Project Experience

Single-Family Residential

Curtis Artist’s Loft (Portland, Oregon)

Werlin/Engstrom Duplex (Portland, Oregon)

Werlin/Engstrom Kitchen Remodel (Portland, Oregon)

Bartho Residence, Remodel (Portland, Oregon)

Goldfield/Andrews Residence (Portland, Oregon)

Johnsrud Residence, Remodel (Portland, Oregon)

Lacy Residence, Remodel (Portland, Oregon)

Lakeview Residence (Lake Oswego, Oregon)
Mongeon Residence (Portland, Oregon)
Parzych/Sears Residence (Portland, Oregon)

Shugart Garage and Trellis (Portland, Oregon)

Allen Residence Remodel (Portland, Oregon)
McCulloch Residence (Portland, Oregon)
Niblick Residence (Portland, Oregon)
Vineyard Residence (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Gale Street Residence (Portland, Oregon)
Warn Residence (Umatilla County, Oregon)

Multi-Family Residential

Multnomah Village Rowhouses (Portland, Oregon)

Glenwood High School, adaptive reuse to condominiums (Glenwood, Minnesota)


Cathedral Greens Work / Live Lofts (Portland, Oregon)

Fremont Commons (Portland, Oregon)

Gateway Commons (Gateway District – Portland, Oregon)

Lents Town Center (Lents District – Portland, Oregon)


Dooger’s Restaurant, Addition + Remodel (Seaside, Oregon)

Falls Café (Spokane International Airport)

Will & Willey’s (Tulsa International Airport)


Bridgeport Office Building (Tualatin, Oregon)

Redwood Falls Health Services Building (Redwood Falls, Oregon)

Civic, Schools + Religious

EastCo Diversified Services (Gresham, Oregon)

Andover YMCA Community Center (Andover, Minnesota)
Sami Bedell Center for Performing Arts (Spirit Lake, Iowa)

Spirit Lake High School Gymnasium Addition (Spirit Lake, Iowa)

Flathead Valley Community College Arts + Technology Building (Kalispell, Montana)

St. Pius X Catholic Church (Klamath Falls, Oregon)

Glenwood Carnegie Public Library, Addition + Remodel (Glenwood, Minnesota)

Southwest State University, Dining Hall Remodel (Marshall, Minnesota)

  1. *Projects completed while employed at another architectural firms.

Michelle Jeresek

Michelle graduated from North Dakota State University and has since worked in both Oregon and Minnesota.   With more than 16 years of experience in all project phases and most project types, including civic, retail, schools, office, hospitality, multi-family and single-family residential, Michelle brings a strong background to any project with which she’s involved.  Before joining Departure, Michelle spent more than two years at Rozeboom Miller Architects in Minneapolis as Project Architect for the Andover YMCA Community Center, which was awarded a 2005 AIA Minnesota Honor Award, the highest state award for architecture.

Michelle is especially interested in affordable design - the idea that great design need not be costly.  She prefers to work with natural materials, highlighting their inherent - if sometimes imperfect - beauty (a Japanese concept called wabi-sabi).  She also loves to play with contrasts in her designs - refined versus natural materials, simple versus sculptural, bright colors against neutrals - and believes this contrast can strengthen each component, making it more beautiful.  Regardless of this play, her designs are always unfussy and strive for simplicity.