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As many of you know, Ben Waechter began Waechter Architecture (WA) in 2007 with the goal of growing a small studio intent on providing memorable and vivid architectural experience. The first iteration of WA was to see award-winning residential projects successfully demonstrate Ben’s vision.

Now, WA is entering a new phase; one of new project and client types, such as multi-family, winery and cultural projects. This evolution requires an increase in capacity. We have met the call and would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new team.

 

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BEN WAECHTER

FOUNDER + PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

Registered in both Oregon and Washington, Ben is the founder of Waechter Architecture (WA). Prior to WA Ben worked for internationally renowned firms such as Allied Works Architecture (Portland) and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Genoa, Italy).

Ben is a highly decorated and published designer whose principles lie in providing bold forms arrived at by exercises in concept, distillation and intelligent programming. Ben is an experienced leader of design projects ranging in size, scope and program requirements.

 

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RAND PINSON
PROJECT LEAD

An alum of Auburn University, Rand came to WA after completing work at the world-renowned Rural Studio and 5 years at Lake Flato Architects focusing on environmental and agricultural projects.

Rand’s work has been featured in numerous publications and by both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and La Biennale di Venezia. Rand is drawn to an architecture specific to its place, responsive to its climate, and characterized by its timelessness and culture.

 

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EMILY KAPPES
PROJECT LEAD

Emily has come to WA after 10 years spent with Allied Works Architecture progressing award-winning cultural work.

Emily received her degrees from UVA and Harvard and has come to WA to continue applying her advanced design principles to new programs. Emily’s architectural interests focus on innovative spatial and planning solutions. She especially enjoys working collaboratively with clients during the conceptual design phase.

 

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BRADLEY SHANKS
PROJECT LEAD, ARCHITECT

With over 17 years experience working for internationally recognized firms in Boston, Phoenix and Portland, Bradley is an award-winning and LEED Certified professional.

So far in his career, Bradley has won a Fulbright Fellowship, an AIA Medal, and a Rotch Travelling Scholarship (which allowed him to pursue independent architectural study across eight countries). Bradley holds his B. Arch and M. Arch from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

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DAWNDAE HK HAMILTON
OPERATIONS + BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

With an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon, and with a history managing small, creative businesses, Dawndae came to WA last year fresh from 5 years coaching artists and producing cultural events.

Adept at driving projects, Dawndae provides committed management, an understanding of the creative process, and a unique ability to connect with clients and collaborators.

 

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DARIA CRYMES-WAECHTER

OPERATIONS + BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

With more than 20 years experience visiting and studying international architecture and building practices alongside Ben, Daria offers sound foundational understanding, fresh perspective, and the keen ability to drive WA’s principles of simplicity and refinement.

Daria studied Sustainable Community Development at the University of Oregon, and as a realtor, developer and long-time supporter and organizer of neighborhood initiatives, Daria provides invaluable industry comprehension and relationships.

 

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