Everyone is moving to Portland, which means everyone needs somewhere to live. Portlanders not only value innovative design and functionality in their homes, but also energy efficiency and the preservation of historic aesthetic, all while remaining modern. This requires some darn good residential architects. The following list of firms does a good job of working with the Portland landscape when it comes to homes; this means incorporating the view of the city’s forested landscape and taking into consideration interior lighting in such a cloudy climate. The following architects have put Portland on the map have stood out to leaders and writers in the industry.
Although the downtown Portland blocks are relatively small, and height restrictions are in place to protect views of the sweepings West Hills and nearby Mount Hood, Portland is still known as an extremely reputable city for dedicated urban planning, thoughtful preservation and reuse of older buildings, and of course, being a leader in sustainable architecture. Portland remains a national leader in consistently scoring Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited “green” buildings, and from the following list, it is evident that there is a high emphasis placed on sustainability in almost every firm’s practices. All this, and they still build and design some pretty awesome stuff. Public and private spaces, such as airport terminals, libraries, mixed-use buildings and skyscrapers all fall under the commercial architecture category.
Clients often select design-build firms when they want to simplify the process of hiring multiple parties, which can be not only time-consuming, but also risky in delivery schedules when construction and design phases overlap on projects. Thus, the single point of contact with design-build firms is appealing, since it minimizes risks for both the project owner and client. The following firms in the Portland area are doing an excellent job of keeping their clients happy, which would not be possible without outstanding in-house collaboration and communication. Although there are many reputable design-build firms throughout the Portland-metro area, the following 10 firms represent a versatile array of possible projects that always exceed standards in design, construction, and planning. And of course, because it’s Portland, many of them are beyond their years in building energy efficient projects.
Portland, Oregon, is a city known for its foodie culture. People literally move here for the restaraunts. And with those inventive recipes and creative dishes comes the necessity for fun, attractive, and functional brick and mortar spaces to enhance the experience of staff and guests alike. When it comes to dining out, it’s not just the food people go for, it’s the experience of being out and being away, and creating that ambiance and design and structure is the work of those who create these very unique Portland restaurants. Here are some of the best of the best you’ll find creating the places where locals and travelers alike stand in line — if not to eat, at least just to get a glimpse of the eye candy inside.
When it comes to choosing the design and build of an office, there is much to consider. How many employees do you have? How do your employees interact? Do they need spaces that spark creativity and interaction, or ones that provide more traditional conference style rooms and private desk offices? Whether you are looking to create more of an inspirational and creative work atmosphere or a large-scale commercial office space, the list of Portland architects below are varied in their skills and project abilities. You will notice at least one common overlap amongst the list: most strive to build spaces that are considered environmentally friendly at minimum and attempt to connect the office spaces with the natural world and light (it’s a cloudy city after all). Finally, the following architects all focus on creating at least one interior space in the office building that fosters both an inventive sense of collaboration and natural communal interaction.
As creative and industrious city that values sustainability, inventiveness, and beauty: it is no wonder there is a surplus of excellent interior designers in Portland to meet creative clients’ needs for gorgeous yet functional home spaces. It is often difficult to rank the value of one’s artistry, especially when hired to meet the wishes of clients; this was certainly the case when perusing the talented interior designers of the Portland Metro Area, as each brings unique talent to the design community and market. That said, across the board, those on the following list do share some commonalities: dedication to exceeding their clients’ goals and lifestyle demands, a sense of entrepreneurialism, and a commitment to upholding the integrity of historic and meaningful architecture.