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In-Process with Open Studio Collective & Kaiser Group

March 30, 2018

Join us at the CFA on June 26!  InProcess lectures are free and open to the public.

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About Allison Bryan:
Allison is the Founder and Creative Director of Open Studio Collective. She is a anti-disciplinary designer with a background in both graphic design and architecture. With over 18 years of design experience, her work includes award-winning architecture and graphic design– including several years working in global retail design at Nike, Inc, residential design at Carney Logan Burke Architects and prototype display design at Urban Outfitters.

Allison founded Open Studio Collective with the idea of keeping an open mind in all things in the design process: mediums, typologies, and relationships with clients and collaborators, to name a few. Allison enjoys working at all scales, and if her tool belt or hard hat is involved, she will be there.

Allison holds a degree in graphic design from Indiana University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and a regular design contributor to Wy’East Trail Sisters organization supporting her love for trail running, health and wellness, and the outdoors.

About Ben Kaiser: 
Owner and Principal of Kaiser Group. Ben is committed to mass timber  construction and believes it is thefuture of sustainable development. He is an advocate for its efficient construction, environmentally responsible development, safety, and seismic resilience. His most recent project, Carbon12, is the tallest CLT building in the United States.

To bring Carbon12 to life, Ben successfully worked with state officials to waive the restrictive codes that limit the height of wood buildings. This singular accomplishment has made mid- to high-rise CLT buildings possible for the first time in this country. By building with mass timber, Ben hopes to help reinvigorate the Pacific Northwest’s timber economy and continue Portland’s reputation as a leader in American urban revitalization.

Ben brings a unique perspective to urban development, informed by over 20 years of serving as the owner, developer, architect, and general contractor on his projects. He was involved in the early stages of Portland’s Pearl District and has spearheaded redevelopment in NE Portland, including the Historic Mississippi District and the Williams/Vancouver corridor. Ben is a former member of the Portland Design Commission, and he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.