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.
Ankrom Moisan Architects
Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification
6720 S.W. Macadam Avenue #100, Portland, OR 97219
About Ankrom Moisan Architects Inc.
A recent recipient of Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification, Ankrom Moisan is a national firm founded in 1983 and headquartered in Portland. The firm’s portfolio includes a wide array of award-winning, mixed-use student housing; affordable housing; workplace, hospitality, and healthcare projects; and senior living communities (like the Mirabella, which won the ULI Global Excellence Award). The firm has a mission for and emphasis on creating spaces where people and communities thrive.
Ankrom Moisan’s latest Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a a 119k-square-foot building, which will be six stories and provide 175 affordable housing units. Specifically created with the concept of “home,” the structure has gabled rooflines, which are often familiar to single family homes. The multifamily, mixed-use building program will encourage interaction and support among residents. Besides AMA’s own impressive new headquarter building, another notable project of Ankrom Moison is the mixed-use development on 3rd and Taylor. This sheek, 10-story building is homed between Portland’s center of government and the Yamhill Historic District.
AIA Firm of the Year
720 S.W. Washington Street #800, Portland, Oregon 97205
About Bora Architects
Bora Architects has made its mark in Oregon as a reputable partner in architectural design. This firm is built on a solid foundation that upholds design, sustainability, and innovation as well as a strong commitment to positive social impact. Its 60-year longevity is a testament to its quality work and consistent service that has earned commendations from its network of customers, often loyal repeat clients for decades. The studio has also earned accolades over the course of its tenure, including awards from the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region, AIA Portland, and the Portland Business Journal.
A powerhouse group of design and managing principals forms Bora’s core team—Amy Donohue, John O’Toole, Jeanie Lai, Christopher Linn, Michael Tingley, Stephen Weeks, and Brad Demby. These veteran professionals and AIA and FAIA affiliates come equipped with the vast industry experience that helped shape the landscape of their studio’s design process. One of the team’s completed projects is the Vista Pearl Condominiums, a 350,000 square-foot high-rise located in Portland. The 21-story building was built in collaboration with Anderson Construction and Biella Lighting Design, among others. It has 149-units for residential occupancy and towers over the Fields Park with a perfect view of the West Hills and the Cascade Mountains.
FFA Architecture and Interiors Inc.
Troy Ainsworth, Principal
Ian Gelbrich, Partner
Richard Grace, Partner
Edward Running, Associate Partner
Barbara Clement, Associate Partner
Christine Rumi, Associate Partner
The Fair-Haired Dumbbell Mixed-Use Development, Portland Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Transformer Award (2017),
Redmond City Hall and Civic Center, Oregon Heritage Excellence Award (2017),
Oregon Supreme Court Exterior Rehabilitation, DeMuro Award for Excellence in Preservation Re-Use and Community Revitalization (2017)
520 SW Yamhill, Suite 900, Portland, OR 97204
About FFA Architecture and Interiors Inc.
FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc. is a full-service firm with expertise in architecture, planning, historic preservation, and interior design. A recipient of over 80 awards on national, regional, and local levels, their emphasis on design architecture has led to long-term success. William Fletcher established the practice in 1956, which is currently helmed by principal Troy Ainsworth. FFA’s awards include the 2016 Special Award for Transformation for a Regional Utility Provider’s Portland Service Center Offices, and the Demuro Award for Excellence in Preservation, Reuse, and Community Revitalization for the Industrial Home Rehabilitation in 2016, and the Galleria/City Target Rehabilitation in 2013.
One of FFA’s most unusual projects, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, is a collaboration with Kevin Cavenaugh, a developer-designer who used to work at the firm. Many Portland natives will be familiar with FFA’s commercial real estate if they’ve spent any time on the trendy NW 23rd and have shopped at Kitchen Kaboodle. The popular Portland Rock Gym or the University of Oregon White Stag Block Rehabilitation in Oldtown/Chinatown are also notable works of the studio, which has reinvigorated the sense of place and commerce around the area.
GBD Architects Inc.
USGBC LEED Homes Project of the Year,
Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards,
AIA Citation Awards
1120 N.W. Couch Street #300, Portland, OR 97209
About GBD Architects Inc.
In 1969, GBD was established in Portland, a practice centered around understanding people and building objectives. The firm considers how each space is shared and enjoyed, and is always aware of a site’s legacy. There are currently 11 principals in the firm and three directors: Kent Pottebaum, Phil Beyl, and award winner Katherine Schultz, who received the designation of Woman of Influence. Honoring the Pacific Northwest region’s most influential businesswomen, Schultz has been awarded as a person who blazes trails, leaves a mark on the community, and makes a difference. The firm is widely reputable and associated with the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards, and Citation Awards.
The Hassalo on Eighth is a three-building development housing both residential and commercial space. Located in the Lloyd District of Portland, this multi-building, mixed-use highrise was the winner of LEED Project of the Year. Referred to as a “24-hour neighborhood for people to live, work, and play,” the new construction covers over 1-million square feet across the three buildings. It not only includes North America’s largest bike hub (with a capacity for 900 bicycles) it also shelters apartments, parking, and an outdoor urban plaza. Another impressive project of GBD is Portland Community College’s 97,000 square-foot Workforce Training Center. This three-story building is located at the Willow Creek Transit Center and has a public-private partnership with the region’s public transportation agency, TriMet. The firm has been developed as a transit-oriented space, workforce training, higher education, and continuing education benefit from community service opportunities.
Timothy R. Eddy
Stephen J. Hennebery (+)
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Award,
DBIA Project/Team Award
921 SW Washington Street, Suite 250, Portland, OR 97205
About Hennebery Eddy Architects
Established in 1992, Hennebery Eddy Architects has thrived and grown out of the roots planted by founding principals Timothy R. Eddy and the late Stephen J. Hennebery. The co-founders’ legacy is continued by current principals Tim Eddy, Alan Osborne, Michelle Vo, David Wark, and Debbie Rogers. The firm describes itself as driven by the values and pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Over the course of over two decades, the firm has completed 28 projects and acquired 56 awards in a number of categories. The firm highly values collaboration and produces projects that exceed originally designated goals. Design, programmatic response, and sustainable solutions are always at the forefront of Hennebery Eddy’s operations.
As Portland tourist and resident populations grow in size, Hennebery Eddy Architects teamed with Fentress Architects to create the Portland Airport (voted #1 airport in the country) Concourse E extension, along with improvements to existing facilities, in order to create a proportional balance in the number of passengers using the north and south sides of the airport. The project also ameliorated the regional flight ground loading facilities, concessions, and airline operational spaces. The firm also did a fantastic job retaining the historic integrity of the downtown Portland Spalding Building while rehabilitating it with contemporary materials and systems. They created a new entry lobby and canopy, made elevator improvements, and designed a new bicycle commuter facility, the latter of which is an important component of design structures in Portland. The City of Portland designated the Spalding Building a historic landmark; the firm’s renovation master plan highlighted the building’s history and the integrity of its original design.
LRS Architects Inc.
T Paul Frank
Commercial Real Estate Community Impact Award,
Association of Retail Environments Sustainability Award
720 N.W. Davis Street #300, Portland, OR 97209
About LRS Architects Inc.
Founded in 1976 by Bill Ruff and Steve Lee, LRS’s award-winning architecture has consistently received positive client feedback and has collected over 60 awards for its work. Managing principals of note include T. Paul Frank, Trish Nixon, Dan Purgiel, Steve Mileham, and Paul Boundy. The practice has been repeatedly ranked among the best Portland firms by industry bodies such as the Portland Business Journal. LRS is known for its impressive commercial portfolio but it also shines in housing and public projects. The firm maintains offices in Portland and Shanghai, China. The Erickson Fritz Apartments, a project of the studio, was recognized by the Portland Business Journal with the Commercial Real Estate Community Impact Award of 2016. The New Seasons Market Woodstock also won the 2016 Association of Retail Environments Sustainability Award.
The Adidas Village has approximately 352,000-square-feet of new corporate space and athletic facilities for Adidas-America. LRS took on the old Bess Kaiser Hospital site in Portland to create Adidas’ new legacy site. LRS took on this major project by heading all master planning, space planning, interior architecture, interior design, and programming for the enormously sound complex. A few architectural bonuses include an elaborate glass perimeter for increased natural daylighting. Another noteworthy project is located in west downtown Portland at 1127 Morrison. The five-story building has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and boasts beautiful views of the West Hills. This dynamic new mixed-use space and retail project is conveniently located next to the light rail and bus lines and provides easier access to public transit.
Merryman Barnes Architects
4713 North Albina Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
About Merryman Barnes Architects
Merryman Barnes Architects is a prominent Portland firm known for its high-end architecture work and excellent service. The studio’s key services include building design and planning within the commercial sector; the firm operates in the city as well as adjacent Pacific Northwest locales. Its work is crafted by LEED Accredited Professionals who incorporate energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible aspects into every project. The practice also works on single-family, multi-family, educational, recreational, religious, and infrastructure projects.
The Oregon Women Business Enterprise (WBE) is led by Nancy Merryman, a design veteran with over 24 years of industry experience. The seasoned expert has an extensive portfolio that covers the civic and urban markets, these include the Parish Hall and Childcare Center in Portland, the St. Anthony Church, and the J. Frank Schmidt Pavilion at the Oregon Garden. Merryman is well-connected within the architectural field and serves as an affiliate of the AIA Portland Chapter, Architects Council of Oregon, and the Portland Design Review Commission.
The featured project is the UO Innovation Center, a commercial study space located in Olive Street. Its structure is a repurposed warehouse furnished to be a contemporary site for educational and professional purposes. The single-level facility features an open area for collaborative or solo study sessions, as well as private rooms for small gatherings.
AIA Design Awards,
Energy Trust of Oregon High Performance Building Award
920 NW 17th Avenue, Portland Oregon 97209
Opsis is the firm for environmental lovers. The studio embraces the challenges of sustainability, climate change, and the responsibility to improve the environment. Opsis is nationally recognized, with many sustainable technology “firsts” in its resume as well as numerous LEED ratings and two net-zero projects. The firm publishes case studies of innovative projects, which are then presented at national sustainable design conferences. Opsis designed the first LEED-certified student recreation center in the Northwest, the first LEED Gold community recreation center in the country, and 23 registered LEED projects, 11 of which are LEED Gold and five of which are LEED Platinum certified. The firm also designed the largest naturally ventilated academic building in the nation.
Anyone who has driven by the Beaverton Center for the Arts, the NW Dance Project, or the Oregon Zoo’s new Education Center has no doubt noticed how the buildings stand out from their less noteworthy surroundings. In fact, at the Daily Journal of Commerce Top Awards Ceremony, the zoo’s Education Center won the Energy Trust of Oregon’s High-Performance Building award along with third-place honors and the People’s Choice Award for public projects. The firm also designed several middle schools, high schools, and college campus buildings, such as the Madison High School’s master plan, which includes a new and improved gym, an arts center, a common area, and a STEM room.
Bing Sheldon (+)
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project
338 NW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
About SERA Architects
Bing Sheldon always intended to begin an architecture company of his own. After hearing from a former classmate that Portland was a city with a rich history and a promising future, he moved his family from Denmark to the Pacific Northwest. Bing worked at two architecture firms before partnering with a colleague to create a new design firm in 1968, which eventually became SERA. The recipients of several AIA awards in several categories, SERA has become recognized for their well-deserved accolades in innovation, collaboration, and excellent sustainability practices. Current principals include Joe Pinzone, Stuart Colby, Lisa Zangerle, Tim Smith, Natasha Koiv, Kurt Schultz, and Clark Brockman.
SERA, known for its commitment to community building and development, teamed with ROSE Community Development, O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and the Housing Development Center to create a charming and modern space in outer Southeast Portland off of Division. The building area is a mixed-use affordable apartment complex with tasteful style. The AC Hotel by Marriott, another one of SERA’s featured projects, is a Spanish-influenced hotel with a striking design. The hotel appeals to travelers and guests who wish to experience European flair in the heart of an urban environment blended with the local culture. The AC Hotel Portland Downtown provides a sophisticated “city feel” with its emphasis on modern contemporary lines and space.
GSA National Design Honor Award for Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse,
BOMA International Campus of the Year Award,
Custom Home Magazine’s Grand Design Award
920 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1500, Portland, Oregon 97204
About TVA Architects
When design principal and FAIA Robert L. Thompson founded the firm in 1984, TVA’s studio was fueled with a passion for the modernist style. This design niche is implemented into every project by Bob and fellow principals Mandy Butler, Tim Wybenga, and Pam Saftler, who are all seasoned experts in the industry. TVA Architecture’s culture is marked by award-winning design and the excellence of its employees. With a grand tally of 43 awards from AIA National and Regional, it is no surprise that the firm has also received Local Design Awards for Excellence, a GSA National Design Honor Award for Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse, two Governor’s Livability Awards, a BOMA International Campus of the Year Award, and a Custom Home Magazine’s Grand Design Award.
TVA towers share a distinguishable glassy look, from the Fox Tower to the John Ross and the EVO Condos. The Park Avenue West is a mixed-use building comprising two retail floors, 13 residential floors, and 13 floors of Class A offices. On SW Park between Yamhill and Morrisson, the skyscraper has a unique, slightly convex side. TVA does not limit themselves to just towers, as they also have a hand in a variety of domains. In Portland’s sister suburb Beaverton, TVA designed the Nike Air Hangar, a futuristic-looking, 40,000-foot structure that houses five private Nike fleets. In addition to the hangar itself, the structure also houses a fitness center, a gourmet kitchen, and meeting rooms.
ZGF Architects LLP
Architect Magazine 2017 Top 50 Architecture Firms- #2 overall and #1 in sustainability,
Architect Magazine 2016 Top 50 Architecture Firms- #1 overall and #1 in sustainability
1223 SW Washington Street #200, Portland, OR 97205
About ZGF Architects LLP
ZGF Architects has offices located in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, New York, and Portland, the latter of which serves as their headquarters. The company, formerly known as Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, was founded in 1942. It is the largest architecture firm in Portland and has received numerous accolades, many of which are environmentally oriented. In 2011, Building-Design and Construction ranked ZGF as the number 4 architectural firm in the United States. In 2016, Architect named ZGF the number 1 architecture firm in the country, noting the company’s sustainability practices as an integral factor in determining its esteemed placement. The practice is consistently ranked among the top companies by locals in the Portland Business Journal. Ted Hyman has served as the firm’s managing partner since 2013.
ZGF has completed a myriad of projects in numerous sectors and most locals would recognize ZGF’s work through many of Portland’s well-known landmarks: the Oregon Convention Center, OMSI, parts of the Portland International Airport, and the KOIN Center’s interior. For the last thirty years, ZGF has been responsible for designing the majority of the expansions and remodels in the Port of Portland (PDX). Services rendered for the project include doubling the size of the existing terminal, the enclosure for a new central utility plant, remodels of several storefronts and concession areas, new parking structures with an access canopy, the airport light rail station, and the PDX Conference Center. ZGF is also responsible for Simon and Helen Director Park, which is an urban park with a six-level underground garage. Some of the highlights of this outdoor cultural center include a large canopy, a fountain spouting from the ground tiles for children and adults to play, spots for yoga classes and chess matches, and a large screen for friends and strangers to watch the game.