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Portland Architecture 2015-03-27 19:20:28
St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton (photo by Benjamin Benschneider) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently Portland firm ZGF Architects was selected by Healthcare Design magazine as the 2015 Organization of the Year for ?advancing the industry through inpatient and outpatient facility and research laboratory projects in the U.S. and beyond.? The firm has designed hospitals and other treatment centers around the nation, be it for the Dana-Farber …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-23 18:19:54
Memorial Coliseum (photo by Julius Shulman, courtesy J. Paul Getty Trust) BY BRIAN LIBBY Most of the numbers from a sweeping study that Portland's City Council commissioned on Veterans Memorial Coliseum have not been released yet: not the market analysis that would estimate future bookings after a restoration, for example, or the cost of demolition. But after requests from The Oregonian, last week …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-20 18:02:37
Feldman/Milford house (all photos by Grant Harder for Dwell) BY BRIAN LIBBY In a recent issue of Dwell magazine, I had the chance to write about and share the work of one of my favorite Portland architects, Saul Zaik, upon the renovation of one of his greatest designs, the circa-1956 Feldman House in southwest Portland's Garden Home neighborhood. One of the last remaining …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-15 23:01:23
Interior designer Andee Hess (image courtesy Osmose Design) BY BRIAN LIBBY AIA Historic Resource Committee Surround Architects and Naito Properties will make a presentation about the Grove Hotel Redevelopment at Fourth and Burnside, for which the team was chosen by the Portland Development Commission. AIA Center for Archtiecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Free. Portland Interior Designer Spotlight Yours truly is the …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-13 20:15:47
Michael Graves being interviewed in Portland, October 2014 (photo by Brian Libby) BRIAN LIBBY In the late 1970s and early '80s, Portland was in the midst of an identity crisis and the beginning of a transformation. And Michael Graves, the renowned architect who died yesterday at 80, helped share that transformation with the world. If his landmark Portland Building would turn out to …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-10 21:19:20
Thomas Hacker (left) and Randy Gragg in conversation (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last week Thomas Hacker, founder of Portland firm THA Architecture, joined host Randy Gragg for a talk at the Watzek House about his decades-long career, as part of the University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architectural Study's Conversations at the Watzek House series. Hacker was both taught and …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-06 22:05:47
An atrium inside PNCA (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY A few nights ago, I happened to attend a talk with architect Thomas Hacker (founder of THA Architecture), in which he talked about how unlike Eugene, where he had taught at the University of Oregon, Portland, where he eventually made his name as an architect, has ?an amazing civic sensibility, and …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-03 17:54:29
Apartments near SE 16th and Hawthorne (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Citizen Architects: Ethics, Education and the Construction of a Profession The Portland State University School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design welcomes University of California at Berkeley instructor and Ph.D. candidate Anna Goodman for a talk focusing on twentieth-century America and how educators have used "community design-build" to connect …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-25 20:38:36
St. Edward Church (all photos by George King) BY BRIAN LIBBY Continuing our new Portfolio series presenting images of local firms' projects in and outside of Portland, we come to the St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer, Oregon, about 35 miles south of Portland, designed by DiLoreto Architecture. The 12,000 square foot project was designed to accommodate 600 worshipers. It was conceived "as …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-20 18:38:48
The A.E. Doyle-designed Oregon Mutual building, McMinnville (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY It is officially known as Senate Bill 565, and while it's not as high-profile an issue as the recent resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber, rarely has Salem had such a big chance to impact Oregon's built environment, its architectural heritage, and small-town economies. The Revitalize Main Street Act, as SB …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-16 21:16:45
The NRDC's Shelley Poticha (image courtesy University of Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY Nico Larco - Sustainable Urban Design: A Framework While sustainable urban design has been developed and richly debated in the last few decades, it is still largely a disparate subject covering a broad range of disciplines and scales. Much of the discussion regarding sustainable urban design has either focused on narrow …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-12 22:18:49
Karuna House (all photos by Jeremy Bittermann) BY BRIAN LIBBY In a recent Gray magazine article, I had the chance to talk with the designers and builders of Karuna House by Holst Architecture. Located on a hillside overlooking the Willamette Valley between Newberg and Sherwood, it is the first project in the world to meet three stringent green building rating systems at the …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-10 20:28:01
Gene Sandoval (image courtesy ZGF) BY LUKE AREHART Our series on local architects' careers and inspirations continues with Eugene Sandoval, a partner at one of Portland's most prominent firms: ZGF. Over the past decade-plus, Sandoval has played a key role in many of the firm's most acclaimed projects, including the Jaqua Academic Center and the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex at the University of Oregon in Eugene, …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-06 21:07:19
Akeny Lofts (images courtesy KuDa Photography) BY BRIAN LIBBY This post begins a new series on Portland Architecture called Portfolio in which we offer a collection of images from a project either recently completed, a project in the works, or a collection of projects by one firm or architect. We debut with the Ankeny Lofts by Colab Architecture + Urban Design, which is actually …


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Portland Architecture 2015-02-01 21:09:02
Willamette River and Steel Bridge (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY James Tice: Mapping Rome James Tice, a professor in the University of Oregon Department of Architecture, specializes in the cartography and urban history of Rome. His Interactive Nolli Map and Giuseppe Vasi?s Grand Tour of Rome were conceived as a resource for students and scholars but have mushroomed into an international phenomenon. In this talk, he'll …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-28 18:10:02
Rendering of proposed Fourth Avenue mini-park (image courtesy PSU) BY BRIAN LIBBY If students from Portland State University's School of Architecture are successful in a fundraising campaign that concludes in a few days, downtown Portland may be getting something it could really use: seating for food-cart pods. A student-designed mini-park (or park let, as it's commonly known), occupying a succession of curbside parking …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-22 23:06:58
Atrium of Schnitzer Center for Art & Design (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY The students and professors have not yet moved in. No art projects line the walls, and hard hats are still required. But the opening of the Pacific Northwest College of Art's new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is just a couple of weeks away, …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-20 22:58:01
WSU Veterinary & Biomedical Research Building (image courtesy SRG) BY BRIAN LIBBY This is a continuation of my discussion with SRG Partnership founding partner John Schleuning, FAIA, who recently received the received the 2014 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects' Northwest & Pacific Region. From historic preservation to master planning, architecture to professional leadership, Schleuning has over the past four decades helped make …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-15 19:24:49
Jon Schleuning (image courtesy SRG Partnership) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last fall, SRG Partnership co-founder Jon Schleuning received the 2014 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects' Northwest & Pacific Region, awarded to architects who have demonstrated excellence in design, architectural education, or service to the profession while promoting public understanding of architects and architecture. Founded in 1972, SRG Partnership has distinguished itself …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-08 19:22:13
Centennial Mills (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently I wrote a CityLab article called "Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?" about the efforts of Portland developer Jordan Schnitzer and his company, Harsh, to renovate the historic but badly decayed Centennial Mills along the west edge of the Willamette River north of downtown into a vibrant mixed-use destination. "Walking through …


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