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In our last post you read about Design Camp instructors, Alison Ho and Alexander Atallah. Today, meet Mike Bartell and camp counselor, Hannah Mueller.
We loved Mike’s lowkey approach to his bio…so we’re just going to give it to you straight up as he gave it to us…
I have a Bachelors of Architecture with a minor in art from Texas
Tech University, graduated in 2000. I have always had a passion for
product and vehicle design. I moved to Eugene in 2004, and when I
heard about the product design program, I had to go for it. I received
A BFA in Product Design from the University of Oregon in 2013. I’m a
huge supporter of the maker and DIY movements. Currently restoring a
2000 SF home in South Eugene, rebuilding my first car which I’ve owned
since 1992, and raising my 2 children. I’m also starting a small
prototyping and design consultation business. This summer is the third
time I’ve built an entry for the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby.
I even have professional-ish pictures to choose from.
Here is one of his “professional-ish pictures!
And, last but not least! Our illustrious camp counselor, Hannah Mueller!
Hannah Mueller: Hannah Mueller graduated Magna Cum Laude last month from UO’s Digital Arts BFA program and the Clark Honors College. Graphic designer by day and freelance illustrator by night, she’s worked on everything from storyboards for yogurt commercials to a comic book about dreams, from laser-cut raptor skeletons to a children’s book about gum. She was recently hired by Baseballism, an apparel brand here in Portland, as a graphic designer.
Called by Professor Davis “a unique collaboration between the UO and MercyCorps Northwest–two Portland neighbors that have not interacted much up until now,” the venture was publicly announced on December 9, 2014 with invitations for collaborators to come on board and a giant Jenga party at Portland’s collaborative maker space, ADX, the venture welcomes all interested design students, mentors and supporters from allied fields to join and engage with the project.
Along with Professor Davis, UO Portland Design Assistance | Design Build is a volunteer group comprised of students and alumni working alongside MercyCorps Northwest to research, design, and build architectural installations that will benefit the community of Portland. Members of the professional community—on a pro-bono basis—professional architects, engineers, and makers will pair with architecture students and recent graduates of the UO Department of Architecture in Portland and the program’s urban architecture focus to provide design and build services for underserved micro-entrepreneurs to help establish their businesses. The group believes in encouraging small industry to create a healthy mix of consumption, production, and vibrant public places to live, work and play in the city of Portland.
Professor Davis notes “The idea [for UO Portland Design Assistance | Design Build] has developed over the last year, through discussions with MercyCorps Northwest and a series of focus groups with their micro-entrepreneurs. The focus groups were run by then-students Annie Ledbury and Drew Shreiner. Through the focus groups we realized that there is a need for this kind of service, dealing with physical space, to supplement the assistance in forming and running a business that MercyCorps NW already makes available to the people who get small loans from them. Through several planning and brainstorming meetings we developed this idea. The symposium on industry and micro-enterprise we had in the fall, and my own design studio on the topic, also were a big boost to the effort.”
UO Department of Architecture in Portland alumni and a volunteer organizer for UO Portland Design Assistance | Design Build, Ledbury comments that the group is “committed to balancing the social, economic, and environmental aspects of their projects.”
Ledbury explains “we’ve been working for the last year on the development of a program where MercyCorps NW micro-entrepreneurs can be helped with issues relating to their workspace—availability of space, location, design, renovation, and beyond.”
Currently, in the getting up-and-running stages, the group has been working towards developing a website through which people who would benefit from help with projects and a system which will match up students with micro-entrepreneurs to provide direct consulting assistance.
Professor Davis said the website will “go online sometime this winter, and will be linked to MercyCorps Northwest’s site.” MercyCorps Northwest executive director, Haines, noted, “We will populate our website with the design elements that helped each business so that many can learn from the examples.”
When asked about current and potential future projects, Professor Davis commented, “A student is ….working with MercyCorps Northwest on a building in east Portland that MercyCorps Northwest has recently acquired–looking at the neighborhood around the building and trying to understand how the building may better act as a catalyst for economic development in the neighborhood. It is still a little early to tell for sure, but one idea is some kind of weekend event combined with a design-build project, all run by students, at the site of the building.”
“Hopefully the collaboration will be of benefit to small-scale micro-entrepreneurs in Portland,” continued Professor Davis, “helping them to find and renovate space (many of them do not have money for or access to professional services); and it will provide UO students with experience working on real projects and the opportunity for community engagement.”
Asked to comment about UO Portland Design Assistance | Design Build and MercyCorps Northwest collaboration, Haines said, “MercyCorps Northwest works with over a thousand entrepreneurs annually. Many have come to value the design and strategic advisory assistance they get from architecture students on the best use of their often limited space…. The student teams get real world work experience, and our client businesses get advice they need.”