This fall, RBA participated in the University of Oregon College of Design’s practicum program. Cassidy Jones, a fifth-year undergraduate student in architecture, joined us for a ten-week practicum.
We kept Cassidy busy with several current projects: she worked with Austin Bailey and Serena Lim on early concept models and precedent searches for the Eugene Riverfront Steam Plant; found informative precedents and attended meetings for the Lane Transit District’s Santa Clara bus terminal; helped Nicola Fucigna improve our website and marketing materials; went to an OAC meeting and tour of the Tykeson Hall construction site with Chris Andrejko, Britni Jessup, and Peter King; and worked with Frank Visconti using Lumion to render affordable housing designs for Cornerstone Community Housing.
One of Cassidy’s most memorable experiences was attending the project interview for the University of Oregon’s Walton and Hamilton dorms project. “It was great to see how the process operates on the higher-ed scale, as well as to see the presentation. I thought they had really engaging ideas and I am excited to see how the project unfolds!” Cassidy also enjoyed meeting Brendan Connolly, Lynn McBride, Dorothy Faris, and Dustann Jones from Mithun with whom RBA is partnered for the project.
Cassidy is currently gearing up for the Inclusive Urbanism and Resilient Architecture terminal studio with Kaarin Knudson, and says she’s loving every second of it. “I think it is important as designers to be thinking about how our projects impact people on a larger scale than just the site, and the way projects can work with the greater community to create healthier and more sustainable lifestyles both for the users and the planet.”
Originally from Grass Valley, CA, Cassidy is open to moving almost anywhere after graduation, but has her eyes on Seattle. Cassidy loves architecture for its ability to evoke feelings and enhance the health, relationships, and lives of those who experience it, and hopes to work on urban design, affordable housing, and civic or public works projects. We wish her the very best in her final year of school, and great success after graduating this spring!