Marlene has over 23 years of professional experience and has been working on school projects since the beginning of her career. As a nationally certified educational planner with A4LE and a state-certified assessor with the Oregon Department of Education, she looks at projects with a uniquely balanced perspective. Her expertise has provided outstanding learning environments for students across Oregon, particularly in smaller cities where schools are the heart of the community, including recent clients St. Helens, Ashland, Hillsboro, McKenzie and Parkrose school districts.
As a second generation Oregonian, Marlene is deeply committed to serving local students, understanding the need to invest in their future for a better, brighter state. For many years, she has volunteered with AFO’s Architects-in-Schools program and is also on the advisory board of Centennial School District’s Sabin-Schellenberg Center architecture program. She served on the board of ACE Academy in NE Portland for several years, until it closed. Recognizing the importance of fostering the next generation of architects, she works to develop their passion for the built world around them, with particular focus on supporting underrepresented and non-traditional students.