Our team is united and inspired by the belief that our work meaningfully impacts the lives
of our community partners. As a collective of experienced and passionate professionals, we
continue to inform the nature of our firm through our enthusiasm for the rewarding work
we’re a part of and our support for one another.

PEOPLE

  • All Staff
  • Principal
Abel Mekanik

Abel Mekanik

Abel Mekanik

Design Staff
Abel brings over 9 years of experience as Job Captain and in design to BRIC Architecture. He has traveled to numerous countries to give him a better perspective on architectural design. He is passionate about composition and arrangement and the problem-solving aspects of the profession. Abel was part of Pickathon Tree-Line Stage design team that won the Portland AIA jury award in 2015. On his free time, he can be found playing an Iranian instrument called Tar, walking, and contemplating the miracle of life.

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Alec Perkins

Alec Perkins

Alec Perkins

LEED AP | Design Staff
Alec has over a decade of designing in a variety of offices across the U.S. and overseas, recently returned from several years in Germany. In addition to his passion for public interest architecture, Alec is committed to pushing the boundaries of sustainability. He is a well-rounded Job Captain, comfortable with all phases of design, the creation of design documents, and coordination between the trades.

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Amy Friendy

Amy Friendy

Amy Friendy

Principal

Director of Operations | Principal
Amy’s outstanding leadership and execution of financial and human resource management transcend her 19 years in the architectural industry. Her proactive and positive approach ensures a professional, harmonious, and efficient organization. Amy’s dedication to creating meaningful connections, developing staff in their professional goals, building successful teams with shared visions, and affirming individuals as they discover their passion are the catalyst for a highly-functional BRIC family.

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Andrew Werth

Andrew Werth

Andrew Werth

AIA, LEED AP | Design Staff
Andrew has over 7 years of experience in Job Captain and Project Management roles on numerous school projects. Andrew believes in the fundamental role of education and draws on his background as a former teacher and school administrator to engage communities in conversations about learning and the design of educational spaces.

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Brett Lundmark

Brett Lundmark

Brett Lundmark

Design Staff
Utilizing a diverse range of experience and talent in architectural practice, Brett develops creative concepts and practical solutions that earn client satisfaction. With expertise in the full scope of projects from the earliest stages of the design process through construction documentation, Brett lends immense value to the team. Recent high school remodels and a new elementary school have been the benefited from Brett’s guidance and expertise.

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Cathy Holmes

Cathy Holmes

Cathy Holmes

AIA | Associate | Design Staff
Solving confounding constructability problems is one of many hard-earned abilities Cathy has developed over her 17 years of experience in educational architecture. Her expansive range of technical knowledge gives BRIC’s projects an endurance to be envied. Cathy strongly holds to the values of both design and craft as important complementary elements in a product that best serves students, teachers, staff and the community at large.

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Christie Sterne

Christie Sterne

Christie Sterne

Design Staff
Teaching at a boarding school for underprivileged kids in post-apartheid South Africa was a turning point in Christie’s career, that ultimately led her to work on schools at BRIC Architecture, Inc. She observed remarkable and positive changes in children after being given a clean and safe place to learn. The indelible mark left on her memory impassioned Christie as an education architect. Built upon a foundation of more than 15 years in a variety of architectural building typologies, Christie’s background makes her an outstanding project designer and team member.

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Dan Hess

Dan Hess

Dan Hess

Principal

AIA, LEED AP | Principal
Dan brings nearly 30 years of experience in educational design to his role as Principal at BRIC Architecture. With a knack for both big-picture and detail-oriented thinking, Dan deftly brings together diverse communities to realize a shared vision for their project. He is passionate about weaving complex design elements into a coherent process, successfully delivering projects to the communities he serves.

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David Johnson

David Johnson

David Johnson

Principal

AIA, NCARB LEED AP | Associate Principal
A talented design leader, David believes in partnership and a highly collaborative approach to design, “when you’re doing good work, elevating the quality of design requires the ability to pull together around a common vision in such a way that ideas build upon one another to achieve something extraordinary, and often unexpected.” Over his 22 year career, David has won numerous design awards from the Society of Registered Architects and from the Oregon and New York State Chapters of the AIA, and was the design leader for several practice-building initiatives including XQ: The Super School Project, a competition to rethink the American high school.

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Ed Herrera

Ed Herrera

Ed Herrera

Design Staff
Ed has worked in the architecture and design industry since 2001, is an integral member of design teams from the early conceptual phase to the delivery of an array of complex architectural and interiors projects. His driving force on educational projects is the belief that communities and students thrive in proper infrastructure. He stays connected with the local community by participating in his neighborhood association and as an advisory council member for Design Museum PDX. Ed pushes the agenda for better learning environments and support of educators and students.

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Elisa Warner

Elisa Warner

Elisa Warner

Certified Facilities Assessor | Associate | Educational Planner
Elisa is an educational planner with over 17 years of experience. She has served as a lead planner on numerous planning projects, including educational specifications, programming, education master planning, and school construction feasibility studies. Elisa’s strong working knowledge of school building research and design trends are complemented by her mindful approach to listening and responding to the client’s feedback to ensure a smooth process.

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Erika Muir

Erika Muir

Erika Muir

Project Administrator
As a recent graduate with a Bachelor in Design and Project Management, Erika joined BRIC to help facilitate and expedite projects. She is passionate about designing with a greater purpose in mind and believes students should feel safe and happy in their environment. When she’s not in the office, you can find her hiking, reading in the park, trying new foods and exploring the city of Portland.

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Ian Reynolds

Ian Reynolds

Ian Reynolds

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP | Design Staff As a Project Architect with 15 years of experience, Ian is well versed in numerous building typologies, construction methodologies, and client satisfaction. He’s driven to create spaces where educators and students thrive, connecting them not only to their immediate environment but also to the greater campus and community.

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Izzy Anderson

Izzy Anderson

Izzy Anderson

Project Administrator
As a project administrator, Izzy ensures that each team is well-suited with the resources and technology they need to keep their project on schedule. Her exceptional organizational skills complement her eagerness to create efficient processes to keep her team moving forward.

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Jay Fesler

Jay Fesler

Jay Fesler

AIA | Design Staff
Jay adds to his extensive repertoire of architecture that spans over 20 years, by adding educational architecture at BRIC. He is an avid learner, who continuously gleans knowledge from his peers while offering insight from his own experience. As Project Architect on a high school campus project, he is designing for a sustainable future and enjoys solving the varied challenges experienced through the construction process.

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Jennifer Gentry

Jennifer Gentry

Jennifer Gentry

Associate | Marketing Director
A skilled marketer who loves to tell the BRIC story, Jennifer draws from more than 15 years in the industry to develop business development strategies and marketing initiatives for BRIC. A fervent spirit of advocacy compels her to help clients ensure a safe, investigative, healthy, and positive learning environment for k-12 learners, educators, and their communities. She masterfully fosters existing client relationships while forging new connections, as she is not only a good “teller” but also an exceptional listener. Jennifer is a local and national participant in the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

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John Westfall

John Westfall

John Westfall

Design Staff

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Julie Condon

Julie Condon

Julie Condon

Associate | Design Staff
As a lead Project manager, Julie leverages her 18 years of experience in the K-12 to complete a project from start to finish, on time and on budget. She has continued to build lasting relationships with district representatives and retained her passion for education, which is fueled by the positive responses from the children and staff experiencing their new facilities for the first time. Julie brings a level of dedication that is unparalleled and always focused on delivering the best possible outcome for each project that she manages.

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Karina Ruiz

Karina Ruiz

Karina Ruiz

Principal

AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Principal
Karina has over 20 years of experience and has managed over $1 billion in educational projects throughout her career. Her belief that education shapes the future of this world, drives Karina to ensure that teaching and learning objectives remain the team’s focus throughout each project. She is actively engaged in the national dialogue on the intersection between pedagogy and design innovation. As principal, she brings an innate ability to inspire educational planning, build community engagement and design efforts that exceed expectations of clients and users.

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Kelsy Colvin

Kelsy Colvin

Kelsy Colvin

Design Staff
Kelsy is an experienced designer with a Master’s Degree from Portland State University. Her passion for social equity is paralleled with thoughtful consideration of the sociological and climate impacts in the architectural field. This focus lends to the design of schools that engage multiple learning styles in a healthy environment. When she's not in the office she can be found outdoors hiking or at home making art.

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Kenneth Breaux

Kenneth Breaux

Kenneth Breaux

As a licensed Architect, Ken brings nearly 40 years of technical expertise to the BRIC family. Detail oriented by nature, Ken enjoys working on building envelope design, detailing, complex problem solving and consultant coordination. He appreciates witnessing positive advancements in school design, which have fundamental impacts on how children experience and process learning. He feels lucky to be a stakeholder in the process and seeing positive impacts to the community and to each student’s success.

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Kim Moffat

Kim Moffat

Kim Moffat

Associate | Accounting Administrator
Kim Moffat has 34 years of experience in Accounting and Office Administration in the A/E/C industry. Kim has worked with the people at BRIC for 13 years and loves being part of an architectural office that has such a positive impact on a community for decades to come. “Being around such positive and talented people that truly love what they are creating for students and local communities makes it a pleasure to come to work every day and be a part of this team!

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Klaudia Zarakowski

Klaudia Zarakowski

Klaudia Zarakowski

AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate | Design Staff
Cerebral, yet affable, Klaudia is led by the notion that schools bring about resiliency in communities and empower individuals alike. As an Architect, her strong communication and organizational skills complement her experience in preparation of technical drawing sets and consultant coordination. She finds fulfillment at BRIC as her career path aligns with her ideals of social responsibility and sustainability in a collaborative office environment.

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Marc Nordean

Marc Nordean

Marc Nordean

Principal

Associate Principal
Marc’s 21 years of experience in designing educational project are bolstered by an exceptional understanding of modern building construction, budgeting and educational space planning. As a result, Marc develops creatively formed and cohesively balanced solutions to building design challenges.

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Matt Jacoby

Matt Jacoby

Matt Jacoby

AIA, LEED BD+C | Associate | Design Staff
With over 24 years of experience, Matt brings his extensive knowledge and creative skill set to each of the projects on which he works. His demonstrated project management success is marked by his exceptional organizational talent and effective communication skills. He enjoys being actively involved throughout the entire architectural process, from conceptual design to project realization, and his enthusiasm is evident through his ability to build formidable, lasting relationships with clients and colleagues.

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Michelle Harada

Michelle Harada

Michelle Harada

Associate | Office Coordinator
With over 15 years of experience, Michelle ensures that workflow is at maximum efficiency and that every client and coworker is met with a warm greet and assist. Michelle keeps the office running with her exceptional communication and organizational skills. She loves being a part of the team that is making the world a better place, one school at a time.

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Mikala Tonges

Mikala Tonges

Mikala Tonges

Marketing Coordinator
With experience in design and management, Mikala continually aligns creativity with a thoughtful organization. As our Marketing Coordinator, she helps to capture BRIC's story in engaging ways through our project proposals and across our social media. Whether she's featuring our projects or unique moments in the office, she highlights how much our team cares about their work and their collaborators.

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Nancy Rad

Nancy Rad

Nancy Rad

AIA, IIDA, NCARB LEED AP BD+C | Senior Associate
A licensed architect since 1989, Nancy strives to create spaces for learning at all ages, having worked in educational architecture for over 23 years. She finds that her interest grows as she witnesses the impact of the interior environment on her own children’s learning and well-being.

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Peter Lo

Peter Lo

Peter Lo

Associate | Graphics Manager Peter brings his graphic design creativities to his architecture degree from the University of Oregon. His knowledge is complemented by his aptitude with a multitude of computer software programs, allowing Peter to translate design concepts into visually realistic renderings realizing communities’ visions. Peter’s expertise includes 3D modeling, computer/hand renderings, architectural drafting, website design and social media branding for the projects and the firm.

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Rebecca Seward-Beamer

Rebecca Seward-Beamer

Rebecca Seward-Beamer

AIA | Associate | Design Staff
Rebecca has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and Architectural History from New York University. Her professional life has afforded her opportunities to work as a Construction Manager for Marmol Radziner, a Program Director of the youth design-build organization Studio H, and as a Designer and Construction Administrator for K-12 school projects for the last several years. When not working with BRIC, Rebecca enjoys practicing carpentry, metalwork, and ceramics.

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Robert Allen

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

LEED AP, GCP | Associate | Design Staff
Robert’s passion for sustainable architecture is only rivaled by his dedication to the learner. Throughout his professional career, Robert has helped steer the development of educational architecture in the state of Oregon and Washington. His volunteer efforts touched the lives of thousands of students, setting them on a path of life-long learning and environmental stewardship. While mentoring students, he has discovered the need to change the educational program to encompass the building as a teaching tool and is currently working to develop this curriculum.

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Ron Opp

Ron Opp

Ron Opp

IT Manager
After working 20 years as an architect, Ron transitioned over to the technology sector and currently maintains BRIC’s computer network, conducting system audits of implemented technologies, and preserving information security. Outside of work, Ron enjoys being active in nature and does yoga, taekwondo, rock climbing, and sailing.

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Rudy Schuver

Rudy Schuver

Rudy Schuver

Design Staff
Rudy Schuver brings over 30 years of experience managing and coordinating projects in the Construction Document and Construction Administration phases. He has a keen eye for detail and enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with a group of people who are passionate about the challenges each project presents. Rudy’s goal for every project is to create a well-designed, well-built space that enriches the lives of the end users for years to come.

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Scott Thorson

Scott Thorson

Scott Thorson

LEED AP | Design Staff
Scott Thorson grew up in Medford, OR and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. After college, he spent four years with DLR Group in Portland, working on K-12 and Higher-Ed projects. Before joining BRIC Architecture, he worked for 6 years as a sound engineer at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. He has a passion for theatre and performing arts projects in schools.

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Susan Wurdeman

Susan Wurdeman

Susan Wurdeman

CSI, NCARB | Associate | Specifications Writer
Susan brings almost 50 years of comprehensive and technical knowledge to BRIC Architecture, Inc. An expert in educational building typology, Susan is responsible for preparing project specifications, performing quality control and quality assurance review of projects and providing team guidance for technical issues. She loves what she does and is passionate about seeing advancements in education being reflected in school design.

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Thea Wayburn

Thea Wayburn

Thea Wayburn

AIA, Certified Facilities Assessor | Senior Associate
Thea is meticulous in handling the day-to-day intricacies of educational projects, from facility assessments to design and construction management over the course of nearly 20 years in architecture. Thea’s true passion is Interior Design where she skillfully designs interior spaces that enhance the overall project, from planning to material and furniture selections. This passion is fueled by the people she works with and creating relationships that extend past the design process and beyond project completion.

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Tim Baker

Tim Baker

Tim Baker

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP | Design Staff
Tim has been working in architecture for over 10 years on a broad range of project types, including education, hospitality, civic/military, retail and workplace. Tim appreciates being part of a team with a shared vision to help create places for communities to gather and learn for years to come. He is eager to see school design continue to evolve- becoming more resilient, incorporating attributes of biophilic design, and providing healthier and more stimulating learning environments for students, staff, and communities.

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Timothy Ruppel

Timothy Ruppel

Timothy Ruppel

Design Staff
Timothy is a recent graduate of Portland State University’s Master of Architecture program. His interest in architecture and design began in early childhood with a passion for drawing and constructing forts in the woods of Oregon. He gained experience and knowledge in construction by becoming an Ironworker, giving him a unique understanding of how conceptual design is translated into the built environment. Just embarking on his career as a design professional, he values creativity, sustainability, craft, and community. He is currently pursuing licensure. In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, taking in all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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Tonie Esteban

Tonie Esteban

Tonie Esteban

Principal

AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Associate Principal
With more than 17 years of experience, Tonie has taken the lead as project manager on numerous high profile high school renovations and new building projects. She is passionate about empowering communities and providing opportunities to implement sustainable design features. As an Associate Principal, she enjoys the complexities and challenges these types of projects provide as well as the opportunity to serve and shape the local communities they serve.

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Travis Nissen

Travis Nissen

Travis Nissen

Design Staff
Travis holds a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. As a recent graduate, Travis is involved in several projects in the schematic phase and is helping to write bond measures. He believes that schools create a framework to enrich students’ lives and should offer opportunities for active learning and connecting. When he’s not in the office, he can be found hiking, biking, and gardening.

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