Mayer/Reed Promotes Anita Seeger, Hires Reece Vissia 

Anita Seeger is named Associate in recognition of her business development leadership and commitment to the evolution of the firm. As marketing manager for the past decade, Anita has managed some of Mayer/Reed’s largest pursuits while building long-term client relationships and seeking meaningful projects that align with the firm’s values. Through her work, she supports staff in learning to promote the practice and contribute to the design community. “It’s a joy to advocate for excellent design and the inspiring people that make up Mayer/Reed. I look forward to participating in the firm’s continued growth.” Anita has over 20 years of experience in the AEC industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Lewis & Clark College.

Reece Vissia, ASLA joined Mayer/Reed as a landscape designer. With experience supporting all aspects of project delivery, Reece collaborates to design spaces that foster a deeper connection with the natural environment. His current Mayer/Reed projects include the Columbia River Gorge Accessible Viewpoints and the Mt. St. Helens Institute Coldwater Campus Master Plan Update and Phase 1 Design (both in Washington). Reece holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with a minor in construction management from Washington State University.

Posted August 21, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Categories: IN THE STUDIO 

We’re Hiring: Staff Accountant

Are you an experienced accountant with general accounting, project accounting and business administration? We have an opportunity for a part-time staff accountant in our downtown creative studio. See the detailed description here. We’d love to hear from you.

Posted July 13, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Categories: IN THE STUDIO 

Raising a Glass to Design

We kicked off summer with a Mayer/Reed project tour and wine tasting to experience our work firsthand. Perched high in Portland’s West Hills, Amaterra Winery has become a destination for wine, fine dining and special events since opening in 2022. We value visiting our built work to both celebrate its completion and learn through observation. We took note of how construction details, materials and planting selections perform in real life.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, Mayer/Reed’s landscape architects worked with the client team, Waterleaf Architects through many iterations to design a unique urban winery – an ideal combination of working winery and hospitality venue. On the day of our visit, we enjoyed a tour from winemaker Matt Vuylsteke where we witnessed the success of the design, from the bay where grapes enter the building to the cascading waterfall that’s a perfect backdrop for wine-sipping selfies.

We found the terrace lawn to be a popular place to enjoy Amaterra’s bounty on a late afternoon. Overlooking new vineyards with expansive views beyond, the 7,000 sf terrace provides an indoor/outdoor guest experience, with space for food and drink service, live music and lawn games. On other days, it’s a prized wedding venue.

As the sun went down behind the trees, like others before us, our team marked the occasion with a group shot at the water feature we worked on with Hughes Water Gardens. We can’t wait to return!

Posted July 13, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed

A Season of Groundbreakings

Around the Pacific Northwest and around the world, it’s been a busy season for groundbreakings as our projects move into the construction stage. This milestone, often marked with golden shovel ceremonies, marks a particularly satisfying moment for project teams – the work is getting built.

In June our landscape architects joined a groundbreaking ceremony for a new primary school soon to take shape in the Wilsonville neighborhood of Frog Pond.

In addition, we celebrated groundbreakings for several of our signage and wayfinding projects, including: a new academic building at Vancouver’s Washington School for the Deaf, a replacement Newhouse Building on the Capitol campus in Olympia, Washington and US Embassies in Lilongwe, Malawi and Port Louis, Mauritius. Lastly, the US Department of State dedicated a new U.S. Consulate General with a ribbon cutting in Hyderabad, India, wrapping up the years long project.

Frog Pond Primary School Groundbreaking Ceremony, Wilsonville, OR