Renee Benoit has a varied background growing up in Fargo, North Dakota and living throughout Western Montana. Having an adventurous and enterprising spirit, Renee started two small businesses while in Montana. The first business was Flatwater Boatworks, a wooden kayak building company, where she participated in branding, logo design, the creation of marketing materials, bookkeeping, and building boats. The second business was Primitive Papers, a handmade papermaking, bookbinding, and custom artwork company.
Renee continues her involvement with Primitive Papers creating custom books and art for clients. Eventually, Renee returned to North Dakota and enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture program at North Dakota State University. Realizing that she wanted a more diverse educational experience Renee transferred to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art in 2005. After graduation, she moved to Eugene, Oregon and starting working as the Membership Director for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce (SCoC). While at the SCoC, she learned valuable insights into community building and economic development – a passion that she has maintained since leaving the SCoC.
In 2007, Renee entered the Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2010. After graduation, she worked as a fundraiser for the 2010 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Conference, an architectural intern at Robertson Sherwoood Architects, as well as the coordinator and fundraiser for the BRING Home & Garden Tour. She has been at Dustrud Architecture since 2012, working on various multi-family, commercial, and residential projects.
Renee’s dedication to sustainability and community development has led her to volunteer for BRING Recycling helping to plan and organize many events as well as helping the Springfield Chamber of Commerce at their annual auction fundraiser. Renee has been an active member of the AIA-SWO serving as a 2011 Board Member in addition to serving on various committees such as AIA 150, Design Excellence, 2010 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Conference, and Octagon Committees.