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THA Architecture is now Hacker

by Sarah Bell

Today we announce a new firm name, which both honors the legacy of our founder, Thomas Hacker, and marks a new chapter for the firm.

In the words of Becca Cavell, our managing principal: “Hacker is moving in exciting new directions, but at the same time we remain deeply rooted in Thom’s founding vision of creating beautiful spaces that enrich the world – spaces that are authentic expressions of their purpose and place.”

We are excited about the future, and are so pleased to say:

We are Hacker.

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From the Vaults: OHSU’s BICC

by Sarah Bell

Of all the potential projects that I could write about for these “From the Vaults” blog posts, Oregon Health & Sciences University’s Biomedical Information Communications Center (BICC, for short) is the one I’ve been most intimidated by. Mostly because it is one of my all-time favorite projects, in addition to being the first large education project completed by the firm (the building opened in 1991). It’s not a stretch to say that winning the commission in 1987 and subsequent completion of the building was seminal in the formation of THA. The firm was just 4 years old, and the 81,000 sf building’s wide acclaim put the firm on the map, led directly to another large project at OHSU (the School of Nursing), and laid the track for nearly 40 higher education buildings completed since the BICC’s opening.

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