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.

Top Architects

Ankrom Moisan Architects Inc.

Stewart Ankrom
Tom Moisan

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.

Featured Projects

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.

FFA Architecture & Interiors Inc.

Troy Ainsworth, Principal
Barbara Clement, Associate Partner
Ian Gelbrich, Associate Partner
Richard Grace, Associate Partner
Joe Zody, 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 & Interiors Inc.

A full-service firm providing expertise in architecture, planning, historic preservation, and interior design, FFA recently celebrated its 62nd year in business and has successfully transitioned to its third generation of leadership. A recipient of over 80 awards at the national, regional, and local levels, FFA’s emphasis on quality, craft, and tailored architecture has led them to long-term success. Throughout the firm’s portfolio of work, there is a common thread of relevant architecture that reflects the areas and people it represents. In 1956, William Fletcher later joined by Dale Farr and Hal Ayotte, formed the beginnings of what is now FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc. Troy Ainsworth is the firm’s current Principal.

Featured Projects

Portland natives should be familiar with many of FFA’s local projects, from the lovingly rehabilitated Multnomah County Central Library and popular Living Room Theaters downtown, to the University of Oregon’s White Stag Block in Oldtown/Chinatown, which, since its completion in 2009, has reinvigorated the sense of place and commerce around the area. However, one of FFA’s most unusual projects, located just across the Burnside Bridge, is a collaboration with Developer Kevin Cavenaugh, a former architectural designer and one-time FFA employee. The Fair-Haired Dumbbell, a mixed-use office building, is a playful and colorful foil to Portland’s often grey skies and predictable material palette. An unforgettable building in the eye of any beholder.

SERA Architects

Bing Sheldon (+)
Joe Pinzone
Stuart Colby
Lisa Zangerle
Tim Smith
Natasha Koiv
Kurt Schultz
Clark Brockman

AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project

338 NW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

About SERA Architects

After hearing from a former classmate that Portland, Oregon was a city with a rich history and a promising future, Bing Sheldon moved his family from Denmark to the Pacific Northwest. Bing apparently always intended to begin an architecture company of his own. When he first moved to Portland, he 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.

Featured Projects

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 that is lead by design. The hotel appeals to travelers and guests who wish to experience European flair in the heart of an urban environment that is blended with local culture. The AC Hotel Portland Downtown provides a sophisticated “city feel,” with its emphasis on modern contemporary lines and space.

Bora Architects

Amy Donohue
Pat Harrington
Christopher Linn
Michael Tingley
Stephen Weeks
John O’Toole

AIA Firm of the Year

720 S.W. Washington Street #800, Portland, Oregon 97205

About Bora Architects

Formerly named Boora Architects, Portland, Oregon’s architectural firm Bora Architects derived its name from the now-retired foundational partners Broome, Oringdulph, O’Toole, Rudolf, and Associates. Named American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest and Pacific Region’s 2016 firm of the year, Bora Architects is often praised for its consistency and dedication to community and work environment, and for pushing the boundaries of traditional architecture practice. Bora is known for its true expertise in creating cultural facilities, educational buildings, and workplace environments, with a specific emphasis on craft, beauty, and of course, innovative functionality. Current firm principals include Amy Donohue, Pat Harrington, Christopher Linn, Michael Tingley, Stephen Weeks, and John O’Toole.

Featured Projects

The Cosmopolitan Condominiums is the tallest residential building in Portland and is located in the heart of the city’s beloved and hip zone, the Pearl District. The building is situated on a fantastic site between two city parks. The project stands out from the rest of other residential buildings in Portland, as it is a 28-story “point-tower.” In another recent project, Bora was able to show off their versatility, truly getting creative with the first phase of the newly envisioned Monsignor Tim Murphy Center at Central Catholic High School in SE Portland. There was nearly no space to expand upon, but with two stories above grade in addition to a basement level, the new building add-on enmeshes into the existing building. It creates an evolving loop around the ground level of the building, which is then connected to a day-lit basement. Bora’s work in Portland Public Schools has also been featured in many articles that highlight noteworthy architecture in the local area.

Hennebery Eddy Architects

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, the firm has thrived and grown on the roots planted by founding Principals Timothy R. Eddy and the late Stephen J. Hennebery. Current principals of Hennebery Eddy are 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. Still on the newer side to the scene, the firm has completed 28 projects and acquired 56 awards in a myriad of categories. The firm highly values collaboration and such collaboration produces projects that seem to always exceed their originally designated goals. Design, programmatic response, and of course, sustainable solutions are always at the fore for Hennebery Eddy.

Featured Projects

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 also rehabilitating it to incorporate 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 Spalding Building is a locally designated Historic Landmark by the City of Portland, and the firm’s renovation master plan highlighted the building’s history and the integrity of its original design.

TVA Architecture

Robert L. Thompson
Bob Thompson
Mandy Butler
Tim Wybenga
Pam Saftler

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 Architecture

Since 1984, when Design Principal Robert L. Thompson, FAIA, founded the firm, TVA’s studio has been charged and created with a passion for Modernist style. 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 they have 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. Principals of TVA include Bob Thompson, Mandy Butler, Tim Wybenga, and Pam Saftler.

Featured Projects

The Fox Tower, the John Ross, or EVO Condos, TVA towers share a distinguishable glassy look, as well as Park Avenue West. This mixed-use building is comprised of 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. But TVA does not limit themselves to just towers, they have a hand in a variety of domains. In Portland’s sister suburb, Beaverton, TVA designed the Nike Air Hangar, a futuristic-looking, 40k-foot structure that houses five private Nike fleets. In addition to the hangar itself, the structure also houses a fitness center, gourmet, kitchen, and meeting rooms, among other amenities.


Alec Holsef
Jim Kalvelage
Paul Kinley

AIA Design Awards,
Energy Trust of Oregon High Performance Building Award

920 NW 17th Avenue, Portland Oregon 97209

About Opsis

This firm is for the environmental lovers. Opsis embraces the challenges of sustainability, climate change, and the responsibility to improve the environment. Opsis is nationally recognized, with many sustainable technology “firsts” along with LEED ratings, including two net-zero projects. The firm publishes case studies of innovative projects, which are then presented at national sustainable design conferences. Opsis was the first LEED-certified student recreation center in the Northwest, the first LEED Gold community recreation center in the country, and has 23 registered LEED projects, 11 of which are LEED Gold and five of which are LEED Platinum certified. They also designed the largest naturally ventilated academic building in the nation.

Featured Projects

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 for public projects and the People’s Choice Award for public projects. Such accomplishments can be credited to the work of Opsis Architecture. The firm is also responsible for several middle school, high school, and college campus buildings. Perhaps of most recent interest is Madison High School’s master plan, which includes a new and improved gym, arts center, common area, and STEM room.

GBD Architects Inc.

Kent Pottebaum
Phil Beyl
Katherine Schultz

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, Oregon, with the mission to have a threefold practice that centered around understanding people and building objectives. The firm considers how each space is shared and enjoyed, and is always aware of a space’s legacy. There are currently 11 principals in the firm and three directors: Kent Pottebaum, Phil Beyl, and recent award winner Katherine Schultz, who received the distinguished 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.

Featured Projects

The Hassalo on Eighth is a three-building development which contains both residential and commercial space. Located in the Lloyd District of Portland, Oregon, this multi-building, mixed-use highrise was the recent winner of LEED Project of the Year. Referred to as a “24-hour neighborhood for people to live, work and play,” the new construction spreads over 1M 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 97k-square-foot Workforce Training Center. This three-story building is located at the Willow Creek Transit Center and is a public-private partnership with the region’s public transportation agency, TriMet. Because it is developed as a transit-oriented space, workforce training, higher education, and continuing education benefit from community service opportunities.

LRS Architects Inc.

Bill Ruff
Steve Lee
T Paul Frank
Trish Nixon
Dan Purgiel
Steve Mileham
Paul Boundy

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 their work, repeatedly ranking in the top tier of Portland architecture by multiple parties, including the Portland Business Journal. Not only does LRS display a top notch commercial portfolio, but the firm also shines in areas of planning and interiors, housing and public projects. They have offices both in Portland, Oregon and Shanghai, China. Recent awards in the last year highlight the Erickson Fritz Apartments by the Portland Business Journal for the Commercial Real Estate Community Impact Award of 2016. The New Seasons Market Woodstock won the 2016 Association of Retail Environments Sustainability Award. Managing principals of note include T Paul Frank, Trish Nixon, Dan Purgiel, Steve Mileham, and Paul Boundy.

Featured Projects

The Adidas Village has approximately 352k-square-feet of new corporate space and athletic facilities for Adidas-America. LRS took on the old Bess Kaiser Hospital site in Portland, Oregon 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 this enormously sound complex. A few architectural bonuses include an elaborate glass perimeter for increased natural day lighting (an important thought-plan when building in cloudy cities such as Portland). Another soon to be favorite feature project is located in west downtown Portland at 1127 Morrison. This five-story building with floor-to-ceiling glass windows will boast beautiful views of the West Hills. Conveniently located next to the light rail and bus lines, this dynamic new mixed-use space and retail project is currently on the boards but sure to be a crowd pleaser.

ZGF Architects LLP

Braulio Baptista
Kathy Berg
Joe Collins
Patrick Cotter
Mark Foster
Toby Hasselgren
Ted Hyman
Doss Mabe
Bob Packard
Gene Sandoval
Karl Sonnenberg
Allyn Stellmacher
Todd Stine
Jan Willemse
Tim Williams

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, Vancouver BC, and Portland, Oregon, the latter of which serves as their headquarters. Formerly known as Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, the company was founded in 1942. They are the largest architecture firm in Portland and have received numerous accolades, many of which are environmentally oriented. In 2011 Building-Design and Construction ranked ZGF as the No. 4 architectural firm in the United States. In 2016 Architect named ZGF the No. 1 architecture firm in the country, noting the company’s sustainability practices as an integral factor in determining its esteemed placement. They are consistently ranked as the top company by locals in Portland Business Journal. Jan Willemse currently serves as the managing partner of ZGF’s Portland office.

Featured Projects

ZGF has completed a myriad of projects in a multitude of genres, though most locals would recognize ZGF’s work by many of Portland’s well-known landmarks: the Oregon Convention Center, OMSI, parts of the Portland International Airport, and the KOIN Center. For the last thirty years, ZGF has been the firm responsible for designing the majority of the expansions and remodels in the Port of Portland (PDX). Such projects include doubling the size of the existing terminal, the enclosure for a new central utility plant, remodels of several storefronts and concession areas, a new parking structures and access canopy, the airport light rail station, and the PDX Conference Center, among other notable PDX projects. ZGF is also responsible for Simon and Helen Director Park, which is an urban park with a six-level underground garage below. Some of the highlights of this new outdoor cultural center are a large canopy, a fountain spouting from the ground tiles for children and adults to play, spots for yoga classes and chess matches, and even a large screen for friends and strangers to watch the game.

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