Amanda Bidwell, AIT - LEED AP

Project Manager

Amanda has aspired to be an Architect since childhood when she would draw floor plans on graph paper. She began her career by taking drafting classes in high school before attending the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Amanda moved back home to the Treasure Valley to begin her career.

Amanda has three years of experience in the field and has worked on a wide variety of projects from large all-inclusive indoor shooting ranges to small office tenant improvements. Amanda enjoys them all, but her favorite projects are those when she can help bring someone’s vision and concept to fruition.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys remodeling her home, painting and being outdoors with her husband and two labs (Bentley & Cooper).

Bret Bartron

Design Project Manager

Bret Bartron began his career at neUdesign as a drafter. Now a design project manager, Bret received his Associate of Applied Sciences degree from the College of Western Idaho. While Bret enjoys all phases of the planning and design stages of a project, seeing the project come to fruition is what Bret finds most rewarding. If asked, that would be Bret’s favorite part about his job, seeing the project completed and observing how others interact with it. While Bret has worked on a multitude of different project types, the style Bret finds most interesting is concrete tilt construction.

In his free time, Bret enjoys spending time outdoors camping, fishing or playing at the park with his fiancé and two children.

Charles Matthews, NCARB

Architect

Charles is from Alabama by way of California. He did his undergrad at Mississippi State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in in Environmental Design emphasis in Entertainment Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Charles was an Imagineer for Walt Disney Imagineers as well as the Zoo Architect for the San Diego Zoo. Helping people and seeing ideas become reality are some of Charles’ favorite part of his job as an Architect. In his free time, Charles enjoys weight lifting, painting, music, gardening and eating chocolate chip cookies (or anything else his wife and/or daughters whip up).

Charles is intensely and passionately devoted to his wife and children. When he’s not at work, he is doing everything he can to help them “architect” their God given aspirations, hopes and dreams.

Jacob Hafer

Modular Designer

Jacob earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho in 2014. Prior to being a Modular Designer here at neUdesign, Jacob served in the Army Reserve as a heavy equipment operator where he learned to lead, follow and make the best of any situation. Jacob is fascinated by the intricate detail that is required to complete a modular design project start to finish.

In his spare time, Jacob enjoys spending time outdoors enjoying all that the great outdoors has to offer here in Idaho.

James L. Escobar, AIA - NCARB - LEED AP

Firm Principal Architect

From childhood, founder and principal James Escobar (Jim) knew he was to change the world through the practice of architecture. With a passion for art and growing up in a home where construction was a weekly activity, he developed all the resources necessary to not only know how to build, but how to design. Winning design competitions early in high school launched him on a successful journey through college and internships, where he excelled while working for several different architectural firms learning the “best way to do it”.

After much travel around the country design-building multimillion-dollar projects, Jim decided raising his family near his hometown of Meridian, Idaho provided the best opportunities for life. In addition to his community involvement with the Entrepreneur’s Organization, Public Speaking, Urban Development and Charter Schools, Jim stays very busy bustling through life while being foremost dedicated to his bride and their four children. In addition, having a very solid spiritual/philosophical foundation has allowed him to integrate deep beliefs in life’s every step of the journey. A foundational platform Jim believes strongly in is people like working with people they like, and there is only one way to like them… through honesty and integrity. There are no coincidences in the ever present now, with joy as our purpose and love as our action as we journey through this thing called “life”.

Jeremy Putman, AIA

Architect/Director of Design

Jeremy brings 17 years of experience working in architecture starting as a drafter and now as a licensed architect. He has experience managing project teams from proposal to project close out. His knowledge of building codes and construction systems has helped increase coordination between consultants and the architectural team. The result; detailed construction documents that are approved by jurisdictional review with fewer comments while succinctly describing the work to be done by the contractor.

Jeremy lives and works in Meridian with his wife and three children. He is active in his church community teaching and leading local Bible studies. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, grilling & smoking meats and spending time outdoors with his family.

John Magnan

Modular Systems Development Manager

John has worked in construction technology for the last 25 years. John loves that his role here at neUdesign engages his passion for construction and technology, as well as his imagination about what can be. John was raised and educated in Connecticut attending the University of Connecticut. John then lived in Los Angeles for about five years and has loved living in beautiful Boise, Idaho since 2005.

In his free time, John enjoys mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, skiing and enjoying great restaurants and coffee shops in Boise with his wife.

Josh Pinkert

Modular Design Manager

Josh was born and raised here in the Treasure Valley graduating from the College of Western Idaho in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in drafting technology. Josh also has apprentice certification for mechanical drafting through the ADDA (American Design Drafting Association).

Josh has worked on dozens of projects over the last 7 years. Some of the most memorable include the Canyons Lodge Hotel and the Old Faithful employee housing in Yellowstone National Park.

Josh has always enjoyed the challenge of discovering how things work and discovering creative and innovative solutions. It was these inclinations that led him to pursue a career in the drafting and design field.

In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time outdoors camping and fishing with his family. He also enjoys being near the ocean and appreciating different forms of architecture around the world.

Kendra Nees

Office Manager

Kendra was born and raised here in Boise. She began her career working as a temporary employee for an engineering firm. She spent the next 8 years in the engineering world before making her way here to neUdesign. Kendra not only enjoys the accounting/HR side of things, she also enjoys seeing the design/construction process from start to finish. Kendra oversees the day-to-day functions of the office.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Maiya, and their pets.

Kristin Escobar

Operations Manager

If it isn’t architecture services related, chances are Kristin oversees the management of it. Overseeing all aspects of financial planning, HR services, monthly tracking and the like is her forte. Having been trained in the industry of professional services, Kristin’s ability to maintain the overall vision as it coincides with the process of architecture has been critical.

Her background is solid in customer satisfaction and application of services, with many years of experience developing several different companies into fully functional and successful organizations. With her right-thinking brain in a leadership role of the organization, she balances out the many other left thinking brains of the architects and designers involved... keeping tasks in line with goals and being results driven. She is a vital aspect of the leadership team in meeting the organization’s goals.

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