April 30, 2012


Rudayna Abdo spoke at the Oman Affordable Housing Development Summit in Muscat, Oman, which opened on April 16. Rudayna spoke about revisiting urban planning and development codes to promote development in North Wathba and Al Gharbia in the United Arab Emirates. The summit brought together an array of eminent regional and international experts to discuss strategies and solutions to the region’s housing challenges.

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   April 27, 2012

Otak’s Kate Schwarzler delivered a presentation at the 32nd Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from April 16-20. During her presentation, Managing New Impacts from Energy Development, she discussed preserving the scenic values of our western landscapes for future generations in the face of growing demand for land uses. Communication sites, linear rights-of-way, recreation, private development, as well as energy and mineral development have the potential to alter the character of the landscape and impact the user experience of our parks, trails, recreation areas and scenic byways, if not carefully planned and designed. Kate’s presentation provided an overview of different methods for documenting the visual environment, evaluating the visual quality of the landscape, understanding how proposed changes may alter scenic qualities and strategies to mitigate potential impacts.

The conference, held by the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP), aims to educate attendees about current outdoor recreation planning efforts and features dozens of presentations that share outdoor recreation planning best practices, trends and success stories. About 200 professionals from federal, state and local agencies, the commercial sector and academic institutions typically attend the NARRP conference.

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   April 23, 2012

Congratulations to Amr Azzazi on passing his LEED Green Associate exam! Amr is an architect working out of our office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Otak’s LEED-Accredited professionals in Abu Dhabi ensure that our commitment to sustainability is being implemented overseas. Good job Amr!











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   April 20, 2012

Otak has won the 2012 American Public Works Association’s Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Burnham Street Improvements project! This national award puts Otak in a very elite group of winners, and Otak will receive a plaque at the APWA annual Awards Recognition Ceremony in Anaheim, California this summer.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project!

To learn more about the Burnham Street project, please click here.

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   April 18, 2012

Otak recently had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from Kosovo as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors from Kosovo met with key Otak staff and discussed a wide variety of issues related to planning, development, and maintenance of public infrastructure. Few members of the delegation had visited the United States before, and the visitors remarked that they found the exchange “very useful and appropriate to their program objectives and individual questions.” The feeling was mutual at Otak as our participants benefited greatly from the lively discussion with our visitors.

We would like to thank the World Affairs Council of Oregon for this wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas with visitors from around the world! To find out more about the International Visitor Leadership Program, please click here.

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   April 16, 2012


Howdy from LA and the APA national conference. Attended really interesting sessions on healthy food planning, LA planning and city planning as viewed from literature, and an awesome master plan and implementation project in Fort Worth called Trinity Point (Texas attitude meets smart growth!). Visited Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and LA's Union Station/Olvera Street today. 




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   April 15, 2012

Hi! The International Featured Presentation I moderated yesterday was fascinating. Dr. Aisa Kirabo-Kacyira, Assistant-Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat from Kenya gave an insightful and challenging lecture to our audience of about 200 attendees. Lots of questions from the audience, and good marks all around! Sorry about no photo...couldn't take a photo of myself and Dr. Kirabo  while doing the human-interaction thing. This page from the conference program will have to do!




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   April 9, 2012

Colin Hudson has joined Otak as a project accounting assistant. Colin has been working as a temp in the Lake Oswego office for the past four months, and in that time he’s established himself as an integral part of our Otak team. We’re happy to have Colin join us full time! His previous job experience includes work in accounting, finance and data analysis, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier University.

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   April 2, 2012

Martin Glastra van Loon is now a LEED Green Associate! Martin is an award-winning Urban Designer at Otak’s Lake Oswego office, and he’s the most recent addition to our list of LEED Accredited Professionals. We are proud of Martin’s latest achievement and confident that he will apply his knowledge of sustainable design.


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