Meet our team

From initiation to completion, we know how to get ambitious, forward-thinking projects done.



Ben Kaiser

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.

Ben is committed to mass timber construction and believes it is the future of sustainable development. To bring his signature project, Carbon12, to life, Ben successfully worked with state officials to waive the restrictive codes that limit the height of wood buildings. This accomplishment has made mid- to high-rise cross-laminated timber buildings possible for the first time in the United States.

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.

  • Bachelor of architecture and Bachelor of fine arts, Rhode Island School of Design

  • Design Commissioner, Portland Design Commission 2008–2016



Celeste Whorton

Celeste first worked with Ben Kaiser more than 20 years ago. Today, she manages accounting for Kaiser Group and Path Architecture, analyzing job costs and other crucial financial details. Her previous experience includes working for a property development and construction company, a home remodel company, and several contractors in Oregon and California.



Emily Dawson

A born-and-raised Alaskan, Emily was drawn to architecture by her desire to improve the way communities impact the natural environment. She’s passionate about bringing teams together to develop collaborative, creative solutions. Emily’s past experience includes designing the first cross-laminated timber structure built in Oregon as part of an expansion of the Oregon Zoo. In 2015, Emily received a travel research fellowship to study mass timber applications in Europe, and she’s now a sought-after speaker at industry conferences on mass wood topics. In 2016, Emily was recognized as a Daily Journal of Commerce Woman of Vision.

  • Bachelor of architecture, Cornell University



Jennifer Dillan

Jennifer brings expertise in navigating complicated projects, tight budgets, external partners, and multiple stakeholders. She is an astute communicator and enthusiastic leader with an interest in projects that are creative, sustainable, and have enduring social value. At Kaiser Group, Jennifer wears many hats, including business development, marketing, and project management. Previously, she was creative director at Mercy Corps, driving marketing and fundraising operations for the $437 million global humanitarian organization.

  • Bachelor of arts in art history, University of Oregon

  • Business certifications, Cornell and Yale Universities

  • Master of real estate development (MRED) candidate, Portland State University



Kevin Lee

Kevin’s diverse background includes intensive, team-based design and hands-on construction with design/buildLAB and earth-construction experience during a semester abroad at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany. He’s particularly interested in approaching architecture as an act of making through an emphasis on materiality and tectonic processes, which he explored in his undergraduate thesis on how an understanding of materiality and craft could inform the design and expression of cross-laminated timber architectural connections.

  • Bachelor of architecture, Virginia Tech



Kristin Slavin

Kristin brings strong discipline and an eye for detail to every project, 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. Kristin also served as the Project Architect on the Kartini Clinic, the anchor tenant improvement in The Radiator. She has spoken at numerous mass-timber conferences in the US, Canada, and Japan.

  • Bachelor of science in architecture, Texas Tech University

  • Master of architecture, University of Oregon



Scott Noble

Scott has successfully managed more than 1.5 million square feet of renovation and new construction. He has staked his reputation on tenaciously seeing projects through the complicated and challenging construction process. Scott has deep experience with mass timber projects, including The Radiator, home to Kaiser Group and Path Architecture’s headquarters, and the recently completed cross-laminated timber mixed-use project, Carbon12. His project experience spans residential, multifamily, hospitality, high-rise, mixed use, educational, industrial, new construction, renovation, and seismic upgrades.

  • Bachelor of science in construction management, California Polytechnic University

  • Master of architecture, University of Oregon



Steve Lanning

Steve’s passion for design and sustainability drew him to Kaiser Group, where he oversees all accounting and financial matters including financial statements, forecasting/modeling, and tax compliance. He earned his CPA credential at a public accounting firm that serves large architecture and construction companies and enjoys working in an industry that creates tangible results.

  • Bachelor of arts in literature, American University

  • Accounting certificate, Portland State University

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Taylor Cabot

Taylor’s passion for building innovative, green, and community-focused projects drew her to Kaiser Group, where she manages a variety of construction projects. She was integral to the construction of Carbon12, working with manufacturers, suppliers, and engineers to understand how the building would be created, shipped, and constructed piece by piece. Previously, Taylor worked as an owner’s representative and managed projects in healthcare, hospitality, commercial office, and both large-and small-scale residential and retail. In 2018, Taylor was recognized as a Daily Journal of Commerce Woman of Vision.

  • Bachelor of architecture, Syracuse University

  • Speaker, International Mass Timber Conference, 2017


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