Ben Kaiser, Owner and Principal

Ben is committed to mass timber construction and believes it is the future of sustainable development. He is an advocate for its efficient construction, environmentally responsible development, safety, and seismic resilience. His most recent project, Carbon12, is the tallest CLT building in the United States.

To bring Carbon12 to life, Ben successfully worked with state officials to waive the restrictive codes that limit the height of wood buildings. This singular accomplishment has made mid- to high-rise CLT buildings possible for the first time in this country. By building with mass timber, Ben hopes to help reinvigorate the Pacific Northwest’s timber economy and continue Portland’s reputation as a leader in American urban revitalization.

Ben brings a unique perspective to urban development, informed by over 20 years of serving as the owner, developer, architect, and general contractor on his projects. He was involved in the early stages of Portland’s Pearl District and has spearheaded redevelopment in NE Portland, including the Historic Mississippi District and the Williams/Vancouver corridor. Ben is a former member of the Portland Design Commission, and he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Kristin Slavin, Architect

As an architect, Kristin brings strong discipline and an eye for detail to every project. She has worked on all scales of projects, from large-scale institutional projects to single-family homes. Most recently, she served as the Project Architect on Carbon12, an eight-story mass-timber building, from the very beginning stages of the project. She contributed valuable ideas and hard work to a building that set new records for CLT in the US. Kristin also served as the Project Architect on the Kartini Clinic, the anchor tenant improvement in the Radiator Building. She has spoken at numerous mass-timber conferences in the US, Canada, and Japan. Kristin received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University and earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

Emily Dawson, Architect

Emily is a valuable leader with a passion for connecting all players to produce strong and inspiring projects. As a born-and-raised Alaskan, she was drawn to architecture by her desire to improve the way communities impact the natural environment. Emily designed the first CLT structure built in Oregon as part of an expansion of the Oregon Zoo with her previous firm. In 2015, Emily received a travel research fellowship to study mass timber applications in Europe, which deepened her interest in CLT as a driver for modular construction processes. She is a sought-after speaker, and has presented at industry conferences on Mass Wood topics. In 2016, due to her rising leadership in the industry, Emily was recognized as a Daily Journal of Commerce Woman of Vision. In her role as a project manager and architect at PATH Architecture, she is constantly looking for ways to bring teams to collaborative, creative solutions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 2003.

Kevin Lee, Designer

Graduating from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a Bachelor of Architecture, Kevin relocated to Portland to pursue a future designing with mass timber as a designer at PATH. His diverse background includes undertaking intensive team-based design & hands-on construction experience during the Design/build LAB’s program and practicing earth-construction techniques at the 2016 Grains d’Isère Festival during his semester abroad at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany. From these various experiences, Kevin steadily developed a particular interest in the notion of approaching architecture as an act of making through an emphasis on materiality and tectonic processes. This perception of architecture is expressed in his undergraduate design thesis, in which he explored how an understanding of materiality and craft could inform the design and expression of CLT architectural connections.