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How Are We Doing? SERA’s JUST Label Lets Us Know

In a little bit of sleuthing on our website, you’ll find that “SERA is committed to a greater level of employee engagement and entrepreneurial involvement than is customarily found in an architectural firm.” If you’re the kind of person who says, “OK, that sounds interesting, but can you give me an example?” then this blog […]

Alpine Avenue Streetscape Receives ASLA Honor

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded McMinnville, Oregon’s new festival street top honors on Friday. The joint project by SERA and HDR received a Transportation award for transforming five city blocks along Alpine Avenue in 2018. Since 1885, Alpine Avenue has served as a semi-improved access road to the Historic […]

Biophilia Gains Focus at CBE

We recently had the fortune of attending the Center for the Built Environment’s Industry Advisory Board Meeting, joining in conversations we’re simultaneously having at SERA about biophilic design. CBE researches how innovations in energy and indoor environment will transform the building industry, and is based at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with an exciting […]

Beats, Rhymes and Design: How Hip Hop Architecture Seeks to Diversify the Industry

This year, a few SERA employees volunteered for Portland’s Hip Hop Architecture Camp – a weeklong, intensive experience designed by Michael Ford to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. The camp happens around the country, and this year we were fortunate […]

Find Us This October!

The days may be getting shorter, but that’s not stopping our staff from making the rounds! Catch us at these great events in Oregon and California throughout the month. We hope to see you out! Oct. 10 | Oakland SERA’s Margo Rettig is presenting at New Building Institute’s Getting to Zero Forum on “Strategies and Synergies: […]

Diversity in Design Finds Platform at Design Week Portland

“Everybody was really eager to listen to each other’s stories.” As part of Design Week Portland, SERA’s Gauri Rajbaidya and Travis Dang participated in Diversity in Design: Storytelling Mixer. This was the group’s first public event, and it sold out. “This topic of diversity and people of color trying to find each other and find […]

SERA Announces New Principal and Associates

SERA’s Principal group has promoted Mark Perepelitza to Principal, and 23 others to Associate. Seven additional staff members were honored with the newly-created leadership title Senior Associate. As Director of Sustainability, Mark Perepelitza guides SERA’s overarching sustainability goals and collaborates with project teams on implementation and results tracking. Managing Principal Joe Pinzone commended Perepelitza for […]

Here’s to 50 Years!

We’re celebrating turning 50 with a series of blog entries by leadership! For starters, retired Principal Don Eggleston writes about creating SERA with ‘big thinker’ Bing Sheldon in “On Bing, Founding SERA and 50 Years.” In “5 Lessons for 50 Years,” our Principals reflect on the business practices and leadership styles that got us to […]

SCUP Honors OSU Cascades Plan

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!

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 […]