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SCUP Honors OSU Cascades Plan

by | April 13, 2018 0 Urban Design + Planning

This week, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) recognized our project, the Oregon State University Cascades Long Range Development Plan with the 2018 Honor Award of Excellence in Planning for a New Campus. The SCUP Excellence Awards program is a national “juried competition that showcases how using strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, […]

We’ve got (PAID) Internships!

by | April 10, 2018 0 SERA General

This summer in Portland, we’re excited to offer two internships to current architecture and urban design and planning students! Bring your unique perspective to real projects at every phase of the design process and collaborate with our design professionals in a vibrant studio culture. Apply now! Why intern at SERA this summer? Enriching experiences! SERA’s […]

Housing the Houseless: Lessons Learned from our PlyPAD

SERA’s PlyPAD has finally been installed in Kenton Women’s Village! This unique, pro-bono project sought to create an affordable, easily-replicable shelter using CNC-milled plywood. It is now the fifteenth tiny home for a formerly houseless woman, just steps away from SERA’s original POD home. The PlyPAD is a small project with a layered history: after […]

Architects Without Borders Critique Session

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 28th — Architects Without Borders Oregon will be presenting a schematic design for the School for Deaf Children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Critique Session: School for Deaf Children Four of this project’s fourteen volunteers are SERA employees, and include Fearn Smith, John Heinen, Brian Stevens and Nathan Korol. We’ll be giving […]

Braced for Safety: Washington County’s Law Enforcement Center

by | March 14, 2018 3 Architecture, Innovations

Yesterday, Washington County officials cut a ribbon to mark the completion of structural seismic upgrades to the Law Enforcement Center at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office & Jail! SERA was hired to design the structural approach with KPFF Consulting Engineers in December 2015. Although the building is only 22 years old, analysis and advancement in […]

SERA Welcomes Eight to Principal Group

by | March 7, 2018 0 SERA General

In our 50th year as a firm, SERA has grown its expertise across diverse markets. The foundation of which is our staff, who are focused on clients, serving our community, and creating long-lasting places for people. Our leadership represents a dedication to the firm, our shared values, and a vision for our next 50 years. […]

Implementing Biophilic Design at Living Future unConference

Join SERA this May for Living Future’s unConference, where we’ll be presenting “Biophilia – from Theory to Culture to Action.” In an ongoing, grassroots effort at SERA, our staff is exploring biophilic design – simply put, how environments with natural characteristics impact health and wellbeing – and how it can enrich projects, support cultural values, […]

Anyone Can Design in Virtual Reality

In the Pixar movie Ratatouille, Chef Gusteau’s motto was “Anyone can cook.” Food critic Anton Ego initially viewed that sentiment with disdain but eventually came to the conclusion that “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” In the architectural world, there are a number of barriers preventing […]