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.

Top Architects

Ankrom Moisan Architects

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’s Gold Workplace Certification, Ankrom Moisan is a national firm founded in 1983 and headquartered in Portland. The studio’s portfolio includes a wide array of award-winning projects like mixed-use student housing, workplace facilities, hospitality establishments, healthcare projects, and senior living communities like the Mirabella, which won the ULI Global Excellence Award. The practice has an emphasis on creating spaces where people and communities thrive.

Featured Projects

It might seem a bit much to gush about the firm’s own office in featured projects, but writers write great books about writing, so why wouldn’t an architect firm build itself a fantastic office? Ankrom Moison moved its few hundred Portland employees into its airy six-story headquarters, which sits mere steps from the downtown MAX station along the west bank of the Willamette River. The lobby and kitchen area leads into the living room and all-staff conference room. Our favorite part is the cozy little nooks they designed for last minute meetings or mini huddles. Almost all of the walls can be used as whiteboards for any spontaneous ideas that might need immediate visual mark-ups.

Beebe Skidmore Architects

Heidi Beebe
Doug Skidmore

AIA Honor Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
Chicago Athenaeum Museum American Architecture Award

917 SW Oak Street #412, Portland, OR 97205

About Beebe Skidmore Architects

Award-winning studio Beebe Skidmore Architects possesses contemporary vision and challenges itself to be a leader in unexpected design solutions that are efficient and articulate. Heidi Beebe, AIA, LEED AP, and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), has a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Williams. Before she established her firm, she worked as an architect at Machado Silvetti, Thompson & Rose, and Allied Works Architecture. Doug Skidmore, AIA, LEED AP, holds a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. His contributions to nationwide architecture come in both design and technicalities, including 10 projects that earned AIA awards and various publications features in renowned journals such as Detail, Dwell, and Architectural Record.  

Featured Projects

Let’s talk about what everyone else is talking about: the office space of Swift Agency. A renovated awning factory in Portland’s slabtown, this area is a bustling center for creatives. The space has a minimalist aesthetic which allows for a flexible creativity of movement popular in creative ad agencies. Both the collaborative and private spaces have airflow and comfort and are designed for indoor plant life. The central kitchen has a kombucha garden and marble-topped bars for all those impromptu meet-ups that are bound to occur. With accessibility and organic interaction in mind, the gathering spaces can accommodate a variety of purposes such as video and photo shoots, and an angular rooftop mezzanine allows even more opportunities to meet, gather, or catch some light. The staircases are criss-crossed with matching X-shaped light fixtures, offering a small salute to the female owned agency.

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 architectural firm Bora Architects derived its name from the now-retired foundational partners Broome, Oringdulph, O’Toole, Rudolf, and Associates. Named AIA Northwest and Pacific Region’s 2016 Firm of the Year, Bora Architects is often praised for its consistency and dedication to the 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 innovative functionality. Current firm principals include Amy Donohue, Pat Harrington, Christopher Linn, Michael Tingley, Stephen Weeks, and John O’Toole.

Featured Projects

It’s hard to choose which office project to talk about when all of Bora Architects’ featured projects include creative and renowned clients like AirBnB, but let’s discuss the contemporary office of Portland-based web agency Fine Design Group. With pastel-colored office cubicles and white collaborative spaces, the office hosts a mix of convenience and inspiration all at once. A triangular volume floats at the west end of the floor layout, holding two connected offices in addition to a large conference room. Cloaked in a magnetic writing surface, the shape lends itself to a myriad of uses. Included is a work space, a game room, and the kitchen and dining areas. A glass-walled bar of meeting rooms and offices live on the east wall, and a floor-to-ceiling walnut bookcase defines and defends the copy area and lounge. The original exposed steel ceiling and structure was painted white, which contrasts nicely with the bright colors of the space.

Fieldwork Design and Architecture

Cornell Anderson
Timothy Fouch
Tonia Hein

AIA Design Awards,
IIDA Design Excellence Awards

601 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214

About Fieldwork Design and Architecture

Architects Cornell Anderson and Timothy Fouch and interior designer Tonia Hein founded Fieldwork Design in 2011. The firm is based in Portland and consists of an architectural team, a furniture and crafting team, and a hands-on design and building team. Their work is innovative and forward thinking and remains always connected to the natural environment, no matter the scope of the project. Sustainable and local materials are consistently used to enhance natural views and landscape. Natural ventilation and lighting are also key components of their sensitive and memorable work.

Featured Projects

Winner of the 2015 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Design Excellence Award for Best of Corporate Design, Fieldwork Design developed a new office for the photo editing app developer BeFunky in an industrial warehouse in NE Portland that might just be one of the raddest offices one can imagine. What does one do with 3,000 square feet? Besides an open office, a whiskey lounge, a kitchen meeting area, and a conference room, the design concept is based on the BeFunky logo (a camera aperture), which is deconstructed to make wooden screen elements along the conference and lounge walls. Did we mention the aperture screen is also used as a ceiling structure, connecting the two primary structures of the space? The white oak used throughout the project, against the exposed concrete floors and core shell, stands out through the custom workstations and tables that evoke Mid-century furniture, a request of the client.

Guerilla Developement

Kevin Cavenaugh

2500 NE Sandy Boulevard, Suite C, Portland, OR 97232


About Guerrilla Development

Guerrilla Development is dedicated to the creation of inventive and experimental projects. Their work demonstrates how buildings with beautiful design and excellent financial returns are not at all mutually exclusive. Owner Kevin Cavenaugh completed architecture school at UC Berkeley and then built schools and homes for the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa for a few years before moving to Portland in 1993. Cavenaugh designs and develops small commercial and residential buildings using inexpensive materials while consistently attaining high-energy efficiency. His Burnside Rocket building has earned an LEED Platinum rating.

Featured Projects

The Fair-Haired Dumbbell is Guerrilla Development’s 56,000 square-foot speculative office building at the bridgehead of East Burnside near the Willamette river. The building is described as the “boldest of the lot” due to its painted, abstract mural façade. The building’s lively aesthetic doesn’t shy away from attention and was even featured in The New York Times. The project hosts two canted, six-story towers, which are decked out in hand-painted original artwork on each of the eight elevations. Sky bridges connect the 4,000 square-foot office on every level. Although connected, no two elevations are made the same, but the impressive views of Portland can be found through any window of both structures.

Lever Architecture

Thomas Robinson

4713 N Albina Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

About LEVER Architecture

Lever is a design practice based out of Portland with an architecture portfolio that includes a multitude of building projects for institutions, creative offices, retail, and multifamily housing. The practice was founded in 2009 by Thomas Robinson, who received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley and then a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He then led various institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron. Lever is known as a pioneer in the development of mass timber buildings in the United States.

Featured Projects

Lever designed the first building in the US made from domestically fabricated Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Located in North Portland, Albina Yard is a 16,000 square-foot office building considered to be the cutting edge of architecture. It opened in 2016 and was deemed one of the reasons why Lever Architecture is considered the US leader of CLT mass timber construction use. The building’s glue-laminated timber frame and Douglas fir CLT panels are locally manufactured and prefabricated in Oregon.

Osmose Design

Andee Hess

Interior Design of the Year

2351 NW York Street #7, Portland, OR 97210

About Osmose Design

Andee Hess already won a slew of awards including three Interior Design of the Year merit awards and was named among the prestigious design:retail’s 40 under 40 list. The industry veteran who once worked for Skylab, began her own company Osmose Design in 2009. She prefers her work to not have a signature look and would rather have someone walk into an office and have it be unique enough for people to stop and say, “who designed this?” Osmose blends and pushes the limits of interior design by fusing design-build with project management, furniture and lighting design, and branding creative direction, all while making dependable relationships in order to craft memorable spaces and environments.

Featured Projects

OregonLive’s shoutout to Andee Hess and one of the many projects featured in blog posts about cool spaces or interior designers is the office she designed for Portland-based software developer Panic, which specializes in apps for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It only makes sense that their headquarters would have a slick design to reflect its products, so Osmose used vibrant colors and lighting that’s a bit unprecedented in what you’d expect an office to look like. The studio also animated spaces in an unusually delightful way. For example, one will be sure to notice—if not stare—at the edge-lit giant triangles that scale the wall. The deck has even been said to have “alien-like landscaping,” a testament to the creativity of the firm’s work.

Scott | Edwards Architecture

Sid Scott
Lisa McLellan
Brian Mares
Rick Berry
Peter Grimm
Jeff Hammond
Alden Kasiewicz

2525 E. Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214

About Scott | Edwards Architecture

“People First. Design Forward:” This motto encapsulates the mission of Scott | Edwards Architecture, a Portland-based practice committed to modern design and quality living. The studio’s core services include architecture, planning, and interiors, and their diverse portfolio is balanced between the private, public, and non-profit sectors.. The firm’s process involves innovative technology infused with sustainable elements, ensuring every project meets the highest standard possible. Seamless collaboration between the team and the client guarantees top-notch output, a trait that has earned a large network of repeat patrons over the years.

S|EA’s vast portfolio includes commercial, private residential, civic, education, healthcare, hospitality, and multi-family projects. The firm has been recognized as Oregon’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Oregon Business Magazine and deemed the Top Workplace in the state by The Oregonian. Some of its notable projects include the Oregon City Public Library, the Custom Blocks renovation, and the Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Featured Projects

At its heart, the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Headquarters & Eastside pub in Bend, Oregon is an exploration into interconnected processes, immersing restaurant patrons into the world of 10 Barrel’s daily operations. A two-story bisecting wall serves as the organizational and structural backbone of the building where the open office business environment co-exists alongside the restaurant and industrial production line. Filtered views between these spaces tactfully ensure privacy without compromise to the overall experience, permitting transparency into all programmatic functions. It is an acknowledgment and celebration of all parts of the process from office culture down to bottling and the simple act of sharing a drink with friends.

SERA Architects

338 NW 5th Ave., Portland, OR 97209


About SERA Architects

Established in 1968, SERA Architects is one of the most prominent firms in the Portland architectural scene. The Portland studio is spearheaded by Becky Epstein and Clark Brockmann and specializes in design-driven architecture and exceptional customer service. Maximizing space is integral in its process, particularly for commercial projects. Flexible office layouts, formal and informal segments, and area optimization are key priorities in the aforementioned market, as well as worker safety and daylight accessibility. Each project completed by SERA displays creative and innovative designs. Its work encompasses a diverse lot of markets including education, civic, hospitality, and urban design and planning sectors. Sustainability is also a major aspect of their work, as the practice is an active proponent of energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious projects. Numerous projects of the practice are certified by the LEED, ranging from private buildings to commercial properties.

Featured Projects

Features is an office designed in 2013 for Gevurtz Menashe, a family-owned local law firm. Located within the Fleischner Mayer Building, the corporate space evokes a welcoming and collaborative atmosphere that allows the staff to work with clients freely and efficiently. Sustainable elements are present in the design process, as is refinished wood and upgraded lighting fixtures. Stunning artwork and vintage furniture spruce up the interiors, evoking a professional rustic charm.

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

TVA’s studio has exuded a passion for the modernist style since design principal Robert L. Thompson, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), founded the firm in 1984. 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 chapters, 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

TVA has done a lot of cool office work for localized companies like Laika Studios, Umpqua Bank, and DigiMarc. Perhaps we could focus on the grandiose work they have done creating space for Nike, but let’s take a look instead at what Portland Business Journal recently released as a press story about Banfield Corporate Headquarters. Yes, these offices were created by TVA and are not only awesome looking but also Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified. The three office blocks comprise 230,000 square feet of office space for this growing veterinary practice. Pet lovers rejoice, those caring for your furry friends are now working in style. The large atrium of the office headquarters looks out to a center courtyard. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in light, making the most of Portland’s often grey skies.

Weedman Design Partners

Travis Weedman
Arielle Weedman

NW Design Awards for Commercial Office Design 2015

522 N Thompson Street #7, Portland, OR 97227

About Weedman Design Partners

Weedman Design is an interior design and creative management firm based in Portland. It is made up of designers, curators, collaborators, and more. Their passion is creating unique and beautiful spaces with their clients, with projects primarily done in the Pacific Northwest. Once featured on HGTV, the company is run by Travis and Arielle, who aim to create interiors that will stand the test of time and place. The two started their business in 2003 and have created projects for a variety of markets including hospitality, restaurant, and multi-family sectors.

Featured Projects

Named in several articles as one of the coolest office spaces in Portland, Weedman Design Partners created a playful space for the event-planning web engine company ImpactFlow. The design of the office mirrors the young, community-based software startup. The office, reflecting the facets of the business brand, has welcoming and collaborative open areas for teams of employees to work within. The space has soft yet classic furnishing, bits of funky décor, and even arcade games to get the creative juices flowing. Weedman Design kept the architectural bones of the historic building intact yet customized it to create different pockets for what was needed: play, privacy, lounge, entertainment, casualness, and work.

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, and Portland, the latter of which serves as their headquarters. The company was founded in 1942 and was formerly known as Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership. Ted Hyman serves as one of the managing partners of the largest architecture firm in Portland, which has received numerous accolades throughout the years, 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. They are consistently ranked as the top company by locals in Portland Business Journal.

Featured Projects

A recent legacy project of ZFG is the downtown Portland headquarters for Stoel Rives. The firm used reclaimed wood and other natural materials to align with their sustainable design goals, which have gained the firm LEED Platinum certification. The building features a two-floor reception and conference center, two levels of administrative services, five floors of attorney offices, and an open collaborative space. ZFG also created the corporate headquarters for the Hanna Andersson Corporation, which features a completely open office environment for the 12 departments. A white color palette is used throughout and helps solidify the continuity between each space. Workstations have sit-to-stand desks and a bistro brings employees together at the office. This project won ZFG the Chicago Athenaeum, an American Architecture Award.

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