Portland architect Hal S. Ayotte is the recipient of the University of Oregon’s 2012 George McMath Award. His expertise and guidance in preservation efforts on some of the Northwest's most notable historic treasures earned him high praise and recognition.
When UO architecture undergraduate Shirley Huang had a chance to work on a real-life design project for the City of Albany, she was initially seeking practical experience. City officials thought the former St. Francis Hotel might be adapted to support housing or return to use as a hotel.
“When you’re homeless, you get so used to doing what you have to do to survive another day that you’re not thinking about getting up at a certain time or looking for work or taking care of yourself. Those are skills you have to re-learn.”