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Forty Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward


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Jody Mohney Pene has enjoyed a diversity of careers in graphic arts, interior design, and teaching. Her projects include such notable clients as the Atlanta Hawks basketball Team, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and sports clothing giants, NIKE and Columbia Sportswear. In this lecture, she reflects upon her long-ranging career and her personal philosophy as a designer. Mohney Pene is the 2012 Margo Grant Walsh Professor in Interior Architecture and the Gunilla K. Finrow Lecturer.


Center for Health and Healing, Portland, Oregon: Photographer: Jamie Forsythe

Jody Mohney Pene, IIDA , LEED AP, graduated from the University of Oregon in 1972 with her bachelor of interior architecture. In her professional career spanning forty years, she spent time initially working in Pittsburgh in graphic arts and interior design and then returned to the West Coast and worked as an interior designer with two of Oregon’s major architectural firms, Boora Architects from 1978 to 1984 and GBD Architects Incorporated from 1984 to 2010.  With GBD, she was a principal for 16 years and the principal-in-charge of interior design for 12 of those years.

Pene’s project emphasis has been in corporate and professional office design with experience also in a variety of other project types such as high-rise housing, healthcare, athletic clubs, and specialized retail.  Several of her projects have won Portland Chapter American Institue of Architects (AIA) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) design awards and have been published in Interior Design Magazine, Interiors, and the American Bar Association Journal.  She has participated in two LEED Platinum and ten LEED Gold Certified projects. Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) ratings are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Pene is a LEED accredited professional and member of IIDA.  In 2009, she served as a design juror for the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter Design Awards.

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