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Erica Dunn

Director of Design
  • Erica Dunn

Erica focuses on clear communication and collaboration to create beautiful, functional spaces to fulfill our clients’ goals.

Under Erica's guidance, Green Hammer has accelerated its ability to design-build projects that are 15 years ahead of their time, achieving today the goals of the 2030 Challenge, which calls for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Erica guides Green Hammer's design process, manages the team’s workflow, and ensures a smooth transition for all projects as they move from design to build. Her design process focuses on clear communication and close collaboration with clients to create beautiful, functional spaces that are a direct expression of our clients and bring a sense of delight to the users. 

With a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, Erica is an award-winning Architect who brings 12 years of experience in architecture and sustainable design. She has served as the Project Architect/Designer for numerous single family residences, commercial buildings, and schools including the Childpeace Montessori School in Portland during her time at Hennebery Eddy Architects.

Erica also brings a passion for sharing her knowledge and interest in sustainable design. She has served as the Co-Chair for Portland’s chapter of the Committee on the Environment, served on the Board of Director’s for the Portland chapter of the AIA, and been a guest lecturer, critic, and design studio instructor at the University of Oregon. In 2012, Erica was awarded the Van Evera Bailey Fellowship for researching the Human Aspect of Net-Zero Energy in High Performance buildings. Her research included Post-Occupancy Evaluations of nine Net Zero/High Performance building in Oregon and around the country and looked at occupant comfort and how to engage occupants in energy saving behavior. Erica was named a 2017 Woman of Vision by the DJC. 

When not focusing on her fascination with people and the spaces we inhabit, Erica practices yoga and is an avid bike commuter.  And her love of travel and experiencing new cultures is a direct extension of her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, building wells and latrines in small villages on the edge of the Sahara Desert. 

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