Pinnacle Leadership

Pinnacle Architecture’s Long-Time Employee, Briana Manfrass, Becomes a Firm Owner!

Pinnacle Architecture’s leadership has expanded. Briana Manfrass is promoted to Associate Principal and shares ownership with founder Peter Baer.

“I founded Pinnacle in 1990 with the desire to enhance lives and communities. Both in the communities we work and within the office. I’m thrilled to have Briana partner with me as Pinnacle advances and becomes a stronger firm,” said Peter Baer, Pinnacle’s President.

Briana began her career at Pinnacle after graduating from Portland Art Institute in 2006. She was hired as a Junior Interior Designer and steadily worked and learned her way to a Project Manager role. Briana has more than twelve years of experience with a diverse range of project types including multifamily, healthcare, senior living, civic, educational, and commercial. She is an Evidence-Based Design (EBD) certified professional basing design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Notable projects Briana has completed include the Milton-Freewater Head Start, an early learning center for the area’s underserved; Canyon East Apartments in Madras, an affordable housing community designed for farmworkers; and Lakeview Gardens, a unique cottage community for Lakeview’s seniors. She is currently the Project Manager for a new Deschutes Rim Health Clinic in Maupin to support this federally-designated medically underserved area.

Briana’s new role includes identifying and implementing office efficiencies, managing the production staff, developing new business, and managing multiple clients and projects.

“This new opportunity is challenging and rewarding. I’m learning so much and driving change to keep Pinnacle at the top of our profession. I value the staff we have at Pinnacle and thrive on helping us evolve as a firm,” said Briana Manfrass, Associate Principal.

Briana Manfrass is an associate principal and interior designer with Pinnacle Architecture. Briana earned an Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design whose mission is to transform healthcare environments through design research, education, and advocacy. She’s successfully applied her knowledge to a variety of project types from healthcare to senior living facilities. Briana has presented at Leading Age in Redmond, OR, and Environments for Aging in Austin, TX. Briana can be reached at or 541.388.9897.