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The ADU Tour is event suitable for both industry professionals and homeowners.
The ADU Class for Homeowners is an event primarily for homeowners who are interested in building an ADU.
About the Instructors
Kol Peterson is the Director of Accessory Dwelling Academy. He is the author of Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development. He is the owner of Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, the first tiny house hotel in the world, and organizer of Portland’s popular ADU Tour. He consults with homeowners about ADUs on their property, and teaches ADU classes for homeowners and for real estate agents. He edits and manages AccessoryDwellings.org and BuildinganADU.com. Kol developed and lived in a detached new construction ADU in 2011, and developed a basement/garage conversion ADU in 2018. He has a masters degree in environmental planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Schuyler Smith is a licensed architect in Oregon and Washington with a bachelors of architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2013 he co-founded Polyphon Architecture and Design, which specializes in residential architecture with a focus on ADUs and missing-middle housing. Since 2010 Schuyler has been deeply involved in the ADU and small housing scene, building personal projects, leading tours, giving talks and designing numerous ADUs at Polyphon. Schuyler grew up in the Pacific Northwest and cares about lots of things, including his family, biking, building things and being outside.
Joshua Salinger is Founder and CEO of Birdsmouth Construction, a residential Design-Build company located in Portland OR. Josh graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Zoology and Conservation. In 2007 he started Birdsmouth Construction with the goal of designing and building beautiful, high performing homes and ADUs that transform and improve the built environment. He has received certifications from Earth Advantage’s Sustainable Homes Professional course, sits on the board of Passive House Northwest, and is a PHIUS certified builder. He lives in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood of Portland with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys playing guitar, yoga, cooking, bemoaning the inefficiency of his house, and making the world’s best cup of coffee.
Hillary absolutely loves helping her clients make their dream of homeownership a reality. For more than seven years, she has specialized in residential mortgage lending with an emphasis on custom construction financing including homes and ADUs. Recognized in 2016, 2017, & 2018 as a Construction Elite lender, Hillary credits communication as her customer service superpower. Hillary is a fourth-generation Oregonian whose family came across the Oregon Trail. She cherishes her deep Pacific Northwest roots and is passionate about the social and natural opportunities of living on the West Coast. A huge hockey fan, Hillary travels with friends to see live games in arenas across the U.S. and Canada. She treasures time with her immediate family and her Shiba Inu, Dragon.
Carson spends a lot of time thinking about ADUs, and loves talking about them. After traveling abroad for several years, he settled back into Portland and took up a career in real estate. After initially falling in love with the tiny house movement, that organically grew into an appreciation for the uniqueness and nuances of ADUs. After participating in one of the Portland’s ADU tours, he knew that he wanted to try and join the movement to make one happen for himself. Over the last two years building a detached ADU, he immersed himself in all phases from beginning to completion. He brings that knowledge to work, helping clients identify and purchase properties that are ideal for their specific goals. He understands the importance and necessity of having a strong professional team to tackle the complex intricacies of taking on a development project, and helping clients set their expectations appropriately.
Abdur Abdul-Malik is a certified residential, FHA-approved appraiser. He takes progressive appraisal education seriously to stay abreast of the latest valuation methodologies. Abdur is a Candidate for Designation with the Appraisal Institute, is an associate member of the REAA, and a board member of the local ASA Portland, Oregon chapter. He also runs the Portland Appraisal Blog website. Abdur is currently leading an appraisal research team in an ongoing analysis of the resale value of Portland area properties that have legal ADUs. The project is in conjunction with Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
Dulcinea is an Earth Advantage Broker + ADU Certified Specialist. Helping her clients get what they need is Dulcinea’s favorite part of the job. A native Oregonian with an award-winning professional background, she is steadfast when it comes to serving her clients and wants the very best for each and every person she works for. She remains passionate about alternative living and helping her clients grow their financial dreams. A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big.