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Catch us at Design Week Portland!

The 8th annual Design Week Portland is next week, and again this year you can find our thinkers and designers in the mix of fantastic exhibits, discussions, parties and open houses across town. We hope to see you at the following events, so register now, before they fill up. And don’t forget to tag us @seraarchitects! […]

SERA Helps Public See Possibilities for Jantzen Beach Carousel

On Monday, SERA joined Restore Oregon for the public unveiling of a new urban concept for the historic Jantzen Beach Carousel. A series of renderings created by SERA staffers Sean Bolden, Brian Stevens and Steven Ehlbeck show how the carousel — one of the largest surviving examples from the golden age of carousels — can […]

My Five Points of Process, Inspired by JFHQ

Throughout my journey through design and construction of the Oregon Military Department’s Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ), I discovered several key points along the way that made the project successful. A play on Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture, I created my own Five Points that are directly related to my personal creative process, and can be […]

New & Improved EMU Named Students’ Favorite Place

University of Oregon students picked the Erb Memorial Union as the No. 1 place they feel belonging on campus, and shed light on their favorite spaces in the newly-updated student union building. The findings are in a study by the university’s Office of Assessment and Research, conducted to gauge how students feel they fit in within […]

Our Top 10 Most Sustainable Actions.. Plus One

Every year at SERA, we have an internal event to celebrate the efforts we take to make a more sustainable world. And over the years, we have had some very ambitious projects deliver on their sustainability goals such as EGWW, the Erb Memorial Union, Savier Street Flats and many others. But in celebrating our sustainability efforts […]

Topped out! Another Seismic Retrofit in Washington County Takes Shape

Last week we celebrated the topping out of the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building (PSB) in Washington County, marking the completion of exterior shear walls on the building’s north wing. It has almost been a year since construction started on the PSB, and two years since design wrapped up – a truly celebratory occasion […]

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 […]

Braced for Safety: Washington County’s Law Enforcement Center

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 […]

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 […]

Building a sleeping pod at the Portland Art Museum

Late last year, a team of volunteers at SERA unveiled a designed-and-built sleeping pod as part of a larger effort to address homelessness in the city. This year, SERA accepted second challenge – this time designing a pod with a focus on simplified assembly and replication. On August 20, the pod will be built live for […]