Advisory Council

Joe Baldwin

Associate Principal, Opsis Architecture

Joe Baldwin has been an active member of the Los Angeles and Portland architecture and academic communities for over 20 years. He has spent the last 12 years at Opsis Architecture as a Project Architect and Lead Designer on several award-winning, environmentally sustainable projects. Joe focuses on higher education, arts education, and community-based projects and is interested in the dynamic and creative interplay between landscape, site specificity, social impact, sustainability, and built form.

Amanda Claire

Creative Manager, Wieden + Kennedy

Amanda Claire is a Creative Manager at Wieden + Kennedy where she helps lead creative campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. A Portland native, she’s been immersed in the Northwest’s cultural landscape for nearly a decade and is a multifaceted creative producer with experience producing photoshoots, brand campaigns, events, websites and experiences. Curiosity, passion and a keen understanding of the creative process are the focal points of her work in the design realm.

Ericka Colvin

Project Architect, Yost Grube Hall Architecture

Ericka is a project architect with nearly 10 years of experience on projects including
art museums, tenant improvements, primary schools and governmental facilities.
She is responsible for coordinating internal teams and consultants while also overseeing all aspects of design, documentation and construction on projects of varying scales.
Additionally, Ericka is passionate about all aspects of sustainable design and is
interested in how design thinking can be relevant to under-resourced international communities.

Between living in Boston and Portland, Ericka lived in rural Guatemala where she worked with a local community to build a school campus primarily from rammed earth and waste materials.
Ericka was an adjunct faculty member at Boston Architectural College and has been a juror for the Portland State University Department of Architecture.

Brittney Herrera

Senior Workplace Strategist, SERA Architects

Brittney is a Senior Workplace Strategist for SERA Architects, a demonstrated leader, and active philanthropist. While technically a red-headed step-child, that label has not stopped her from becoming a trusted advisor and designer for some of the top Tech firms in the world. Her designs are home to the likes of TripAdvisor, edX, LogMeIn, EnerNOC and Blackduck Software. She is a former President of IIDA New England and a current board member of The Arthritis Foundation’s Oregon Chapter, a member of the Center for Workplace Innovation Think Tank and the Design Museum’s Advisory Council.

When not making out of the box Interiors for her clients, Brittney can be found in the kitchen making her famous chocolate chip cookies while her daughter empties the Tupperware drawer. #mommieproblems
Her mottos include (but are not limited to): “If it was easy, everyone would do it”; “You can have a good day or a bad day, the effort is the same”; The juice is worth the squeeze”; “Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield.”

Ed Herrera

Senior Designer, BRIC Architecture, Inc.

Ed Herrera has long been interested in art, design, and how the two intertwine in the urban fabric. He draws on his own life experiences of childhood in the Philippines and growing up in Southern California to be resonating inspirations for provoking connections and collaborations –a consistent theme he likes to embed, whether in the workplace or community. Having lived in San Diego, Boston, and now Portland, his involvement in multiple architecture communities has enabled him to explore professional collaborations in each region.


Ed holds high value in the impact that the built environment, in each respective form, can have in social and economic change, from multi-family housing, mixed-use structures, and corporate workplace environments. His continued pursuit of helping to shape communities has directed him to focus on schools and educational environments.

Ed brings many years of design background expertise to our Advisory Council, from such grass roots work of mosaic tile murals to delivering a 20-story multi-family residence. In his words: “It all comes down to the process.” Ed is a Senior Designer at BRIC Architecture, Inc., where he works on school design and is constantly inspired by working for the children.

Rick A. Potestio


Rick A. Potestio is an architect and designer, whose practice, POTESTIO STUDIO, is based in Portland, Oregon. He has a Masters in Architecture from Syracuse University and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is registered as an architect in Massachusetts and Oregon. He has received local, regional and national awards for residential and institutional projects he designed with his own firm and as design lead of prominent NW firms.

He has also received recognition for furniture design and art. He has served on numerous local, regional and state governmental commissions and non-profit boards with agendas in planning, transportation, cycling and tourism. He is the founder of the Cross Crusade Cyclo Cross Series, an annual bike race event that has grown to national stature.

Jeri Tess

Senior Interior Designer, Opsis Architecture

Jeri Tess is a Senior Associate at Portland-based Opsis Architecture where she leads the interiors group. Jeri works closely with clients to create memorable spaces that nurture and inspire people in their work and play. She has designed numerous national and regional award-winning institutional projects. Jeri’s passion for the arts and interest in collaborating with artists from varying fields has resulted in the creation of art projects and events in Portland and Sweden that look at the intersection of performing arts and architecture.