Hacker is a studio of 50+ united by a call to create meaningful spaces that enrich the world—spaces that make us feel more connected to the landscape, each other and ourselves.

Hacker's commitment to equity



Calvin Brawner

Marketing communications / Brand storytelling through print, digital, environmental media / Dedicated to supporting client experience, design team process / Supporting and empowering people to do their best work / Member of Hacker's Social and Environmental Advocacy Committee

Brendan Hart

AIA / Believer in architecture’s power to unite communities small and large in a common vision / Advocate for mass timber’s potential to bolster local economies, push design innovation / Architectural history buff / Active in the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Architects in Schools, Portland Winter Lights Festival

Stacy Homsley

Senior Accountant / Database manager, making payroll happen / Dedicated to detail and to tackling the tough stuff head on / The joy of a successfully completed project

Marissa Jordan

Designer engaged on office, workplace, higher education / Committed to understanding scale, movement within space, and the intersection of social and political forces with the tangible built environment / Member of Hacker’s Social and Environmental Advocacy committee

Matt Leavitt

RA / Engaged in conscientious, inclusive, accessible design for higher education, cultural, and community-focused spaces / Dedicated to engagement, outreach / Advocate for design that reaches and supports traditionally underserved communities / Member of Architects Without Borders

Emily Knudsen Leland

Detail-focused devotee to timeless spaces that respect past, present, and future / Balancing concern for users and environment / Reinforcing large building design concepts through interior detail / Leveraging collaborative power for stronger design outcomes

Justin Mayo

Associate AIA / Engaged in workplace, office, residential design that respects and reflects context / Drawing on synergy between architecture’s subjective and objective aspects / Elevating the user experience through thoughtful, tangible details

Nick Pectol

Design generalist with film background and love of visual storytelling / Creating meaningful spaces for the experience of life / Engaged in community-focused design / Libraries, cultural arts facilities / Rendering detail and texture that brings project visions to life

David Pex

Chief Financial Officer / Finance, accounting, tax specialist / Licensed tax consultant / Complex multi-variable issue-tackler / New technology enthusiast

Rachel Schopmeyer

RA, LEED AP BD+C / Keen communicator realizing complex, challenging designs through collaboration, engagement / Leveraging knowledge and participation of clients, building users / Making order at all scales / Passionate advocate for gender equity in architecture / Believer in power of mentorship

Pat Thorne

Office Coordinator / Manager of people, places, things / Schedule manager and planning strategist for activities, events, meetings / Essential support for staff, project teams

Caitie Vanhauer

Creating sustainable, inclusive, enriched worlds through design community collaboration / Integration of landscape and architecture / Engaged in sustainability, biophilic design, Life Cycle Analysis / Member of Hacker’s Social and Environmental Advocates committee

Janell Widmer

Bridging the intersection of interior design and architecture in the office and the work / Leveraging biophilia, technology, sustainability to design for comfort and happiness / Champion of cross-disciplinary learning and investigation / Materials transparency research advocate

Lewis Williams

RA / Design generalist engaged in education, cultural, and mixed-use residential and office design / Bringing life to spaces that exist to serve others and to tell their stories / Dedicated to collaboration across teams, communities / Promoting sustainable, equitable communities through design / Member of AIA Emerging Professionals Committee

Hayley Wilson

Marketing communications strategist and proposal coordinator / Writer, editor, social media manager / Passionate about affordable housing, urban density / Member of Hacker’s Social and Environmental Advocacy committee

Keri Woltz

RA / Devoted to socially-driven architecture / Cultivating place within growing globalized culture and changing urban fabrics / Champion of design with meaning, equity, accessibility to all



Audrey Alverson

LEED Green Associate / Director of Marketing / Architectural storyteller / Content development, strategy / Co-Leader of Hacker's Social and Environmental Advocacy Committee / Advancing Hacker's commitment to social equity in office, community

Josh Ashcroft

Director of Visualization / Architectural graphics / Developing Hacker's visual storytelling through emerging digital media, generative design tools / Digital media producer, video and virtual reality content / Licensed drone pilot navigating project progress from all angles

Scott Barton-Smith

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Laboratory, higher education, office design / Sustainable design advocate / Creating beautiful, humane spaces that reflect distinct character of client and site / Curator of office gallery / Founder of Hacker Makers art exhibit series

Daniel Childs

RA / Single and multi-family residential design / Embracing evolving facets of our craft / Creating beautiful, unique urban communities in the Pacific Northwest

Vijayeta Davda

RA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA / Creating connections between people and nature / Healthy buildings, minimalist design, social equity / Sustainability advocate strengthening Hacker's AIA 2030 Commitment / Member, Hacker's Social and Environmental Advocacy Committee and Portland chapter of Living Future Collaborative

Jesse Figgins

RA, LEED AP BD+C / Design generalist engaged on a diversity of projects / Education, residential, office design / Devoted to technical excellence, tight documentation / Collaborating across teams and communities to bring visions to life / Making good design happen in the real world

Jake Freauff

AIA / Detailing and design integration specialist / Design leader with thorough understanding of construction sequencing, methods, processes / Exquisite material detailing supported by expansive technical knowledge / Engaged in higher education, civic, cultural design / Extensive renovation experience / Advancing Hacker's commitment to sustainable design

Sonia Norskog

RA / Versatile architect with strong interiors background / Programming, space planning, human-centered design / Collaborating with clients and space-users to bring visions to life / Creating vibrant hubs of activity with amazing detailing

Tyler Nishitani

AIA / Civic, community-focused, holistic design / Critical design thinking / Pursuing excellence in process, methodology, collaboration, detailing / Graphics, infographics / Buildings that serve as beacons and vital resources to served communities / Member of Hacker's Onboarding, Social and Environmental Advocacy committees

Tracey Olson

RA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, NCIDQ / Health and wellness in the built environment / Vibrant architecture that allows people to thrive / Biophilic design, materials transparency, environmental psychology / Leveraging technology and material innovation to create inspired spaces for human interaction / Member of Workplace Evolutionaries, Portland

Sarah Post-Holmberg

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Enriching connections between communities and nature / Engaged on higher education and K-12 education design / Collaborating with clients to expand the realm of what's possible / Advancing Hacker's sustainability leadership in the office and the work / Social equity through sustainable design / Co-Leader, Hacker's Social and Environmental Advocacy committee

Caitlin Ranson

RA / Architectural generalist engaged on cultural, performing arts, community-focused design / Creating dense, vibrant, authentic spaces that strengthen communities / Urban design that elevates and protects nature / Complex problem-solver dedicated to achieving unified vision that prioritizes design / Member, Hacker’s Social and Environmental Advocacy committee

Amelie Reynaud

RA / Believer in architecture’s power to positively influence and shape society / Designer with diverse educational, spiritual, commercial expertise / Renovation and expansion enthusiast / Social equity and biophilic design advocate

Tom Schmidt

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Creating sustainable, resilient communities through collaboration, accessible design / Workplace and office design / Energy efficiency, accessibility, seismic safety, historic sensitivity in renovations, tenant improvements / Advocate for budget-efficient sustainable design

Nic Smith

AIA / Design generalist with art, carpentry, construction fabrication background / Residential design and spatial analysis / Meaningful buildings that go beyond function / Advocate for design literacy, continuing education, and the vital role of architecture in our daily lives

Joe Swank

RA, LEED AP, DBIA / Elevating the work of architecture through education / Design-build expert fostering diversity and social equity through mentorship, hands-on learning / Founder of after school architecture and community design program, Your Street Your Voice / Design-Build Institute of America member

Rashmi Vasavada

AIA, LEED AP / Designer of creative spaces for higher education, arts, workplace / Drawing on the site and natural context to strengthen design solution / Leveraging resourcefulness of the architecture profession to meet challenges faced by broader communities / Inspired by the challenge to deliver quality and beauty using modest resources

Alex Zelaya

RA, LEED AP BD+C / Believer in the power of good design to help lead us to a healthier, happier future / Steadfast advocate for mass timber and advancing Hacker’s commitment to sustainable design / Member of Portland Critical Mass Timber Group and Hacker’s Social and Environmental Advocacy committee


Associate Principals

Jennifer Fowler

Affiliate IIDA / Director of Interior Design / Holistic vision leading the integration of exterior and interior form / Textile and color geek / Finds meaning in crafting uniquely supportive user experiences / Committed to accessibility, social equity, shared space resources

Nick Hodges

AIA / Versatile project management leader devoted to civic design and sustainable design strategies / Engaged in higher education, multi-family housing, urban design / Committed to client engagement, advocacy / Region Council Chair of Society for College and University Planners

Chris Hodney

LEED AP / Design leader on urban housing and mixed-use development / Dedicated to exceptional design for the public realm / Focus on light, proportion, innovative construction through simple, timeless materials / Creating sustainable cities through density and mass transit infrastructure

Laura Klinger

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Library design and planning specialist / Creating welcoming community spaces that foster connections / Advancing community-focused design through public outreach and engagement / Member of American Library Association and LLAMA's Architecture for Public Libraries committee

Stefee Knudsen

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Pedagogy-centered design / Devoted to biophilic design that connects us with the natural world / Creating buildings that feel genuinely good and supportive to those who rely on them / Member of Association for Learning Environments and AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

Scott Mannhard

RA / Design leader with versatile project experience, committed to approachable, tangible, inspiring architecture / Belief in curiosity as driver of design innovation, and in architecture's endless potential to enrich the world

Matt Sugarbaker

AIA / Higher education and multi-family housing / Cross-laminated timber and technical expert / Advocate for universal access / Devoted to serving clients, project teams, the work / "Authentic architecture with a simple message speaks the loudest"


Sarah Bell

LEED Green Associate / Develops and supports firm's market strategies / Tenacious advocate for evolving firm while honoring its origins / Inspired by opportunities to positively impact day-to-day lives of employees, clients, community / Member of Hacker's Social and Environmental Advocacy committee

Will Dann

AIA / Enlighten, educate, connect / Generalist with deep experience in higher education, urban design, campus planning, mixed-use design / Strong advocate for owner and user needs / Facilitating clear, efficient, inclusive design process / Passion for humane urbanism / Dedicated to mentorship, collaboration, sharing in new creative tools and strategies

Charles Dorn

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / The power of high-quality design to make the world a better place / Studio arts facility design expert / Passionate about sustainable and bio-climatic design / Champion for Integrated Design Process to balance environmental, social, economic project mandates / Dedicated to mentorship, helping others achieve success in architectural career and life

David Keltner

AIA, LEED AP / Expressing architectural meaning in new and unique ways / Visionary design leader guiding Hacker's higher education, multi-family housing, civic and institutional work / Spaces that create connections and bring people together / CLT and wood design expert, vocal advocate for research and application in the Northwest / Former City of Portland Design Review Commissioner

Corey Martin

Designing spaces that reflect beauty and poetry of activities within / Visionary design leader guiding Hacker's cultural, spiritual, commercial, residential work / Dedicated to manifesting client values, visions, stories through architecture / Prioritizing daylight, environment, spatial dynamism, craft / Design that frames and echoes the natural landscape


Thomas Hacker

FAIA / From Louis Kahn's student-collaborator, to teacher, to Founding Principal, to celebrated architect/humanist, lecturer, sculptor / Known for rigorously organized plans, expressive use of form and structure, honoring material, light, landscape / Called to create spaces that serve and enrich people, communities, the world