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October 27, 2021

Shapiro Didway





Portland-based landscape architectural firm. Shapiro Didway, has promoted long time staff landscape architect Nate Otani to Principal, and added three new additional professionals. The new staff include: Matt Jackman, Shuang Sang and Jesse Conner. Otani, Principal, joined Shapiro Didway in 2014 and brings over a decade of landscape design and project management experience to the firm. He continues to build a deep portfolio focused on education campuses, mixed-use developments, recreation resources planning, and civic work. Otani earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon with additional studies in Design Visualization from the Art Institute of Portland. Career highlights to date include several recent projects for local K-12 school districts and the Willamette River Greenway Trail Segments in Portland.

Jackman, Landscape Designer, has over 17 years of experience leading award-winning projects along the East Coast in Florida, New York, and the Hamptons working in a wide range of climates and environments. His work is driven by client and community needs, creating spaces that fit the unique characteristics of each community with specialized materials, plantings, and attention to detail. Jackman earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Western Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. He is currently working on multi-family apartment housing projects located within the Portland Metro area.

Sang, Landscape Designer, has experience working on projects ranging from campus design and recreation planning to new housing developments and public plazas. Sang's three plus years of experience includes projects for firms across the United States and China. As a result, she brings a great understanding of diverse cultures as well as the unique knowledge of plant species of varied climates. Sang earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Nanjing Forestry University in China, and her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. In 2016 she received The Yuanye Award, one of the largest student design competitions hosted annually by the Chinese societies of landscape architecture and considered to be the most influential events in landscape architecture societies in eastern Asia. Currently Sang is a team member on a variety of housing, recreation, and civic projects for Shapiro Didway.

Conner, Landscape Designer, brings to the firm previous experience working with a construction team to design and implement retaining walls, plantings, and irrigation systems. New to the profession, Conner has one year of experience and earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Conner has served as U.S. Air Force Veteran and Washington Air National Guard member and led trips across the Pacific Northwest as an Adventure Facilitator and Leave No Trace Instructor for the Washington State University Outdoors program. He joins the team on a variety of housing and community-based facility improvement projects.

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