior Designer Director
Jeri Tess,
IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal | Interior Designer Director

Jeri’s lifelong career in space planning and interior design has resulted in the creation of memorable, timeless spaces for award-winning education, cultural and recreation projects. Working as part of an integrated project team, Jeri collaborates with her client, stakeholders and end users to design spaces that are not only beautiful but adaptable to changing needs. Jeri is committed to building strong partnerships with her clients, dedicating herself to furthering their unique visions and goals for each project. When Jeri is not leading the studio’s interior team or exploring designing for wellness, Jeri enjoys reading, cycling and seeing movies from local independent filmmakers.

email: jeri@opsisarch.com

Samantha Tokos Designer
Samantha Tokos Designer

Samantha Tokos is a designer and an emerging professional in the field of architecture. Sam has a strong eye for design and is skilled at communicating big ideas through graphic representation. A recent graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture, where she focused on design justice, Sam explored the impact buildings have within communities. As a third-generation Portlander, Sam’s goal is to create beautiful education and learning spaces for historically underrepresented communities within Portland and across the region.

email: samanthat@opsisarch.com

Cari Villescas Architect
Cari Villescas,
AIA, NCARB
Architect

Cari is an Architect who approaches every project as an opportunity to create moments of joy by exploring the interactions between people, nature, and the built environment. With a natural inclination for problem solving, Cari thrives in collaborative environments where she pushes the boundaries of the tools at her disposal to develop thoughtful solutions that seamlessly integrate design and documentation processes. Her experience spans diverse project types, including higher education spaces, community-based design initiatives, affordable housing, and commercial workplace construction. Cari is a dynamic thinker with a deep appreciation for design at all scales, allowing her to effectively communicate complex ideas throughout every phase of a project.

email: cariv@opsisarch.com

Trevor Weltzer Associate | Architect
Trevor Weltzer,
NCARB, LFA
Associate | Architect

Trevor brings over 10 years of experience spanning K-12 design, healthcare, restaurants and high-end retail with projects in seven states. He is an ardent champion for quantifiable sustainability through building design and performance. Trevor’s unique ability is to consume and synthesize information from clients, project stakeholders, engineers and contractors to produce clear, concise, consistent and correct documentation.

Paulina Wilkowski Associate | Architect
Paulina Wilkowski,
LEED AP BD+C
Associate | Architect

Paulina is a lead architect, bringing over 15 years of design expertise in new commercial, adaptive reuse and interior projects. Paulina’s nationwide project experience includes the Google Pittsburgh offices, the Seattle Asian Museum renovation and addition, and the expansion of the Columbus Convention Center. She excels in project design and documentation, bringing a wealth of expertise and leveraging of digital tools. Paulina shares her world with an adventurous and playful family, a passion for music, illustration and the arts.

email: paulinaw@opsisarch.com