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Recycling – Are we Doing It Wrong?

With a photo of a blue recycling bucket on it, a recent cover of Willamette Week tells us “You’re Doing It Wrong.” The story reiterates what we already know: Portlanders are very enthusiastic recyclers. Unfortunately, “a large percentage of what Portlanders throw in their bins is actually garbage.” And as a result, “the chief buyer […]

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 […]

We’ve got (PAID) Internships!

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 […]

SERA Welcomes Eight to Principal Group

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. […]

SERA welcomes David Johnson as leader of Bay Area presence

For nearly a decade, SERA has been a trusted planning, architectural and interior design presence in the Bay Area, working with long-term clients such as Google and LinkedIn on innovative, large-scale projects. This work — and our vision for a more resilient Bay Area — led to the creation of our first-ever second office in […]

Support ROSE CDC through this year’s Give!Guide

This year, we’re excited to partner with ROSE Community Development for Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. Give!Guide makes donating to outstanding Portland nonprofits simple – with plenty of great perks for donors! SERA shares ROSE’s mission to revitalize outer Southeast Portland through the development of homes and economic opportunities. Just this month, SERA and O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders […]

SERA-designed piano finds home at The Dougy Center

Earlier this summer a group of SERA volunteers made-over a piano bound for the junkyard for the program Piano.Push.Play. Our piano and eight others were stationed throughout the city all summer for the public to enjoy. Now that summer’s over, we’re happy to hear that our piano has found a permanent home at The Dougy […]