How We Work

COLLABORATIVE PROCESS | As a consultant, Heather collaborates where possible with her husband Chris Chatto, a local Portland architect and energy expert, as well as with many diverse consultants in architecture, planning, engineering, arts, and  the public sector. The people we choose to work are seasoned professionals and community leaders that push the boundaries beyond “the average” to forge unique solutions. We are highly professional, yet also easy going, quick to laugh and full of creative outside the box ideas to keep things dynamic. As creative thinkers and solution seekers, we don’t often settle for “can’t”, instead we are always looking for “how can we?” We are foragers, constant seekers of new ideas, hunting for examples of how others had been building with quality to create good livable density and active artful public spaces, interesting adaptive reuse of objects and ultra-sustainable buildings, searching out architectural bio-mimicry, and drawing upon time-tested design of great cities as new models for our own creative work. To learn more, read our our blog: “Foraging for Design Inspiration“.