Pivot North Architecture is led by three principals with over 50 years of combined experience executing projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Based in Boise, Idaho, Pivot North's team focuses on providing design services including architecture, programming, planning, and sustainable design. Our experience is diverse in both project size and building type and we are committed to further establishing our business and relationships both locally and regionally.
Our creative process relies heavily on collaboration between the design team, delivery team and all stakeholders. The success of each project lies in our team's ability to ask the right question and most importantly, listen intently to the answer. Your experiences coupled with our knowledge of design, trends, building codes and the construction industry provide the vehicle to realize your project vision.
AIA | NCARB | Principal
As a principal of Pivot North, Clint specializes in k-12 education, higher education, civic, and adaptive reuse architecture. He is a strong communicator and is skilled in all phases of the design and construction process. Clint has a passion for client satisfaction and closely works with each of his clients to bring their goals and vision to reality.
Clint’s lifestyle is a balance of architecture and spending time with family and friends. He can often be found enjoying everything outdoors including hunting, fishing, skiing, camping, golf, and travel.
AIA | NCARB | LEED AP bd+c | Principal
Gary received a Bachelor of Sciences in Architectural Studies in 1998, and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1999 from Washington State University. During his professional career, he has worked on a wide variety of projects from small renovations for the Federal Government to large multi-phase, multi-year healthcare projects for an Idaho based Health System.
Driven by a desire to succeed and to be proud of his team’s accomplishments, he is passionate about business and developing the next generation of leaders. Gary enjoys summer vacations with his family and working on the many projects around the house.
AIA | Principal
A native of Boise, John received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho. John returned to Boise in 2011 and brought with him experience in a broad range of building types from large scale civic and performing arts venues, condominiums, custom residential, higher education and mixed-use housing projects. He has experience in teaming and working collaboratively with nationally recognized architectural firms and believes that it takes a collaborative effort and contribution from everyone involved for a project to achieve its utmost potential and success.
AIA | NCARB | Architect
Jared brings over 13 years of industry experience to Pivot North. A 2006 graduate of Washington State University, he serves as one of our Project Managers. Jared moved to Boise shortly after earning his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and entered the architecture industry with a goal of working with clients to bring their visions to life. He has realized this goal through an extensive background in healthcare facility design among other project types.
Outside the office, Jared can be found skiing in Idaho with his family in the winter and utilizing the ample amounts of Boise mountain biking trails in the summer. Jared will also serve as 2019 AIA Idaho Central Section's President.
Raised in the Treasure Valley, Corey Barnes is an integral part of Pivot North's technical team. Corey's leadership and varied experience includes team coordination of building information models (BIM) for a wide spectrum of projects, whose size and complexity includes a nine square block campus master plan of over one million square feet and consisting of 20 discrete building models.
Corey spends his off hours with his family and weekends in his wood shop creating reclaimed home decor for he and his wife's Etsy business.
Michael "McQ" McHugh
Senior Project Designer
Michael is a skilled designer with over 19 years of experience who brings a wide range of design and hands-on building experience to each project. He is responsive to site and context issues while balancing the clients’ needs. His ability to listen carefully to the wide-ranging input from stakeholders makes significant, positive impacts on his projects. His input in early project stages bring creative responses to feasibility studies and site development. Michael’s recent design work includes Lincoln Place Apartments and the Stephens Creek Crossing HOPE VI Redevelopment.
Michael and his wife recently relocated to Boise after 20 years in Portland, Oregon. They are settling into the slower pace of life and are enjoying fun outdoor activities just a stone's throw from town. When not skiing or biking you can find him designing and building furniture.
A native of Alaska, Deirdra made her trek to the lower 48 to earn a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Idaho. For Deirdra, architecture provides her with the chance to contribute and collaborate as part of a team to help make the client's vision a reality. As is the nature of the industry, architecture also gives her the opportunity to learn from creative colleagues and mentors along the way.
Deirdra enjoys traveling with her husband and hiking with her dog, Freddy. Her extra-curricular interests include drawing, painting, reading and the not-so-occasional Netflix binge session.
Chad Gierhart adds 20 years of architectural design and project management experience to the Pivot North team. Chad’s professional experience includes large scale multi-family, commercial and institutional projects throughout the US. In his position, Chad will provide leadership and guidance for project teams.
Tri obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and adds over a decade of experience to our team. His professional experience includes mixed-use multi-family housing, residential custom design, institutional and healthcare projects. He believes that Architecture is about making thoughtful space while respecting the site, program and concept. His goal is to achieve that with the economic and honest treatment of materials and structure.
After living and working in Houston, Denver and Seattle, he settled in Boise with his family and is enjoying the unique balance between work / play, urban / nature setting this city has to offer.
With a passion for detail and a gift for translating an architectural vision into built work, Chris brings over twenty years’ experience to Pivot’s team. Educated at Boise State University and the University of Utah, he has found that his niche in a design firm is to help effectively interpret the design concept into effective construction documents. He excels at thoughtful execution of materials and in communicating design ideas to both owner and contractor.
The same energy and enthusiasm that he brings to Pivot is evident outside of the office as well. Chris is an active runner, hitting local races and traveling the country as a half marathon pacer. When Chris is not running, he can be found working on the yard at home or hanging out with friends at a local restaurant.
Originally from Sitka Alaska and armed with an Associates of Arts from the University of Alaska Southeast, a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from Washington State University, Richard joined the PNa team in the Summer of 2017. He cites his desire to collaborate, problem solve and a strong background in art as the inspiration to pursue architecture as a career. He admires the challenge of an ever-changing architectural landscape and the creative freedom it represents.
Richard is also an avid photographer, working with both DSLR and traditional film. He enjoys the outdoors Idaho offers by hiking, mountain biking, fishing, snowboarding, baseball, and basketball.
After living all over the Pacific Northwest, Kyle has found his home here in the Treasure Valley. While obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Idaho, he fell in love with all Idaho has to offer. In his professional career, he has worked on an extensive variety of projects including minor commercial remodels, affordable housing, and large healthcare projects. Finding beauty in simplicity, he appreciates pushing the boundary of what Architecture is, and what Architecture can be.
Kyle enjoys his projects outside of the office as well; from remodeling homes to re-purposing & up-cycling furniture, there aren’t many projects Kyle won’t take on. He enjoys traveling in his self-built custom tiny home as well, on a hot day he can be found relaxing on the river or camping out on the mountain during a weekend of fresh snow.
Kayla is a native Idahoan and graduate of the University of Idaho. She began her design career in Southern California and later relocated to Portland, Oregon, before coming back to Boise. Over the years she has had the opportunity to learn and collaborate with many talented designers who have influenced her appreciation for hard work and the quality of design.
Kayla enjoys taking on projects that push her outside of her comfort zone and values visual harmony, spatial symmetry, and a forward thinking approach to design. She believes every project has its own personality and wants to create spaces that provide sanctuary, comfort, and style.
Not native to Idaho, Karen moved to Boise in 2012, armed with a love for furniture, fabric, art, and aesthetically pleasing spaces that have the power to transform a person’s mood. She brings over 16 years of experience to Pivot North Architecture. From education to healthcare, commercial offices to rustic cabins, Karen finds great satisfaction in helping the team create spaces that complement the architecture, meet a need, answer a question, and bring unexpected joy in the details. Decisions are always made with the client’s needs, timeline and budget in mind. Collaborating, mentoring, learning, listening, and laughing are all a part of her daily life. In the end, though, it is the delicate balance between art and science, left and right brain functions, team comradery, and color that drew her to interior design in the first place, and keep her happily occupied.
Off-hours include cooking, reading, quilting, cruising the Greenbelt, enjoying movies at The Flicks, attending juried art fairs, keeping up with her two off-site children, and looking forward to someday having another dog.
Kelli brings over 8 years of industry experience to Pivot North along with a wealth of knowledge in contract administration, marketing and construction. Her project background includes commercial, retail, multi-family, government and institutional work of all sizes. Kelli’s experience will benefit our projects and teams with consistent project coordination support.
Raised in the pacific northwest Kelli has a deep love of nature, hiking, and photography. She enjoys being challenged, learning and is always looking for ways to improve function and flow. Outside the office she can usually be found spending time with her family, reading and watching football.
Originally from the Midwest, Ian graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master of Architecture. His experience ranges in scale from single family residences & historic renovations, to large mixed-use buildings and multi-family developments. Ian views each project as a unique design opportunity to be carefully researched and studied. With each design, Ian focuses on details which will bring a client’s vision to life.
After living on the east coast and the mountain west, Ian moved to the Treasure Valley. Outside of work, Ian can be found running and hiking trails in the mountains, fly-fishing the Boise River, and boarding fresh powder at the local slopes.
Jeff is a native Texan, but spent a majority of his time growing up in Idaho. He attended Boise State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in French. He then went on to obtain his Masters of Architecture from the University of Idaho. Jeff brings industry experience to the Pivot North team in various areas including commercial, multi-family, and residential projects. He enjoys continually learning about architecture and how it can shape and influence our environment. He is focused on achieving client's goals and helping projects reach their full potential.
Outside of the office Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and young kids. He is an avid outdoorsman and among other things he likes to travel, camp, hike, hunt, run, and snowboard. With any leftover spare time Jeff also dabbles in drawing, painting, cooking and building things around the house.
A recent graduate of the University of Idaho, Samantha obtained her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Idaho and is currently in the process of completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Idaho extension in Boise. Samantha is passionate about architecture centered around human interaction and the integration between indoor and outdoor environments. She is excited to be working in Boise, and to be a part of the rapidly developing downtown.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys exploring the pacific northwest with her close friends, traveling, skiing, camping, and spending time in downtown Boise.
Fred the Moose
Chairman of the Board
Also a native of Alaska, Fred brings years of natural experience and wild perspective to Pivot North's culture. While Fred enjoyed sauntering through forests and munching on trees, he opted for a more relaxed life of hanging out in Pivot North’s lounge. Although generally a sedentary fellow, he is not immune to a moose’s nature and occasionally will bounce off the wall. His go with the flow yet slightly unpredictable personality make him the perfect candidate as the office's official party animal.