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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a leader: Kevin Cavenaugh

Date: 11:30am - 1:00pm PST February 20 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 302

J.R. Howard, Room 302

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Kevin Cavenaugh

After completing architecture school at U.C. Berkeley and a 2-year stint building schools and homes for the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa, Kevin Cavenaugh moved to Portland, Oregon in 1993.

He still works in Portland, designing and developing quirky commercial and residential buildings.  He tends to use inexpensive materials and always attains high energy efficiency in his work.  His 2008 development, the Burnside Rocket, earned a LEED Platinum rating.

From hip restaurants to creative offices to wonderful residential renters, Cavenaugh has been fortunate to turn his good buildings into great buildings by virtue of the tenants; and he has a waiting list for every new building he produces.  And because he builds with the intention of keeping each project, he also learns directly how his designs age as he maintains them year by year.

Recent projects include the lenticular art-faced Zipper, a micro-restaurant food hall, New New Crusher Court, a contrarian financial model hidden within an adaptive re-use building, and the whimsically adorned Fair-Haired Dumbbell, the first stand-alone crowdfunded building in the nation.

Finally, acknowledging the need to balance not just design and profit, Cavenaugh is jousting at the gap between the head and the heart - taking on a reverse gentrification housing project, the Atomic Orchard Lofts, and a ‘monastic’ infill ditty aimed Jolene’s First Cousin, targeting permanent shelter for the homeless - all without a penny of public subsidy.

Cavenaugh was a Loeb Fellow in 2007-2008 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership 

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends while you enjoy a FREE lunch!