Bailey Fellowship Winners

The Van Evera Bailey Fellowship supports the professional development of mid-career architects and encourages them to make greater contributions to their profession and their community.

The Fellowship was inaugurated in 2001 as a collaborative project of The Oregon Community Foundation and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. It is supported by The Van Evera and Janet M. Bailey Fund, established at OCF in 1982 by a generous charitable gift from the Baileys.

2017: Rick Potestio, Portland

Rick Potestio, founder of Potestio Studio, has engaged a career-long study of middle-scale urban housing and the sense of community that derives from these walkable neighborhoods. Rick is planning to use the award to compile his research into graphic tools to be utilized by planners, designers and the public, to help illustrate proposed planning concepts across Oregon.

2016: Quang Truong and Jerry Waters, Portland

Quang Truong, a project architect with Lever Architecture, plans “to take advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s rich heritage of involvement in the building materials industry to study the development, applicability, and implications of composite materials (FRPs) in architecture.”

Jerry Waters, a senior design architect with YGH Architecture, plans to gain “greater understanding of the educational philosophy and the environmental demands and spatial organizations necessary to facilitate the delivery of…two dominantly cited living and open educational pedagogies, The Montessori method and Reggio Emelia approach,” including “how the architecture reinforces the instruction and learning.”

2015: Randy Gragg, Portland

Randy, A writer on architecture, urban design, and planning for The Oregonian for 17 years, used his expertise to create a series of monthly radio/podcast/web stories for OPB Radio. The series creatively approaches design in the quickly changing city and introduces the topic of architecture and urban design into Oregon’s mainstream media. Randy used the fellowship to launch this series and feed the hunger for “informed, inventive discussion about the shape of our growing state.” Randy is currently a contributing writer and editor at Portland Monthly and Director of UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape.

2014: Jeff Schnabel, Portland

Jeff executed comparative research of successful public space at night, and the establishment of a Winter Light Festival in Portland. An adjunct professor at Portland State University, Jeff used the Fellowship to support his travels abroad to five locations who host annual internationally recognized light festivals. Like Portland, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Eindhoven, Montreal, and Reykjavik all lie above the 45th parallel. Jeff brought his research to Portland to establish a Winter Festival, utilizing public space during darker months.

2013: Joseph Readdy, Portland

Joseph is combining research on the subject of urban vibrancy and street vitality. He is filling gaps in his experience to “make me a better design professional and a more effective teacher.” Readdy believes that the design profession should lead the initiative to make design of the public realm successful, sustainable and beautiful. Readdy believes that focus on the design of buildings alone will never create the vibrant places that we seek. “Even great architecture can be diminished or degraded by a poor quality public realm,” he says. “Few of our architectural design guidelines account for the design of the public realm, and none are effective at engaging the design of the street itself.”

2012: Erica Dunn, Portland

Erica is studying the human side of high performance buildings and the direct impact of users on overall energy consumption. As the architecture field is embracing the 2030 Challenge for Net-Zero energy consumption by 2030, Erica posits that the design community must understand not only the technical challenges, but also how to inspire building occupants to embrace modified behaviors that further reduce the building’s energy footprint. She will study and clarify best practices for designing High-Performance/Net-Zero buildings that meet or exceed user expectations for thermal comfort and function.

2012: William C. Tripp and Toni Lettiere, Portland

Bill and Toni have embarked on a research, mapping and design project to identify, improve and create significant public ritual spaces in Portland. Their goal is to discover ways to enrich and enhance Portland’s existing network of ritual space; propose new ritual space possibilities; and propose potential new rituals and ritual spaces to strengthen community. One of the fellowship’s outcomes will be a university course on a methodology for including ritual and sacred space in urban design projects.

2011: Brannon Lobdell, Portland

Brannon's Fellowship will research, test, and clarify the building science behind an architecture and construction movement that strives to reduce the energy consumption currently required by the Building Sector (as defined by Architecture 2030). Passive House is a performance-based energy standard for designing and constructing buildings (residential and commercial) that claims a 90-percent energy savings over standard construction.

2010: No Fellowship was awarded

2009: James McGrath, Portland

The 2009 Bailey Fellowship supported James' research into the best use of public spaces. James' studies focus on the best practices in "Complete Street" design, investigating the inside story of successful innovation in large cities in Asia, Europe and South America, and applying their practical experience to Oregon communities. His hope is not only to influence specific projects, but also to further our cities' conversation about the core values we support for our public spaces, and to keep Oregon as a leader in the field.

2008: No Fellowship was awarded

2007: Mark Perepelitza, Portland

This Fellowship supported the study of innovative window systems for Northwest architecture. Perepelitza’s project investigated how to create openness, provide weather protection, and create a comfortable interior without significant energy loss. Building on a literature review, interviews, and site visits to energy-efficient buildings in regions of Northern Europe that have a climate similar to Oregon, Perepelitza will identify window configurations, analyze prototype assemblies, and share conclusions in a printed report, website, and conference presentations.

2006: Jean von Bargen, Portland

Von Bargen’s interests focus on the design and implementation of major urban infrastructure projects. Her fellowship involves research and comparison of public infrastructure development and its public interface in Portland and Barcelona. The latter city’s preparation for the 1992 Olympics — including public infrastructure in transportation, satellite sewer systems, and a telecommunication tower designed by Santiago Calatrava — made it an international leader in revisioning urban growth and investment. She will share her findings through online reports; articles; and presentations to the professional community and public agencies.

2005: Becca Cavell, Portland

This Fellowship supported Cavell’s work on a field guide — complemented by an interactive website — to the important residential work of a group of architects working in Oregon during the mid-20th century, including Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, Walter Gordon, John Storrs, and Van Evera Bailey himself. Her work will document the architecture and — if possible — record the original landscape designs for the homes. When complete, it will help interested people to conduct self-guided tours, in addition to serving academic inquiry.

2005: Paul McKean, Portland

McKean’s project is taking him to several countries to study prefab construction systems, sustainable technologies, and the feasibility of using them to provide higher quality low-income housing. Based on his research, he plans to prepare a feasibility report for Habitat for Humanity and hopes to present findings at the AIA design conference in 2006. He is aiming toward inclusion in the report of a conceptual design for a Habitat prototype unit.

2004: Richard Browning, Portland

The fellowship supported Browning’s investigation into Japanese urban streetscape design, focusing on the pedestrian zone from the curb up to and including the building façade. As Portland and other cities reshape the ways that pedestrians and vehicles flow and commercial and public spaces interact, the “shared streetscapes” of the Japanese noren-gai, or shop district, may offer a vital contribution to Northwest urban design. The research will be distilled into an illustrated monograph.

2003: Bonnie Bayard, Medford

Bayard’s interest is in design of buildings and landscapes to anticipate the pressure on water supplies caused by the Northwest’s increasing population and climate change. The Fellowship allowed her to investigate agricultural, natural systems, and landscape models, and to apply her research through test sites for conservation-based residential landscape design, working with organizational partners such as the Oregon State University Master Gardeners and the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.

2002: Suzanne Zuniga, Portland

The fellowship supported Zuniga’s research and writing of a master residential “green” building specification. Zuniga’s project provided specifications, cost data, and local suppliers for alternative systems and materials that are considered to be more sustainable than those commonly used. It promotes the growing green architecture movement in the Northwest, allowing architects more readily to implement sustainable residential building practices. The results were intended to be disseminated in both print and electronic formats, and to be updated annually.

2001: John Cava, Portland

The inaugural Bailey Fellowship supported Cava’s research and writing of a monograph on the houses and gardens of noted Portland architect John Yeon. The project is intended to produce the first book focused on Yeon, who is well known for his role in defining the “Northwest Regional Style,” as exemplified in the widely recognized Watzek House on Skyline Drive in Portland. The book is to include drawings, photographs, theoretical essays, and analyses of the architecture of Yeon’s houses.