News Category: Staff Spotlight

Evon Presents Her Fellowship Project to Oregon Designers

This year at the annual AIA Oregon Design Conference, Evon Calabrese presented her fellowship project “A Built Environment for Mental Wellness”. The theme this year was ‘LINK’ which included speakers who explored the various ways that architecture connects us to our daily lives. A topic that Evon is well-versed in. In the photo here sheRead More >

Samaritan Golf Scramble Fun

We had a fun time at the annual Samaritan Golf Scramble where proceeds offer patients across Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties assistance with medical bills, transportation, prescriptions, groceries, rent, and utilities. The program is available to patients who have demonstrated financial need. Oftentimes, these out-of-pocket expenses are seen as a barrier to accessing health care.Read More >

MultiCare Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Last week we attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held to officially open two projects we designed at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital located in Puyallup, WA: The Gordon Family Education Center and the Substance Treatment and Recovery Training (START) inpatient unit. The new education center provides a space for care teams to learn and grow,Read More >

Spring Teambuilding 2022

There’s nothing quite like hurling an axe at a target to help you get to know your coworkers better. Every Spring we hold a teambuilding event and this year we headed out to learn how to throw axes. We had a ton of fun learning the basics and then did some friendly team competitions. OurRead More >

Welcome Back Ben Taylor

We are pleased to announce that Ben Taylor has (re)joined Clark/Kjos Architects as a Project Manager! Ben has worked in architecture for over 17 years, beginning his career at Clark/Kjos and moving on to be a Design Director at a major health system and a project architect for many projects in the healthcare, institutional, andRead More >

A Day of Pie

We love Pie Day around here and are lucky to have a couple of ‘Pie Guys’ in the office who love to bake them. Scot Jahn brought in a vegan pumpkin pie — which was delicious and Scott Combs brought in his classic cherry pie along with his amazing chocolate buttermilk pie. Needless to say,Read More >

We Have a New Team Member

Meet one of our newer staff members, Ben Stewart. Ben holds an architectural degree from the University of Arizona and has previous experience working on healthcare, civic, and K-12 projects. He is interested in how the built environment influences the thoughts, actions, and health of its occupants, and he seeks design solutions that benefit bothRead More >

Congratulations to Adam McSorley

Clark/Kjos Architects is pleased to announce that Adam McSorley has been named our newest associate. Adam has been a valuable member of our team since 2016 and his promotion is well deserved. We look forward to the many great things he will continue to bring to our firm and to our projects! Adam is aRead More >

Holiday Party 2021

We had a wonderful time this year at our office holiday party and managed to catch up on some much-needed socializing.  We took over an entire restaurant space at a nearby hotel that had high ceilings and plenty of room for us to move around comfortably. The food was great, the company was even betterRead More >

We Have A New Team Member

Evon is a design professional who recently joined our team and is working to help create engaging healthcare spaces. At CKA she is our Evidence-Based Design/Research Lead, assisting our teams by researching and evaluating evidence from other facilities, as well as leading research projects with a focus on the impact of design on human healthRead More >

The Holidays Are Here!

The holidays are officially here and it’s back to our CKA traditions! We love decorating our office during the holidays so last week dusted off our ornaments and spent some time decking out our halls. We also made some giant snowflakes for our windows using recycled drawings. It’s been fun getting back to pre-pandemic CKARead More >

Welcome Shawn Fernandez

We are excited to introduce Shawn Fernandez, our new Office Manager. She has extensive experience in accounting, human resources, and financial management. Her years of proven leadership and knowledge in business administration, coupled with her enthusiasm to help people, make her the perfect fit for this role. Welcome Shawn!

Connie Ables is Retiring

For those who don’t already know, we have big retirement news to share about Connie Ables!  As an integral part of Clark/Kjos’ success for almost three decades, Connie has decided to transition into retirement. We are beyond grateful for the many contributions she has made to Clark/Kjos over the years and we are really goingRead More >

September Cycle Bike Challenge Results

September Cycle 2021 bike challenge is officially over and we rode some serious miles placing us 6th place nationwide and 8th place globally for our staff size! The best part of the challenge for us was that it encouraged us to ride to different places, go on long bike tours, and get some extra exerciseRead More >

Fall Team Building 2021

Last Friday we rebooted our Annual Fall Teambuilding event with a good old game of disc golf. The weather was fantastic that day and it was just a really nice way to spend an afternoon together outside. A special teambuilding kudos goes to ‘The Airbenders’ for working together and going above and beyond when theyRead More >

Welcome Back Alex!

Bike month is here! How do we know it’s going to be even more awesome this year than it has been in the past? Because this month we are welcoming back Alex Hill from his own epic Summer coast-to-coast bike ride and his trip across the country has been inspiring to us all. One ofRead More >

Staff member receives honor for design competition

A shoutout goes to one of our newest staff members, Uran Sokoli, for receiving an honor in the AISC/ACSA 2021 Steel Design Student Competition. The competition recognizes eleven projects, in two categories, with Uran’s design aiming to reinvigorate interest in the public bathhouse through a contemporary conceptual typology. Read more about his winning design andRead More >

Clark/Kjos Cleanup Crew Does it Again

Thank you to SOLVE and the Clark/Kjos cleanup crew. We came together and helped clean up the streets, sidewalks, and alleyways of our city today. More about the event from SOLVE’s website: Detrash Portland connects like-minded volunteers who want to tackle the issue of litter in Portland. Each week, we support events throughout the city, provideRead More >

Meet Our Newest Team Members

We are so happy to be expanding our team at this time and are pleased to welcome additional staff members Charles Westerholm , Teresa Kruse, Rebecca Kiefer and Rich Bonewits II, AIA! They each bring a wide range of strengths and we’re proud to introduce them as valuable additions. Help us welcome them to theRead More >

Summer Picnic 2021

A few weeks ago, we hosted our annual summer picnic for all our staff and their families! It was a fun afternoon reconnecting with everyone at beautiful Sellwood Park, while enjoying some great food truck lunch from KOi Fusion and live music from Jet Black Pearl. It sure felt good to see everyone again inRead More >

New Staff Photos

It was nice to see eachother in the office again the other day as we updated staff photos. Stay tuned to see our new staff photos! Thanks PhotosbyKim

Halloween 2020

It was nice to see everyone at our virtual happy hour last week. We had some laughs while sharing Halloween photos from our past, and even a few of us dressed up!  Wishing you a fun-filled, safe, and spooky Halloween tomorrow.

Valentine’s Day 2020

We Heart VR! As a team, we’re all about keeping things light and fun. The first Friday of every month, we like to do something fun at the end of the day as a way to unwind and get our creative juices flowing. This past Friday was Valentine’s Day theme that was accompanied with VRRead More >

Staff POD Designs featured at Portland Art Museum

[May 19, 2017] Opening this weekend—new POD designs in an exhibit that features John Yeon called “Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon”. Two of Clark/Kjos staff have their designs in the exhibit and marks the second phase of a POD initiative where local architects designed and constructed 14 tiny houseRead More >

Sushi Time

We love having team-building opportunities and our sushi team-building event was unlike any other. Our quality of life committee brought in a chef to teach us about the art of sushi making and to give us some hands-on experience using non-traditional ingredients. We then split into several teams, each with a different challenge such asRead More >