Featured Architects

The Best Custom Home Builders & Design-Build Firms in Portland

Overview

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.

Top Architects

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Woofter Architecture

Architects:
Miles Woofter

Address:
107 SE Washington Street, Portland, OR 97214

About Woofter Architecture

Based in Portland, Oregon, Woofter Architecture is a collaborative design practice that believes successful architecture necessitates an environmentally sound, place-based responsiveness to time and culture. They have received both merit and sustainability awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with numerous other awards in excellence, including some rather unique accolades such as the Institutional Wood Design Winner, 2013 WoodWorks National Wood Design Awards. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Miles Woofter has practiced architecture for over 20 years, developing expertise in the design, documentation, and delivery of sustainable building projects, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Also with 20 years of experience, Jonathan Bolch is a registered architect in the state of Oregon. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Portland State University.

Featured Projects

The State Data Center is an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art facility for consolidated data processing operations for multiple state agencies. The project not only meets the State of Oregon LEED Silver equivalency, but it actually achieved energy savings at 20 percent better than the code required. The project design includes dalit open offices that can accommodate up to 60 state employees and can also boast of spacious, well-built conference facilities. The architecture was done as a collaborative project for this reliable facility and infrastructure, but the firm was boastfully able to use design-build methods to deliver the final outcome of this mission-critical facility all in just 13 months.

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Skylab Architecture

Architects:
Jeff Kovel
Brent Grubb

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
AIA Honor Awards,
ASLA Merit Awards

Address:
413 SW 13th Avenue #200, Portland, OR 97205

About Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture was founded in 1999 and is a full-service and integrated interdisciplinary design studio. Their mission is to create meaningful, sustainable architectural experiences. Inspired by the human experience in various places, the firm investigates how to bring the best use of modern elements to people, place, and food. Jeff Kovel is the design principal. The other principal is Brent Grubb. The firm has won many awards from the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) and the AIA for design, honor, merit, and built citation. Their build design focuses on sustainability and the human experience.

Featured Projects

The Yard, although a great issue of controversy, is worth writing about. This tower is 21-stories of dark glass, a building that lives at the end of the Burnside Bridge along the Willamette River. Many Portlanders complain about how it has changed the skyline and produces too dark of a glare; then there are those who love it and live in it. No matter what team you’re on, nevertheless, it is certainly an eye catcher. The building responds to the sloping site and arterial infrastructure; it has an elevated podium eco-roof that engages the pedestrian platform on the Burnside Bridge. Yard was built in part of the Portland Development Commission’s Burnside Bridgehead Master Plan, an effort to revitalize entrepreneurial development in Portland, Oregon and alleviate the housing shortage.

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Waechter Architecture

Architects:
Ben Waechter

Awards:
Architectural Record 10 Design Vanguard,
Residential Architect Design Award

Address:
3514 N Vancouver Avenue #300, Portland, OR 97227

About Waechter Architecture

Since establishing his own practice in 2007, Ben Waechter has won numerous local, national, and international design awards. He has been published in Urban Land Magazine, Architectural Record, New York Times, DWELL Magazine, Gray Magazine and Oregon Home Magazine. Waechter Architecture was listed as one of the 10 Design Vanguard winners by Architectural Record. Featuring 10 emerging architectural practices from all over the world, the annual showcase highlights those “at the forefront of design” and “demonstrating inventive approaches to shaping the built environment.” Waechter Architecture is a full-service architecture firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Despite the firm’s renowned inventiveness, they still do an excellent job of collaboratively working with their clients to maximize elegant solutions and address any specific functional needs. Their buildings projects center on simplicity and efficiency, yet remain distinguished and uniquely authentic.

Featured Projects

Known for designing and building some of Portland’s most “high-flying” architecture, Ben Waechter has been written up as “building with purely speculative hopes of finding a buyer.” Howard Roark, anyone? Let’s take a look at the Tower House: overlooking Northwest Portland’s industrial district, the Tower House is steeply grounded in its Willamette Heights site in a large stack of four floors (600 feet each). A dining room and kitchen, then living rooms on top of the bedrooms make this place quite a spectacle; but beware, you may have to be in shape to live here, for there is no elevator. The Tower House is accessed by a 24-foot-long bridge that extends up and off at the third floor. The exterior is considered somewhat austere, with bronze-colored and corrugated metal highlighting its vertical posture, but the corners are rounded to give it a delicate balance. On each stack/floor, there is a white deck for a bit of accent.

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Garrison Hullinger

Architects:
Garrison Hullinger

Awards:
ASID Design Excellence Awards

Address:
506 SW 6th Avenue, Fifth Floor, Portland, OR 97204

About Garrison Hullinger

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design is another recipient of several Excellence awards. He works with residential interior architecture, including design, finish specification, presentations, and project management, while also doing full-service interior design. His work has been featured in print and digital magazines including The Wall Street Journal, Embark Magazine, Gray Magazine, Portrait of Portland, and more. Principal of the firm, he brings a thorough understanding of form, color, and construction to all of the firm’s work with clients.

Featured Projects

Built in a stylish suburb community just south of Portland, Lake Oswego is a perfect place for Garrison Hullinger’s 4200-square-foot, shingle-style home: the Berwick house. The clients who requested this design wanted a home that elicidted a Northwest lifestyle and that would also be bountiful in space and roominess for visiting guests to gather and stay. The project was semi-challenging due to the community’s numerous zoning and planning requirements, on top of keeping with the clients’ vision. However, GH created large and open-vaulted spaces on both the first and second floors, which made it possible to build and design spaciousness and beauty, all while aligning with the aesthetics of this upscale neighborhood. The exterior of the house is painted a soft and creamy wood color, with a white trim, which gives it a look of modern organization and cleanliness all while fitting into the natural landscape and inviting a warm and classical gaze.

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LEVER Architecture

Architects:
Thomas Robinson

Address:
4713 N Albina Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

About LEVER Architecture

LEVER is a design practice based out of Portland, Oregon, whose architecture includes a multitude of building projects for institutions, creative offices, retail, and multifamily housing. LEVER was founded in 2009 by Thomas Robinson, who received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California, 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

These guys get extra credit because they created the first building in the US made from domestically fabricated Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Located in North Portland, Albina Yard is a 16k-square-foot office building considered to be the cutting edge of architecture. Albina Yard was designed by architect Thomas Robinson’s Portland-based firm Lever Architecture, the United States’ leader of CLT mass timber construction use. Albina Yard opened in September of 2016 and is the first office building in the US to utilize mass timber construction. Locally-manufactured and prefabricated in Oregon, the building’s glue-laminated timber frame and Douglas fir CLT panels makes the Albina Yard stand out all the more.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects

Architects:
Timothy R. Eddy
Stephen J. Hennebery (+)

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Award,
AIA 2030 Challenge Design Award Single Family Residential Excellence,
DBIA Project/Team Award

Address:
921 SW Washington Street # 250, Portland, OR 97205

About Hennebery Eddy Architects

Established in 1992, the firm has flourished on the foundation cast by founding Principals Timothy R. Eddy and the late Stephen J. Henneberry, who sought to create a collaborative design firm of architects who share a passion for architecture and possess an interminable work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit. The firm has grown over the years and now includes Principals Alan Osborne, David Wark, Michelle Vo, and Debbie Rogers. Young architects and designers look to Hennebery Eddy as providing the work ethic, entrepreneurism, and stewardship that the firm embodies. The firm provides services in architecture and planning, interior design, sustainable design, and historic renovations. Over the course of their history, they have received 56 awards for 28 projects, including a Fire Station 76, Merit Award from AIA Northwest and Pacific Region in 2016; and an Ash+Ash Residence, 2030 Challenge Design Award Single Family Residential Excellence by AIA Portland in 2014.

Featured Projects

It’s always fun to see what an architect designs for himself. The home of Timothy Eddy and his wife Joyce Bell proves just what one can do with contemporary sustainability technologies. Hosting a geothermal heat pump to rainwater-recovery system that flushes the toilets to the 10-kilowatt solar array, which then sells power back to PGE — this house is truly inventive. The house is built as a collection of large spaces, some of them outdoors, which give views that provide a 180-degree scope of the landscape. The interior has a floating stair and oak-paneled walls. The triple glazed east- and north-facing, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors are not only elegant but also energy efficient.

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Orange

Architects:
Jake Gundersen
Kris Wallace

Address:
3530 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR

About Orange

Owners of Orange are Jake Gundersen and Kris Wallace. Orange does it all: large, small, residential, commercial, furniture, cabinetry, ornamental, structural, and maintenance. Orange describes itself as a design firm, a construction company, and a custom fabrication shop. They are licensed through the Oregon Construction Contractor’s Board, and to the foodies of Portland, they have a big role in making Portland known for having great and stylish restaurants and bars. This firm is not afraid to take risks, and their work epitomizes the old saying that “it’s often worth the risk.” They can handle a lot of different types of work from concept through completion. Orange takes pride in their flexibility, skills, and personality.

Featured Projects

One favorite project is Portland’s beloved Ava Gene’s off of trendy SE Division Street. Written up in Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurant Nominations, Ava Gene is described as a spot that reads nothing Italian, but instead, “the combination of exposed beams, marble countertops, an open kitchen, and comfortable low-slung banquettes gives it more of a neighborhood bistro vibe.” This could not better fit the Division area’s hip food scene, and Orange is to thank for that. Orange was also responsible for creating the magic look and feel behind the Italian bakery Roman Candle, which was designed and built in 2013. The back is where the production takes place, while the front has a gorgeous invitation to the eyes of visitors, featuring tile and Oregon Walnut wood.

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Green Hammer

Founder:
Stephen Aiguier

Architects:
Erica Dunn
Jon Lundstrom
Laura Squillace
Meghan Wirtner

Address:
1323 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

About Green Hammer

Green Hammer is a design build firm and certified B-Corp based in Portland, Oregon. Green Hammer creates buildings that promote health and protect the planet. Founded in 2007, the firm’s multidisciplinary team of designers and construction experts are innovators and leaders in creating inspiring, zero energy homes and buildings that create long-term value and positive impact.

Featured Projects

Green Hammer’s deeply collaborative process results in spaces that engage and delight while evoking a deep connection to the natural world. Green Hammer’s passion for sustainability allows the company to deliver homes, buildings and communities of the highest craft, comfort and performance within the smallest of ecological footprints.

As a B Corp Best for the World Honoree and Real Leaders Award winner, Green Hammer believes business can be a force for good.

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Ankrom Moisan Architects Inc.

Architects:
Stewart Ankrom
Tom Moisan

Awards:
Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification

Address:
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

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 architectural and interior design firm moved its few hundred Portland employees into the ever 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 an all-staff conference room. But our favorite part is the cozy little nooks they designed for themselves for any improv last minute meetings that might need to happen here or there. And of course, almost all of the walls can be used as whiteboards for any ideas that might need visual markup right away.

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Bora Architects

Architects:
Amy Donohue
Christopher Linn
Michael Tingley
Stephen Weeks
John O’Toole
Jeanie Lai

Awards:
AIA Northwest + Pacific Region Firm of the Year

Address:
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 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, Christopher Linn, Michael Tingley, Stephen Weeks, John O’Toole, and Jeanie Lai.

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 the 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, 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.

The Best Commercial Architects in Portland

Overview

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

Architects:
Stewart Ankrom
Tom Moisan

Awards:
Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification

Address:
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.


Bora Architects

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

Awards:
AIA Firm of the Year

Address:
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.

Featured Projects

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.

Architects:
Troy Ainsworth, Principal
Ian Gelbrich, Partner
Richard Grace, Partner
Edward Running, Associate Partner
Barbara Clement, Associate Partner
Christine Rumi, Associate Partner

Awards:
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)

Address:
520 SW Yamhill, Suite 900, Portland, OR 97204
www.ffadesign.com

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.

Featured Projects

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.

Architects:
Kent Pottebaum
Phil Beyl
Katherine Schultz

Awards:
USGBC LEED Homes Project of the Year,
Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards,
AIA Citation Awards

Address:
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.

Featured Projects

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.


Hennebery EddyArchitects

Architects:
Timothy R. Eddy
Stephen J. Hennebery (+)

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Award,
DBIA Project/Team Award

Address:
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.

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 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.

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

Awards:
Commercial Real Estate Community Impact Award,
Association of Retail Environments Sustainability Award

Address:
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.

Featured Projects

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

Address:
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.

Featured Projects

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.


Opsis

Architects:
Alec Holsef
Jim Kalvelage
Paul Kinley

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

Address:
920 NW 17th Avenue, Portland Oregon 97209

About Opsis

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.

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 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.


SERA Architects

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

Awards:
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project

Address:
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.

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 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.


TVA Architects

Architects:
Bob Thompson
Mandy Butler
Tim Wybenga
Pam Saftler

Awards:
GSA National Design Honor Award for Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse,
BOMA International Campus of the Year Award,
Custom Home Magazine’s Grand Design Award

Address:
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.

Featured Projects

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

Architects:
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

Awards:
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

Address:
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.

Featured Projects

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.

The Best Office Architects in Portland

Overview

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

Architects:
Stewart Ankrom
Tom Moisan

Awards:
Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification

Address:
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

Architects:
Heidi Beebe
Doug Skidmore

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

Address:
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

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

Awards:
AIA Firm of the Year

Address:
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

Architects:
Cornell Anderson
Timothy Fouch
Tonia Hein

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
IIDA Design Excellence Awards

Address:
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

Architects:
Kevin Cavenaugh

Address:
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

Architects:
Thomas Robinson

Address:
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

Architects:
Andee Hess

Awards:
Interior Design of the Year

Address:
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

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

Address:
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

Address:
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

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

Awards:
GSA National Design Honor Award for Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse,
BOMA International Campus of the Year Award,
Custom Home Magazine’s Grand Design Award

Address:
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

Architects:
Travis Weedman
Arielle Weedman

Awards:
NW Design Awards for Commercial Office Design 2015

Address:
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

Architects:
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

Awards:
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

Address:
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.

The Best Residential Architects and Designers in Portland

Overview

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.

This list includes both licensed architects and residential designers who can both design stunning homes but differ in other services offered. Architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management and have passed a licensing exam. Residential designers typically don’t manage projects and plans will need to be approved by a structural engineer. Whether you choose to hire an architect or a residential designer will depend on your project needs and complexity.

Top Architects

Dao Architecture

Architects:
Joanne Le
David Horsley

Awards:
AIA Citation Awards

Address:
310 SW 4th Avenue #810, Portland, OR 97204

About Dao Architecture

Dao Architectures integrates interior, landscape, urban, and architectural design to create contemporary spaces that rely on research, innovation, and technical and design knowledge. Consultants, clients, contractors, and fabricators are all an integral part of DAO’s process of forming beautiful and functional spatial concepts. The principals of the firm are Joanne Le and David Horsley, who have nearly 50 years of combined experience. Prior to founding their own firm in 2004, the two have worked for some of the West Coast’s most distinguished architectural firms. Dao is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, a Women Business Enterprise, and an Emerging Small Business as well as a member of the US Green Building Council. They have been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the AIA Portland Homes Tour, The Modern Homes Tour, and the Portland Month Design Annual.

Featured Projects

Dao created a compact dwelling in the historic Irvington neighborhood—a two-story house that can comfortably host a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, powder room, two bedrooms, and several storage areas, along with a ground floor patio and upper deck. All this, and yet the structure is only 13 feet wide and 950 square feet in total. Dao was able to work within the confines of the narrow site and the zoning regulations to strategically create an efficient and simple project that maximizes views, light, and beautiful interiors with large windows, floor openings, and large central skylights. This creates a spacious feel while retaining privacy with patterned glass. This was all accomplished with a low-cost value by utilizing sustainable features that are elegant and unobstructed. The residence was included in the “Houses That Matter” article in Portland Monthly Design Annual and featured in both the Modern Homes tour and the AIA Portland Homes tours.


Fieldwork Design and Architecture

Architects:
Cornell Anderson
Timothy Fouch
Tonia Hein

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
IIDA Design Excellence Awards

Address:
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 build team. Their work is innovative, forward-thinking, and always remains connected to the natural environment, no matter the scope of the project. Sustainable and local materials are consistently used to enhance natural views and landscapes. Natural ventilation and lighting are also key components of their sensitive and memorable work.

Featured Projects

The Kerns Micro House is one of Fieldwork’s most innovative projects, a well-decorated residence that earned the Mayor’s Honorable Mention in the 2016 AIA Design Awards and the Design Excellence Awards Best of Residential award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Made to meet the City of Portland’s strict standards in design without losing an individual personality, this accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is truly one of a kind. Its style is minimalist, modern, and shows off custom-made, white oak cabinetry from Oregon, which was fabricated by Fieldwork. The space takes advantage of natural light to give it an airy spaciousness, which is augmented by the flexibility of the custom-made Murphy Bed and storage unit. Every single piece of furniture and cabinetry, interior design, and architecture was done by the Fieldwork team. They did an excellent job of matching the unit’s sustainable build with the environment. Another amazing project by Fieldwork Design is the West Hills Residence, which won the 2014 IIDA Design Excellence Awards “Best of Residential” award and IIDA Design Excellence Awards “GRAY’s Choice Award” from GRAY Magazine. As its title suggests, the residence sits in the West Hills above Portland’s downtown and consists of a complete renovation and transformation of an existing indoor swimming pool and unfinished basement utility and storage area, which was converted into a modern and exquisite glass-doored wine cellar. This project infuses modernity with the natural forest, which gives the house a restorative aesthetic and a therapeutic atmosphere.


Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio

Address:
915 NW 19th Avenue, Studio C, Portland, OR 97209

About Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio

Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio operates on the foundation of great architecture, standout interior design, and excellent service. The studio has been recognized through numerous design awards and publications. Jenny and Jeff Guggenheim serve as the firm’s principal designer/design director and principal architect, respectively. The studio’s portfolio of projects covers properties throughout the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. These design projects include work in residential, medical, hospitality, and retail sectors as well as select exhibition work. Guggenheim is licenced to practice architecture in the States of Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Featured Projects

The Wriff Residence featured is a project designed by Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio. Completed in 2019, the Portland two-story home is built into a hillside overlooking the Willamette River. Taking aesthetic cues from a Northwest Modern styles, the exterior reflects a classic mid-century aesthetic synonymous with the region, infused with modern elements to match the current landscape’s stylish flair. The property features a metal and wood make-up and an asymmetric build and includes a second-level terrace, a car garage, tall glass windows, and a shed and metal roof. A striking palette of black and natural wood tones give the house a sophisticated yet inviting charm.


Harka Architecture

Address:
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 740, Portland, OR 97214

 

About Harka Architecture

Low-carbon architecture is the driving force of Harka Architecture, one of Portland’s most prominent green-based design firms. Smart and convenient living is a trademark of the studio with its inspired designs that promote modern and responsible living. It is led by principal architect Patrick Donaldson, who is a LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and Construction Engineering Management (CEM) certified expert. A registered architect in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, Donaldson and his team specializes in using non-toxic materials to produce environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient structures. The industry stalwart carries vast expertise in numerous markets including single and multi-family homes, restaurants, retail establishments, historical theaters, and emergency response facilities.

Featured Projects

The featured estate is the Montavilla Residences, a Harka Architecture project completed in 2019. The shared residential site includes three lots, each one filled with a single-family dwelling and an ADU. Every home displays a contemporary charm with a sleek minimalist design that’s both stylish and functional. The exterior building layout features a shared courtyard that provides a communal space and a semi-private and private outdoor area for its inhabitants. A common element for the residential units is a private second-story balcony connected to the common yard. A vegetable garden and a play area are also designed for recreational use. To the north of the property’s garages is a parking space reserved for the homeowners.


Hennebery Eddy Architects

Architects:
Timothy R. Eddy
Stephen J. Hennebery (+)

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Award,
DBIA Project/Team Award

Address:
921 SW Washington Street # 250, Portland, OR 97205

About Hennebery Eddy Architects

Hennebery Eddy Architects was founded in 1992 by Principals Timothy R. Eddy and Stephen J. Hennebery. The firm has grown over the years and currently includes Alan Osborne, David Wark, Michelle Vo, and Debbie Rogers among its board of principals. Young architects and designers look to Hennebery Eddy as an ideal firm that embodies work ethic, entrepreneurship, and stewardship. The firm provides services in architecture and planning, interior design, sustainable design, and historic renovations. Over the course of its history, the practice has received 56 awards for 28 projects, including a Merit Award from AIA Northwest and Pacific Region in 2016 and a Challenge Design Award for Single Family Residential Excellence by AIA Portland in 2014.

Featured Projects

The home of Timothy Eddy and his wife Joyce Bell proves what one can do with contemporary sustainability technology. The innovative house features a geothermal heat pump and a rainwater recovery system that flushes the toilets to the 10-kilowatt solar array, which then sells power back to PGE. The house is built as a collection of large spaces, with outdoor areas that provide a 180-degree scope of the landscape. The interior has a floating stair and oak-paneled walls, and triple-glazed, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors add an elegant and energy-efficient element to the property.


Jeffrey Miller Architect

Architects:
Jeffrey Miller

Awards:
Exterior and Interior NW Wall & Ceiling Bureau Outstanding Project of the Year Award

Address:
834 SW St Clair Avenue, Suite 202, Portland, OR 97205

About Jeffrey Miller Architect

The recipient of numerous awards and publication features for his noteworthy projects, Jeffrey Miller is a Portland native who holds degrees from both Boston University and the University of Washington. He has also studied architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His firm has completed over 500 residential projects throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. He does both new house design and remodeling work, the latter of which often necessitates historic restoration, which is a signature service of his firm. The firm is known for graphically translating and finding solutions to client questions in order to fit a family’s needs and lifestyles. Miller’s Smith Residence won both the Exterior and Interior NW Wall & Ceiling Bureau Outstanding Project of the Year Award.

Featured Projects

Jeffrey Miller’s projects are not like those of the many designers who collage different historical motifs into a conglomerate of confusing glue. Instead, his work is always extremely informed by the past while steering clear of trends. A perfect example of this is the Stafford Hills Ranch. In the country house made for Greg and Penny Popma, Miller took influence from the English architect Edwin Lutyens sans the French-like stone facade. The interiors of the dwelling are an 8,000 square feet pivot off a one-and-a-half-story solar, which works well with the cloudy climate of Portland. The ceilings are vaulted trusses built from beams of an old Pennsylvania barn. The stone facade was purposefully chosen in order to work well with light and avoid gray. Miller used Olympia basalt, which glows a kind yellow hue when the light hits at the right angle.


Olson Kundig Architects

Architects:
Tom Kundig
Jim Olson

Awards:
AIA Honor Awards

Address:
159 S Jackson Street #600, Seattle, WA 98104

About Olson Kundig Architects

Tom Kundig’s firm is located in Seattle, Washington, but it has completed many impressive projects in Portland. He has won a variety of distinguished awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The firm is led by five owners who do a variety of work across the world, including homes (often for art collectors), cultural and civic projects, museums and exhibition designs, creative production, and places of worship. Their design practice is grounded in the idea that buildings serve as a bridge between people and nature and are meant to positively inspire lives.

Featured Projects

The Portland Heights house was made for clients who were founders of the local jewelry store Twist. Design entrepreneurs Paul Schneider and Lauren Eulau successfully translate envisioned beauty, which shines in the two-story house’s long and stout structure. The width never exceeds that of one room, the living and entertainment rooms sit on top of the bedrooms, and the library has floor-to-ceiling glass, which also spreads across the back elevator. The otherwise quite rectilinear design of the house is broken with the master suite, which sits aloft the trees in a column that faces west, overlooking the Coastal Range and the Tualatin Valley. Olson Kundig has also made some pretty spectacular vacation homes for Portlanders who want a getaway to a second home a little outside the city. Take the Glass Farmhouse in Northeast Oregon, for example. The clients, inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, wanted a place that opened to the prairie and mountains. Three sides of the house have high-efficiency, glass-framed walls with steel, while the north side of the house is a solid exterior wall. The house itself sits on a concrete slab, which is further supported by a concrete foundation. Heat-absorbing and releasing thermal mass also exists in separate isolation from the ground plane. Inside the magnificently modern and transparent house are large spaces for eating, living, and sleeping, as well as other enclosed rooms such as a bathroom, study, and storage area.


PDX Living

Architects:
Robert Hawthorne
Bart Bergquist

Address:
Portland, OR 97213

About PDX Living

Dedicated to designing and building energy-efficient homes that are both comfortable and healthy, PDX Living is a company one can trust to build a modern Portland home. The firm is award-winning in its construction and design due to the fact that they look to the future in order to build today’s best buildings. They always strive to create projects that use as little energy as possible and that will remain durable and beautiful throughout the years. Another winning factor is that they strive to make their projects low-cost despite being high-performance-driven.

Featured Projects

Architect Rob Hawthorne and builder Bart Berquist succeed in creating homes that can produce as much electricity as they use, all at a reasonable mid-range price. The CoreHaus was the first residence in Portland to earn Passive House certification, a system that started in Germany that is extremely efficient and airtight. Another project, the CH2 House, is a net-zero energy home with a welcoming and modern exterior. This 1,670 square foot house has three bedrooms and two baths, designed with top-notch quality. Materials used to build the house include quartz countertops, cork and exposed concrete floors, translucent glass cabinets, an oversized soaking tub, and European tilt-and-turn triple-glazed windows. Design benefits include comfort, durability, savings, and air quality as well as airtight construction, heat recovery ventilation, and efficient custom doors with vacuum insulated panels (VIP).


SERA Architects

Architects:
Bing Sheldon (+)
Kurt Schultz

Awards:
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project

Address:
338 NW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

About SERA Architects

After hearing from a former classmate that Portland was a city with a rich history and a promising future, Bing Sheldon moved his family from Denmark to the Pacific Northwest. Sheldon 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, like the AIA National’s highest sustainability award or featured in the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project, 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

Adjacent to an already existing single-family residence belonging to Linda Rose and Eldon Haines (well-known solar-pioneer and creator of the Copper-Cricket Solar Thermal Water Heater), SERA’s innovative project, the Rose House, is an 800-square-foot ADU (accessory dwelling unit). In line with the core values of the clients, the project’s aim was to create a residence that could annually generate more electricity through solar photovoltaic panels than it actually used. SERA used Natural Step principles to design the residence, and it is one of two Oregon Office of Energy’s Zero-Net Energy Home demo projects. All this functionality and over-the-top energy accomplishments, and it’s still a charming little house, inside and out.


Skylab Architecture

Architects:
Jeff Kovel
Brent Grubb

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
AIA Honor Awards,
ASLA Merit Awards

Address:
413 SW 13th Avenue #200, Portland, OR 97205

About Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture is a full-service and integrated interdisciplinary design studio. It was founded in 1999 with the mission to create meaningful and sustainable architectural experiences. Inspired by the human experience in various places, the firm investigates how to bring the best use of modern elements to people and places. Jeff Kovel and Brent Grubb serve as design principal and principal, respectively. The firm is the winner of many awards from the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Featured Projects

Many people know Skylab Architecture for The Yard, a 21-story dark glass tower located at the end of the Burnside Bridge. Besides the looming shadow of the complex, the firm offers a deep portfolio of projects with excellent aesthetic quality. Take the Hoke Residence. Also known as the Twilight House, it is situated at the border of Portland and Forest Park and was harmoniously crafted to reflect the urban wild environment. Built and designed at the intersection of inside and outside spaces, the vibrant outdoor surroundings are framed within the expansive interior settings. Creating a light and spacious tree-house-like experience was modernized by means of angular details placed amongst flowing spaces, which highlights the forest canopy. This was all done while crafting a home with minimum building footprint through utilizing cantilevered volumes.


Waechter Architecture

Architects:
Ben Waechter

Awards:
Architectural Record 10 Design Vanguard,
Residential Architect Design Award

Address:
3514 N Vancouver Avenue #300, Portland, OR 97227

About Waechter Architecture

Waechter Architecture is a full-service architecture firm headquartered in Portland. It is led by founder and principal Ben Waechter and was listed as one of the 10 Design Vanguard winners by Architectural Record. Featuring 10 emerging architectural practices from all over the world, the annual showcase highlights those “at the forefront of design” and “demonstrating inventive approaches to shaping the built environment.” Despite the firm’s renowned inventiveness, they still do an excellent job of collaboratively working with their clients to maximize elegant solutions and address any specific functional needs. Their building projects center on simplicity and efficiency while remaining distinguished and uniquely authentic. 

Featured Projects

Overlooking Northwest Portland’s industrial district, the Tower House is steeply grounded in its Willamette Heights site with a large stack of four floors (600 feet each). A dining room and kitchen as well as living rooms on top of the bedrooms make this place quite a spectacle. Since there is no elevator, the Tower House is accessed by a 24-foot-long bridge that extends up and off on the third floor. The exterior is considered somewhat austere, with bronze-colored and corrugated metal highlighting its vertical posture and rounded corners that give it a delicate balance. On each stack/floor is a white deck for a bit of accent. Now let’s talk about another project: the Pavilion House located in NE Portland. What do you do when you want a glass house but also want privacy when the property is on a visually exposed lot? You call Waechter Architecture and they will draw, design, and build you the solution. Four rectangular legs hold up the second story of the home, which houses the stairs, bathroom, storage, and kitchen. Between these legs lives an open floor plan, which even expands to an outdoor living room through a floor-to-ceiling glass door. The concrete floor is polished cast on grade, which makes the floor-to yard transition seamless, creating a feeling of great expanse while somehow feeling intimate. The upstairs spaces are even more intimate but its cellular plan is also flexible, with three compact and contained bedrooms that orbit around a central gathering area and study space.


Works Progress Architecture

Architects:
Carrie Strickland
Jennifer Dzienis

Awards:
AIA Portland Built Merit Award

Address:
811 SE Stark Street #210, Portland, OR 97214

About Works Progress Architecture

Works Progress Architecture (WPA) is an architectural design studio with offices in both Los Angeles and Portland. Started by Carrie Strickland and William Neburka, WPA was launched in 2005 and has since been known as a progressive firm that always provides clear, conceptual diagrams no matter the project or spectrum of approach. They excel in responding to environmental, program, and individual requests and requirements and consider themselves as walking the line between stern and sexy, and between simple and complex. Their work has been featured in several publications such as Dwell Magazine, Dezeen, AIA Home, and Design Week. WPA once nabbed the number 5 spot in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 US Architect Firms.

Featured Projects

The Bowstring Truss House is a private residence and studio that was previously a 5,000 square-foot warehouse and auto repair shop. The firm retained the bones of the design, which included exposed roof framing and four bow-string trusses, and used an open floor plan while adapting the space into a livable residence. To do this, WPA created private living areas amongst the expansive areas while inserting new elements of functionality with special consideration to the environment. New skylights were added to the home to provide natural daylight and the center of the house has a roofscape and groundscape that form a central courtyard. This project won the AIA Portland Built Merit Award and has been featured in several write-ups in Dwell, DeZeen, and Architecture Foundation of Oregon. For those who want to live with their family but also want some extra space, one might consider the design of the Tandem House. The house is made up of two interlocking boxes, which showcase the open and private duality of the structure. WPA did an excellent job streaming natural light into the center of the house, creating a play of lights and shadows within the home. Experimenting with the use of light again, the central staircase of perforated metal is not only bent, but also flanked by a structure of screen walls made from laminated lumber. This allows light in and filters different views throughout all areas of the house. The development of such a home reexamines and uniquely alters the functional split-level house, all while exhibiting the literal and visual connections that one wants in a modern house’s layout.

The Best Restaurant Architects and Designers in Portland

Overview

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.

 

Top Architects and Designers

Ankrom Moisan Architects Inc

Principals:
Stewart Ankrom
Tom Moisan

Awards:
Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification

Address:
6720 S.W. Macadam Avenue #100, Portland, OR 97219

About Ankrom Moisan Architects Inc.

A recipient of the Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Workplace Certification, Ankrom Moisan Architects is a national firm founded in 1983 and headquartered in Portland. The firm’s portfolio includes a wide array of award-winning projects such as mixed-use student 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 and emphasis on creating spaces where people and communities thrive.

Featured Projects

Sinju restaurant is designed with a Japanese aestheticcustomers and clients enter and move through spaces that are made within spaces, each arranged to embody balance and delicacy. Areas made for larger communities neighbor more personal and intimate spaces for smaller groups. The bar is designed with Bubinga wood, visually enhancing the dining experience. Fabrics and wood-slatted panels hang, which provide both contrast and intimacy against the stone-tiled floors. The art collection that hangs on the walls is from the owner’s own travels to Japan, which imbues the restaurant with a sense of authentic personality, intrigue, and a visual environment. The interiors hold swaths of silk finely designed in quality and detail, providing the restaurant a sense of luxury and artistry.


Brett Schulz Architects

Address:
2500 Northeast Sandy Blvd. Suite D, Portland, OR 97232

About Schulz Architects

Brett Schulz runs his eponymous studio with a strong focus on quality architecture and interior design. The Portland native is a Pratt Institute alum who spent the seminal years of his career in New York City before moving back and planting his roots in his hometown. Prior to founding his own practice in 2002, his resume included stints with SERA Architects and FFA Architects. His impressive body of work spans commercial, multi-family, residential, non-profit, and alternative housing sectors. The firm has earned a reputation as a solid partner in the field, earning commendations from its network of clients as well as press features in The Architect’s Newspaper, Portland Monthly, and Portland Architecture.

Featured Projects

Besaw’s Restaurant is a 3,000 square-foot project by Brett Schulz. The new branch designed by the firm infused the establishment with a contemporary design that oozes with traditional style and modern charm. The interior’s design evokes a welcoming atmosphere that encourages social interaction and provides an optimal dining experience. Features include custom booth seating, horseshoe-shaped marble bar, Amiga Lighting-made custom light fixtures, and Kate Blairstone custom wallpapers. Besaw’s Solo Club, a 1,500 square-foot subsidiary right beside the restaurant, was also designed by the studio in partnership with contractor Vara Design Build. Its layout includes a separate kitchen, menu, and decor set-up, a mezzanine for additional seating, and an office area.


Design Department

Principals:
Ben Hufford
Eric Black
Meredith Curran

Address:
208 SW Stark Street #200, Portland, OR 97204

About Design Department

Design Department is a Portland-based firm established in 2008 by Ben Hufford and Eric Black after years of experience at large architecture firms. Today, Hufford remains the design principal at the firm, joined by Meredith Curran, who leads interior design. Food establishment design is a core service of the firm. The practice has been involved in some of the most successful local restaurant and bar projects. Design Department helps clients through the process of lease negotiation, equipment planning, and restaurant and bar design, as well as all permitting processes within the city and the county. Some of its Portland clients include Bamboo Izakaya, Bamboo Sushi, Jackknife, Sweet Hereafter, Dig A Pony, Wilder, Migration Brewing, and Straight from New York Pizza.

Featured Projects

A second project for Bamboo restaurant group, this space earned Eater PDX’s “So Hot Right Now” award shortly after opening. The street location off of NE Alberta is both authentic and warmly inviting. Lanterns were strung above the dining area, and the bamboo huts create a street feel, which was inspired by the “yokocho” dining alleys of Tokyo. This space was entirely built by local artisans but excels in transporting those who enter back into the Showa Era of Tokyo. Another featured project is the bar located in the lobby of the historic Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. In 2014, it won the “Stone Cold Stunner” award by Eater PDX and was even featured in Eater National’s “The Year in Beautiful Restaurants: 15 Stunners.” The firm reused the fireplace, and then incorporated the stain glass-domed ceiling in order to create a timeless, intimate space, similar to a 1920s speakeasy. A 65-foot-long marble bar is the central hub and focal point of this popular watering hole.


Jessica Helgerson

Principals:
Jessica Helgerson

Address:
112 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

About Jessica Helgerson

With work featured in the New York Times, Gray Magazine, Contract Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Casa Vogue, you may recognize the designs of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Helgerson’s signature style is inspired by a well-traveled career; she has lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, and France. Her life in Europe and her travels in India, Mexico, Morocco, and the Far East have strongly influenced her work. The design group as a whole has expertise and experience applicable to the many types of projects they complete.

Featured Projects

Helgerson’s work with Tuft Restaurant has been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Portland Monthly, Gray Magazine, and Contract Magazine. Departing from the norm of Portland’s woodsy aesthetic, the design of this Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant is something to behold. Tusk (named after the Fleetwood Mac album) is a restaurant with lighting and colors that are bright and fresh, giving off the sense of a lively, sunny party. Helgerson designed a system of bleached wood dowels that filter the light and even create beautiful shadows along the walls. This was all done in order to make the space feel as if one was sitting outside under a shady arbor. The palette is pale and restrained, and there is much room left for the colorful artwork displayed (and of course the bright food). The senior designer for the Tusk project was Em Shephard.


LEVER Architecture

Principals:
Thomas Robinson

Address:
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

People move to Portland not just for the city but also because of its location, which is just a short drive away from nature’s splendor. Just west of Newberg right outside of Portland, L’Angolo Estate shows off the latest example of the Pacific Northwest’s architecture and what one can do with the local timber industry. Lever Architecture tapped a mill in Drain, Oregon for upgraded versions of mass-produced beams fashioned from southern Oregon trees. The new tasting room features Doug Fir ceilings and an elegant concrete bar. Lever Architecture designed the airy tasting room with a sleek design and an abundance of natural light—the goal of the project was to replicate the wine in an elegant manner, rooted in the natural beauty of the environment. The project reveals the beauty of simplicity when it comes to aesthetic design, one fitting for an enjoyable wine and dine experience.


LRS Architects Inc.

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

Awards:
Commercial Real Estate Community Impact Award,
Association of Retail Environments Sustainability Award

Address:
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. Managing principals 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 also shines in housing and public projects. They have offices both 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.

Featured Projects

The Barlow project was a 1700-square-foot expansion to the historic Park Tower building located in downtown Portland. Designed to emulate 1920s speakeasy nostalgia of the flapper era, LRS Architects helped design and expand this vintage artisan bar to not only fit the old-school theme, but also to celebrate the Broadway District’s own history. Close by are the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Portland’s Centers for the Arts, stunningly designed structures that were instrumental in creating a successful environment for this restaurant. A demonstration kitchen and mixology station were also added, each minute detail meticulously designed to complement the restaurant’s quite visible corner location. The floor-to-ceiling glazing enhances the allure of Barlow.


Orange Wall Studios

Principals:
Gary Hartfill

Address:
240 N Broadway #308, Portland, OR 97227

About Orange Wall Studios

Orange Wall Studios Architecture and Planning was founded in 2004 by Gary Hartfill. Passion, vision, collaboration, and craft are the four key values that form the foundation of the practice. The work of the firm has been featured in Portland Business Journal, both for its upscale architects and as one of Portland’s fastest-growing businesses. Dedicated to a collaborative design process uniquely tailored to each client, Orange Wall has customized beloved restaurants in the Portland area and beyond, including the ever-popular Pfriem Brewery in Hood River. In projects both in and outside of the restaurant realm, Orange Wall Studios has been awarded for its excellence in preservation, sustainability, adaptive reuse, and community revitalization throughout Oregon.

Featured Projects

Laurelhurst Market is a restaurant continually featured for its excellent food and ambiance. Although they can’t take credit for the gustatory satisfaction of the customers, one must commend Orange Wall Studios for creating and building an environment beloved by Portland natives and foreigners alike. Featured in the Oregonian, Portland Monthly Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, and Willamette Week, the rave reviews of this place are ubiquitous. The restaurant is known for its meats and butchery services, and the display case is not just for show—it’s part of the whole machination. Rather than a theatrical steak-house theater look, the space is casually polished and wooded. The small bar in the back serves as an environment for more experimentally minded cocktail drinkers. The exterior design of the building is both rustic and industrial, with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow passers-by to see the interiors.


Osmose Design

Principals:
Andee Hess

Awards:
Interior Design of the Year

Address:
2351 NW York Street #7, Portland, OR 97210

About Osmose Design

Andee Hess has 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, a previous employee of 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

Salt and Straw, an ice cream restaurant in Northwest Portland, is one of the studio’s standout design projects. The ice cream bar functions extremely well despite its small size, always jam-packed with customers clamoring for sweet treats. Osmose rooted all design in the personality of the company, which includes light-fixtures that were hand-carved to look like scoops of ice cream. Even their wallpaper choice was custom made out of tiny panels to mirror the shape of waffle cones. Hess considers the community, the client, and the space in every detail of the design. One of Hess’s most recent projects, Q restaurant, honors the area’s bustling business and tourist vibe by creating a nostalgic and classic space that also embraces new excitement and buzz. The private and intimate booths contain tufted upholstery, custom stained glass sconces, and black granite, while the more open dining room has a long central upholstered banquette and tabletops of olive ash. Cherrywood detailing and painted trellis screen wrap offer visual versatility and a romantic atmosphere that meshes well with the airiness of the walnut floors.


Scott | Edwards Architecture

Address:
2525 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214

About Scott | Edwards Architecture

Scott | Edwards Architecture (SEA) is a Portland firm that runs on a “People First. Design Forward.” mindset. The studio’s operations utilize current and sustainable technology to craft upstanding structures and convenient spaces, with a key vision that centers around providing contemporary design and comfortable living through architecture, planning, and interior services. Its excellent work has earned recognition as one of Oregon’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Oregon Business Magazine and named the Top Workplace in the state by The Oregonian.

Featured Projects

A commitment to quality design has been upheld since Sid Scott and Kelly Edwards founded the firm in 1998. With a staff of 85 professionals, the talented design team brings vast experience and an innovative approach to their projects, offering clients unique design solutions that focus on the end user. Expertise in client service has catapulted the firm’s reputation to stellar heights, earning prominence and high-regard within the city’s client community circle. The team’s body of work covers commercial, private residential, civic, education, healthcare, hospitality, and multi-family projects.

The featured SEA project is the Opal Bar, a 1,548 square-foot cocktail restaurant in Portland. The architect studio worked in collaboration with Ben Hufford of the Design Department to complete the striking establishment. Modern decor interlaced with classic fixtures brings out a stunning old world-new world charm. The large outdoor area is connected to the inside through wide windows that allow patrons to bask in the social atmosphere of the place.


Skylab Architecture

Principals:
Jeff Kovel
Brent Grubb

Awards:
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
AIA Honor Awards,
ASLA Merit Awards

Address:
413 SW 13th Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205

About Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture is a full-service and integrated interdisciplinary design studio. They were founded in 1999 with the mission to create meaningful and sustainable architectural experiences. Inspired by the human experience in various places, the firm investigates how to bring the best use of modern elements to people and places. Jeff Kovel and Brent Grubb serve as design principal and principal, respectively. The firm has won numerous awards from the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Featured Projects

Capturing a Northwest modernism blended with a log cabin and a hipster bar, the Doug Fir Lounge has the aesthetic of a classic mountain lodge merged with the modernist experience of travel and motel. Enormous glulam beams that were already part of the building were restored and offset by new finishes, and stainless steel, glass block, and chrome ceiling panels applied in a new manner. The futuristic application makes this a truly unique spot to dine in, and then catch a show or spend the night. Another well-known project is Departure, a 9,000 square-foot rooftop restaurant and lounge that sits on the top floor of the old Meier & Frank Building. The building was built in 1908, and is listed among the National Register of Historic Places in Portland, Oregon. This project truly emphasizes Skylab’s capability to meld an existing structure with high design, creating a new experience for the community that allows community members to engage in the heart of downtown Portland. The dining room seats 100 and is described as being similar to a cockpit space. Sliding glass doors exhibit a floor-to-ceiling view of downtown. Fifty feet of chart mural work encircles the dining room, all of fantasy island charts.


TVA Architecture

Principals:
Robert L. Thompson
Mandy Butler
Tim Wybenga
Pam Saftler

Awards:
GSA National Design Honor Award for Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse,
BOMA International Campus of the Year Award,
Custom Home Magazine’s Grand Design Award

Address:
920 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1500, Portland, OR 97204

Contact:
503-220-0668
[email protected]

About TVA Architects

When design principal and FAIA Robert L. Thompson founded the firm in 1984, TVA’s studio was fueled with passion for the modernist style. This design niche is implemented in every project by Robert and fellow principals Mandy Butler, Tim Wybenga, and Pam Saftler, who are all seasoned experts in the industry. TVA Architects’ 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.

Featured Projects

LoveJoy Bakers is a beloved ground level, locally-run bakery and cafe located in Portland’s South Waterfront along the Willamette River. The TVA design team took inspiration from the shell building’s exterior palette and then utilized a similar wood finish for the interior ceiling treatment. This decision was implemented in order to visually enhance the small interior space of the café. Upon ordering, one will find a large wall of encaustic tile behind the menu wall. Oversized glass pendants increase a sense of visual curiosity for customers who are bound to at least glance over the wood and marble espresso bar. The kitchen is separated from the seating area by industrial glazing, and large glazed doors on its southern end open up to another spacious outdoor seating deck during the warm season.


Woofter Architecture

Principals:
Miles WoofterAddress:
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 228, Portland, OR 97214

About Woofter Architecture

Woofter Architecture is a collaborative design practice based in Portland that believes successful architecture requires environmentally sound and place-based responsiveness to time and culture. The firm has received both merit and sustainability awards from the AIA along with numerous awards for excellence, including some rather unique accolades like the Institutional Wood Design Winner and the 2013 WoodWorks National Wood Design Award. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Miles Woofter has practiced architecture for over 20 years, developing expertise in the design, documentation, and delivery of sustainable building projects primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Jonathan Bolch, another stalwart of the practice, also has over 20 years of experience as a registered architect in the state of Oregon. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Architecture at Portland State University.

Featured Projects

Although Woofter Architecture does a lot of design and architecture for educational centers, it would be a shame not to mention Higgins, a restaurant that has continually made Portland’s best bar and restaurant list while staying true to its original design. Its design and atmosphere help patrons remember what a city bar is actually for: a neutral, civilized, well-tended place to savor that little piece of time between one thing and the next. With a homey, wood-worn back bar, it’s easy to settle in and feel both cozy and urbane. One of the first farm-to-table restaurants to open in Portland in the early 1990s, Higgins has proven its staying power, and a lot of that is due to the work of Woofter Architecture and its classic, elegant, and timeless design.

The Best Interior Designers in Portland

Overview

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.

Top Designers

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Urban Elements

Designer:
Michael Newsom

Address:
6110 SW 90th Avenue, Portland, OR 97223

About Urban Elements

Michael Newsom, principal and designer of Urban Elements, specializes in exceeding expectations and providing clients with more than they thought they could afford. He implements fast and simple design and space planning strategies. In 1992, Newsom earned his degree from the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach, California, and he then relocated with his family to the Pacific Northwest. He quickly landed a job as an interior designer with Howard Hermanson Design until establishing his own firm. Newsom was recently featured in the top 15 Portland Interior Designers by BuildDirect. For those in the early stages of design process, or for those who want a change but don’t know where to begin, Urban Elements will come into your home and provide recommendations as a listening outsider with a trained eye. Urban Elements often teams up with local real estate agents to help prepare properties for listing.

Featured Projects

Urban Elements is a people’s firm. This is not to say that regular folk do not have a good eye, but Newsom is comfortable working with a variety of clients and their needs. Take the Bachelor Pad on Lake Vancouver. The project began from the ground up with a 1960s teardown. In touch with the clients personalities and desires (who were were well traveled and seeking an open, and eclectic European look, while also enjoying their local view), Newsom was able to use wood, stone, and dark colors to truly give it a “wow” flair. Another featured project was the rustic revival to modern. Working with a family who wanted to update their bungalow-style home and transform it into transitional design, Urban Elements mixed styles and colors and ended up with a kitchen with no holds barred and woodwork that was quite spectacular to behold.

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Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design

Designer:
Wendy O’Brien

Awards:
Serving Up Style Judges’ Choice Award,
Serving Up Style People’s Choice Award

Address:
2800 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97210

About Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design

Winner of the Judges Choice NW Natural Street of Dreams Design, Wendy O’Brien has also been featured in The Oregonian, The Home Builders News, Oregon Live, and Portrait Magazine on numerous occasions. With a degree from UCLA, she started her own company after realizing that her unique blend of gifts and passions would be an excellent addition to the design community. Lucky for us, she chose the Portland community. Wendy has a menagerie of experience in interior design, fashion, music, and visual art. Wendy believes, “For those seeking a stylish, innovative, and remarkable home that uniquely represents them… it’s time to consider your lifestyle, your likes, loves and inspirations as the guiding light toward a new living environment.” She has been a winner of both the Judge’s and People’s Choice Award in the “Serving up Style” competition.

Featured Projects

A newly constructed home in Lake Oswego appears Mediterranean at heart but is also balanced with the Northwest vernacular. Every detail of the home was designed by Wendy O’Brien, beginning with rich, warm tones to emit an old world and rustic flavor. Rock work and classic architectural details were incorporated into dark and stained, distressed oak floors. Natural stone tiles, hand-finished textures, and earth tone walls with accented espresso stains align the custom built-ins and stair railings. The finished product embodies the Pacific Northwest with passing dreams of the Italian countryside and Mediterranean Sea.

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Jenni Leasia Design

Designer:
Jenni Leasia

Address:
3339 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

About Jenni Leasia Design

Located in Portland, Oregon, Jenni Leasia Design primarily works on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, but also nationally. With 15 years of experience, the firm’s process concentrates on programming, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Design Management. The firm’s work ranges from large-scale, new custom builds and whole-house renovations to bath remodels and home furnishings projects. Focused on comfort, pleasure, and peaceful environments, which bring ease to the daily routine, budget and client satisfaction are always ensured with Jenni Leasia.

Featured Projects

A project in Hawthorne was in the Colonial Heights neighborhood in SE Portland. The existing kitchen was a dark cave, with no workspace and limited storage. Their goal was to connect the space to the living room at one end and the dining room at the other. After removing various walls, they also relocated a powder bath to an unobtrusive corner. The result is an open concept main living space, perfect for entertaining, sprawling on the sectional, and cooking. Another custom home redesigned by the firm is perched above the Willamette River in the historic Old Town neighborhood in Lake Oswego. With the clients desiring a sense of inviting coziness, the firm designed the interiors to reflect the neighborhood’s cottage architecture. The kitchen opens to the living room and great room, which expands seamlessly to a covered outdoor room with a wood-burning fireplace. Soft and neutral colors were chosen in order to emphasize the spectacular view seen from the windows.

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Kimberlee Jaynes

Designer:
Kimberlee Jaynes

Address:
Portland, OR

About Kimberlee Jaynes

With a background in fashion, art, and design, Kimberlee Jaynes has merged her many talents to create a firm that invents bold but simple interiors with both modern and traditional styles. After establishing her firm over a decade ago, her projects have spanned all over Oregon and Washington and have brought her to Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Stuttgart, Germany. Her award-winning designs have been published on the covers of reputable presses, including The Portrait of Portland Magazine. She’s been featured in the Home and Garden section of the Oregonian, as well as in Oregon Home Magazine. Jaynes is a finalist in the Residential Interiors category of the Benjamin Moore HUE awards and is an associate member of the Northwest Society of Interior Designers.

Featured Projects

The Lake Oswego project is a home with an already built-in amazing view, but when Kimberlee Jaynes arrived, it was clearly in need of a remodel. Kimberlee was able to take the entryway and completely make it over inside and out, including relocating the stairway. The living room has low ceilings, so “to fool the eye I had the ceilings painted in the same color as the walls but in a high gloss sheen. Now the outdoors is reflected inside!” The fireplace was also newly designed and became a focal point, rather than the TV and audio, which was moved behind closed doors. The master bath saw a feminine retouch with a freestanding tub, placed for the perfect window view and lighting. The second bath hosts a honey onyx vessel sink and is minimalist yet classically, and decidedly masculine.

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Angela Todd Designs

Designer:
Angela Todd

Address:
7505 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215

About Angela Todd Designs

Looking for a full-service, boutique interior design house in Portland, Oregon? You might recognize Angela Todd Designs’ award-winning work, which has appeared in a variety of shows and recognized media outlets, including Oregon Home, Lake Oswego Review, Better TV, Better Living Show, The Oregonian, NW Natural Street of Dreams, and News Radio KXL. Angela Todd is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and an active participant with the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, where she served for two years on the local board of directors of the HBA. A unique case, she is the sole interior designer to ever be voted in by general membership. She is also a part of the Portland Remodelers Organization, which has given her contact to the most experienced general contractors in the Northwest. Extremely detail-oriented, Angela Todd Designs provides myriad visual tools and relevant questions during client consultation in order to prepare concepts that are always fine tuned.

Featured Projects

Todd got creative and recently remodeled a fourth bedroom in Southwest Portland, converting it to a master suite. This bedroom was previously under-utilized, mostly for the purposes of additional closet storage. ATD created a master bathroom that aligned with the style of this Mid-century influenced ranch, but with some additional flair, like an extra vanity, an expansive shower, toiletry and appliance storage, and heated floors. All this was done on a budget. In another project in the Pearl District, Todd was one of seven designers chosen to contribute to the HBA’s hosting of the Street of Dreams. ATD’s design focused on unexpected line and color combinations, along with cosmetic reconstruction of the fireplace, mosaic tile renovations in the kitchen, and custom artistry finishes along the walls. The project won the People’s Choice Award for Best Master Suite at the Northwest Natural Street of Dreams.

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Pangaea

Designer:
Pangaea

Awards:
HBA Remodeling Excellence Award

Address:
412 NW Couch Street #224, Portland, OR 97209

About Pangaea

Pangaea Interior Design focuses on creating custom solutions with an emphasis on functionality and beauty. The HBA remodeling Excellence award was bestowed upon the company both in 2014 and 2015. Pangaea is comfortable working with a variety of clients’ needs. Whether that means adding square footage, ameliorating a home’s lighting, reconfiguring a house layout, or even doing cosmetic updates, they are driven to come up with inventive solutions for each specific project. Their approach has goals for each area of the home: their kitchen designs tend to center around effective work zones, efficiency, and flexibility, all while maintaining heart. Typically, their bathroom designs are drawn to enhance one’s emotional relationship to morning routine while also providing a relaxing and restful space for unwinding.

Featured Projects

One will find many of the top interior designers working on residential projects in the Southwest hills of Portland. One featured project of Pangaea’s is a spacious, transitional kitchen. Incorporating modern function, the design was still able to keep and enhance the classic look, featuring soft white Shaker-style cabinetry with a contrasting island. Additionally, there is a second prep area with medium-stained display cabinets, which were custom designed with rift cut oak, run on a horizontal grain. This all came with cutting out the cabinets, which obstructed the panoramic view — a major selling point of living in the West hills. A hidden pantry, specialized pull-outs, and Sub-Zero Wolf appliances were added for luxury and clean appearances. Another featured project is the penthouse in Portland’s artsy and walkable Pearl District. With another spectacular view of the city, this project was designed to create a modern space that featured the client’s art collection. Pangaea chose low-slung, sleek, European-made pieces from B&B Italia, Minotti, and Roche Bobois and was then crafty enough to blend these with locally made furniture pieces of their own design. Also originally designed by Pangaea were the added lush, silver-gray, hand-knotted, wool and silk rugs. A raised bar was added to allow visual differentiation between the kitchen and dining area. Again designed by Pangaea was an entryway bench made of three small upholstered ottomans, fitted with a wood base of ash color. Similarly, the dining chairs were not only tasteful and modern, but also easy to move to arrange in different ways, either for dining or sitting.

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Garrison Hullinger

Designer:
Garrison Hullinger

Awards:
ASID Design Excellence Awards

Address:
506 SW 6th Avenue, Fifth Floor, Portland, OR 97204

About Garrison Hullinger

Garrison is the principal designer and owner of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. His work is featured on the Luxe Gold List, and he was recently named a 2017 fixr Top 200 Influencer of Home Design and Industry. Garrison was once a project manager at Gap Inc., but he changed the course of his career when he began taking on remodelling projects. Eleven years later, he launched his own firm. Garrison is well known for his contemporary designs; he works with the residential interior architecture, including design, finish specification, presentations, and project management. He brings a thorough understanding of form, color, and construction. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Embark Magazine, and Portrait Of Portland.

Featured Projects

Built in a stylish suburb community just south of Portland, Lake Oswego is a perfect place for Garrison Hullinger’s 4200-square-foot, shingle-style home: the Berwick House. The clients who requested this design wanted a home that embodied a Northwest lifestyle and that would also be bountiful in space and roominess for visiting guests to gather and stay. The project was semi-challenging due to the community’s numerous zoning and planning requirements, on top of keeping with the clients’ vision. However, GH created large- and open-vaulted spaces on both the first and second floors, which made it possible to build and design spaciousness and beauty, all while aligning with the aesthetics of this upscale neighborhood. The majority of the house is painted a soft and creamy wood color with a white trim, which gives it a look of modern organization and cleanness all while fitting into the natural landscape and giving off a warm and classical gaze.

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Ida York Design

Designer:
Ida York

Awards:
Serving Up Style Award

Address:
601 1st Street, Suite B, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

About Ida York Design

Another name on Build Direct’s Top 15 Interior Designers, Ida York Design Group is an award-winning interior design firm based in Portland, Oregon. Ida is the principal designer at IYDG. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Interior Architecture & Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Ida has been designing interior spaces since 2006 but began company in 2009, which eventually became incorporated. Since then, York’s design work has been featured in a number of business journals and other reputable publications, such as Elle Décor, Interior Design, and Alaska Airline magazine. Ida York Design Group primarily specializes in large-scale remodels, new construction, and furnishings. The firm’s style emphasis centers on tasteful elegance blended with functional solution.

Featured Projects

Located in the beautiful West Hills of Portland, the Summit Drive first-floor renovation was a true wonder. First, the entire first floor saw the installation of new hardware. Without having to majorly remodel the entire kitchen, the finished and glazed hardware, along with the refinished cabinetry, provided a fresh look. Also added was a new tile backsplash by Ann Sacks and Pratt and Larson. In the dining room, they were able to keep the existing furniture but finished off the windows with custom treatments. New finishes and fixtures were put in the powder room, including redone wallpaper, wainscoting, plumbing, and bonus accessories. Finally, the new living room concept added a desk space to the area, so as not to separate the computer user from the rest of the living area. The interwoven fabrics and textures of the room tied the space together for its final continuity.

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Donna DuFresne

Designer:
Donna DuFresne

Awards:
Northwest Design Awards for Best Individual Room

Address:
1010 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

About Donna DuFresne

Donna DuFresne’s design work features uniquely attractive, livable interiors. She excels in balancing individual and eclectic preferences with the practical needs of everyday living, and all with a bit of zest. Donna completed formal training at the Design Institute of San Diego and eventually joined Warren Sheets Design of Beverly Hills. Her own work in Portland began in 1995, where she concentrated on both large and small residential and commercial projects. Now DuFresne even designs and manages the production of custom-built furniture for clients. Among her awards is second place for Best Individual Room – Traditional at the 14th annual Northwest Design Awards.

Featured Projects

Located in the classic Alameda neighborhood, this project took a lovely Portland home in need of an update that matched the active, young family who occupied the house. As the client was seeking a stylish, calming interior that was also livable and durable with children and pets, DuFresne designed a sofa and settee by means of a local manufacturer and was able to use high-performance fabrics stylized with elegance. In another project, their newest kitchen renovation in Portland, they were able to accomplish the feeling of a complete renovation, all while on a modest budget of $30k. Keeping the original floor plan and carefully selecting original elements of the space, they then utilized ceiling height subway tile as backsplash and integrated all new cabinets, shelving, fixtures, and appliances. The deep gray selected for the cabinetry, set against the shine of the stainless steel, gives it an airy yet grounded renewal.

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Jessica Helgerson

Designer:
Jessica Helgerson

Address:
112 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

About Jessica Helgerson

With work featured in The New York Times, Gray Magazine, Contract Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Casa Vogue (to name a few), you may recognize the work of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. And even if not, you won’t forget it once you’ve seen it. Helgerson herself has lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, and France. Her life in Europe and her travels in India, Mexico, Morocco, and the Far East have strongly influenced her work. The overall design group has expertise and experience that is applicable to the many types of projects they complete, both their small residential and larger renovation work. Helgerson has been a NW Design Award finalist and an Interior Design Best of the Year Award finalist.

Featured Projects

Featured in Gray Magazine and Architectural Digest, the expansion of the 1920s Portland home senior designed by Chelsi Lee is real beauty. The house now has an additional fourth bedroom on the second floor, and they converted basement and attic into livable spaces. The kitchen was relocated to the back of the house, a bit closer to the garden, which now houses a steel washed window that lets in light. Custom pickets were designed for the stairs, which were also reconfigured to access the attic and basement. The integrity of the house’s history is upheld with new soft and muted colors, which blend nicely with the newly chosen furnishings that have an element of youthfulness and modernity. If you have not already seen it in the Martha Stewart magazine, the tiny house located a few miles outside of Portland on Sauvie Island does a great job of making the most of space. With one “great room” (the kitchen, dining room, and living room), it still feels spacious with large and cozy built-in sofas that cross function as twin beds for guests. The ceiling was opened up in the main space, but the bathroom and bedroom have lower ceilings in order to accommodate the sleeping loft above, made accessible by a ladder made of walnut wood.