Heather Flint Chatto, Principal & Owner | Heather is a professional planner and urban designer with more than 20 years of professional work in environmental design, civic and regional planning and environmental policy practice. She is passionate about education, green building, ecological design and fostering community engagement in both her professional and volunteer work. In addition to a Masters degree in Urban Planning and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies for Teachers, she draws on a diverse background of experience working both in the public and private sector as well as nonprofits. She has extensive experience collaborating successfully with architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers, energy efficiency experts, and local and state government leaders. In 2015, she was honored with an award from the Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Top 25 Woman of Vision for the State of Oregon and again in 2019 for her community service work with PDX Main Streets.
Patrick Hilton, Drafting & Design Assistant | Trained as an urban planner, Patrick is a multi-talented designer, illustrator and urbanist. Patrick grew up in Chicago and received his Bachelors degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Like many of our colleagues, he has a diverse set of creative design skills and a strong community service ethic. Patrick first became a collaborator while he was volunteering with Architecture for Humanity on our “Your Voice Matters” project and contributed many of his beautiful architectural illustrations to our Division Main Street Design Guidelines. Patrick now collaborates with Forage Design doing field work, drafting, and design support on key projects. In his spare time, Patrick is pursuing his contracting license and runs a project called City Love with podcasts and community events. See some of Patrick’s drawing work at patrickehilton.com.
Tehniyat Naveed, Research Assistant | Tehniyat is a graduate of Reed College and supports Forage Design with research, technical writing and planning. Tehniyat’s interest in urban planning stems from her studies at Reed where she did extensive research and a thesis on land use and zoning with a focus on religious institutions and mosque building in Portland. Tehniyat believes that in order to understand people, we have to understand their spaces. She is particularly interested in how design and planning can either disconnect or empower communities to improve the livability of a city. She is a valued part of our team and splits her time between research at Forage and our community service project, the Portland Main Streets Design Initiative (PDX Main Streets).
Solomon Olshin, Research & Design Intern | Solomon is a rising sophomore at Pomona College in Claremont, CA assisting Forage Design on multiple projects including helping develop solar integration and design support for the Kiosk Project, a design initiative with PDX Main Streets to create a series of resilient placemaking structures with a variety of support services for communities. Solomon is new to the world of urban design and placemaking, but comes to it with a personal emphasis on environmental preservation, economic sustainability, and changing the narrative about environmental practices to promote a more economically-focused and depoliticized worldview of conservation efforts. In his free time, Solomon founded and leads Shine, a nonprofit team of students developing environmentally-conscious and cost-effective products that address basic needs of displaced people in the United States and abroad. He also co-founded and co-leads Global Youth Entrepreneurs, a student group which organizes international entrepreneurial education exchange events for high school students. He is considering a career in international sustainable infrastructure development consulting.