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Steve Gemmell: Earthquake Tech

Steve Gemmell was working as a contractor for several years when he first encountered the issue of retrofitting. “I owned an old house and I wanted earthquake insurance,” he recalls.

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John Economaki: Tool Maker

John Economaki first came to Portland in 1973 to work as a woodshop teacher at Lincoln High School. With a background in electrical engineering and a bachelor of applied science

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Debbie Brook: Landscape Designer

Debbie Brooks had always loved gardening and the outdoors, so when she completed her interior design courses at junior college and ruled out being an architect, landscape design seemed like

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Steve Gemmell: Earthquake Tech

Steve Gemmell: Earthquake Tech

Steve Gemmell was working as a contractor for several years when he first encountered the issue of retrofitting. “I owned an old house and I wanted earthquake insurance,” he recalls. “I called State Farm up and asked for an earthquake insurance policy. They asked me if my house was bolted down and I didn’t know […]

John Economaki: Tool Maker

John Economaki: Tool Maker

John Economaki first came to Portland in 1973 to work as a woodshop teacher at Lincoln High School. With a background in electrical engineering and a bachelor of applied science from the University of Iowa, John found he loved woodworking and furniture making more than he anticipated, and soon he was building furniture full time. […]

Debbie Brook: Landscape Designer

Debbie Brook: Landscape Designer

Debbie Brooks had always loved gardening and the outdoors, so when she completed her interior design courses at junior college and ruled out being an architect, landscape design seemed like an excellent option. “Even though I wasn’t interested in architecture, I still loved design, art, graphics, color, texture and all that,” Debbie remembers. She enrolled […]

Dan Legree: Art Glass Designer

Dan Legree: Art Glass Designer

For Dan Legree and his business partner Susanne Grauten moving their art glass studio from Eureka, California to Portland proved a savvy business move. Dan and Susanne founded Savoy Studios in Eureka in 1972, working on small projects like sun catchers and windows for business and residences. By 1980, the pair felt they had done […]

Debra Wilde: Interior Designer

Debra Wilde: Interior Designer

An aspiring artist since she was young, Debra Wilde’s fascination with color began in a traumatic way. While working in New York as a governess during her college years, Debra was the victim of a head-on collision with a drunk driver. She describes the experience in her recent book Colors Gone Wilde, writing, “At the […]

Colleen Murphy: Interior Designer

Colleen Murphy: Interior Designer

Originally from Iowa, Colleen Murphy fell in love with Portland while interning with Yost Grube Hall Architecture during a summer break in college. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in interior design, she returned to Portland and began working for CIDA, a multidisciplinary design firm. “I was just one of two interior […]

Ms. Bennett Burns: Landscape Architect

Ms. Bennett Burns: Landscape Architect

Bennett Burns had been working as a landscape architect for nearly twenty years when she decided shes needed a break. With an undergraduate degree in biology and a master's degree in landscape architecture, she had always loved her work.

Shane Endicott: Rebuilding Center

Shane Endicott: Rebuilding Center

Our United Villages, a nonprofit co-founded by Endicott and three other volunteers in 1997, encourages community members to work together to identify and use existing resources to affect positive change in Portland neighborhoods.