Annie joined Cameron McCarthy in 2017 as an associate project manager. She focuses on planning projects and supports marketing and business development efforts. Her unique blend of experience lends well to a variety of tasks and strategies. Her love for community has been a fundamental, consistent driver in her professional pursuits.
Education & Professional Expertise
Annie possesses a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from North Dakota State University. In her studies, Annie took lead roles in many of the projects, most often filling the creative lead. Her ability to visualize and understand spaces, contexts, problems, and then communicate inspired ideas to others helped her attain recognition by her peers and professors. Her capstone project focused on creating meaningful experiences for children with physical disabilities in which she designed a camp that allowed children to experience all levels of play, vantages, perspectives by escaping into wildly fun treehouses, exploring and discovering the unexpected. The site of Camp Wild is in Wilder Forest, Marine on St. Croix, MN.
Annie worked as a teaching assistant to Mike Lin during her studies at NDSU. She coordinated Lin to travel to North Dakota State University to lead a graphic workshop for students and she traveled to Manhattan, KS during the summers to attend and help instruct Lin’s 10-day intensive workshop. She enjoys helping designers learn theories and tactics that can be used to create illustrative sketches and finished renderings that communicate layered, sophisticated ideas.
During Annie’s career, affordable housing projects have had a lasting impact on her due to the need they fill and the powerful teams needed to realize the product. From conceptual sketches through construction documentation, permitting, and CA, she is proud to have handed over multiple finished affordable housing products to appreciative community members.
Annie has been involved in creating and fostering vital community since she began her career. She has held positions that have given her different perspectives and simply opened her mind to what impacts can be made through thoughtful design and planning. In her tenure Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects – Southwest Oregon Chapter, Annie led the Chapter through a major shift in identity and branding, aligned the operations and finances of the chapter, and facilitated directors and members to make the Chapter approachable, transparent, and relatable. Annie guided efforts including the AIA-SWO Design Annual, all fundraising and key partnerships management, membership management, and Thursdays @ Three weekly newsletter.
Annie sits on the Lane Transit District Strategic Planning Committee, which gives the District’s Board of Directors support on large scale, organization-wide decisions. This committee gives the BOD recommendations and direction on organizational management topics and projects. Annie believes transit is much more than public transportation, she believes a transit district is a multi-faceted organization that has the capabilities to transform a community’s future through holistic planning in transportation and housing.
Annie grew up in rural North Dakota on a farm and ranch. Her family operated Loe Farms for 26 years and her parents, still today, live in the beautiful Sheyenne River Valley in northeast North Dakota on the land that was settled by the first generation of Loes who immigrated from Norway. This upbringing instilled in Annie a deep appreciation for land and what it can do for us when we treat it with care.
As a kid, Annie would run the gravel roads through the Sheyenne River Valley. The joy that brought at a young age has stuck. Today you can find Annie running the roads of the Willamette River Valley, riding her bicycle – in the mountains preferably, and swimming the lakes throughout the Pacific NW. She has somehow managed to be an Ironman triathlete over and over again.
‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’ – Theodore Roosevelt