Insights

Honoring Indigenous People’s Day

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, we want to recognize and show our respect for Native People that have understood for generations how to live in harmony with the land, water and all other living things. SERA has learned so much about tribal culture and world views from working with the Affiliated Tribes […]

Combating Climate Change: A Study of Embodied Carbon

The design and construction industry has spent two decades promoting net-zero energy buildings by combining operational energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy generation, but now the goalposts are shifting.  There is a growing awareness that buildings generate massive amounts of carbon through “embodied carbon” emissions during construction, creating huge spikes in carbon emissions and undercutting […]

Henry Building Receives Oregon’s Top Honor for Reuse and Revitalization

Historically significant, seismically upgraded building houses some of Portland’s most vulnerable populations The newly renovated and seismically upgraded Henry Building in downtown Portland is among 11 historic projects across Oregon to receive a 2021 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation! The 112-year-old Henry Building presented a variety of challenges for the client Central City […]

Tackling the Low-Rise LA Design Competition

The American Dream of single-family homeownership is growing increasingly inaccessible. To explore new paths to affordable homeownership, the City of Los Angeles’ Chief Design Officer and the Mayor’s Office created the Low-Rise LA design competition to promote housing affordability, paths to homeownership and innovative models of sustainable residential architecture. With a growing housing portfolio in […]

Our Greatest Rooftop Decks — Ranked!

Inspired by Archinect’s recent list, “10 Green Rooftop Spaces We Liked This Week,” for which one of our projects claimed a spot, we looked back at some of our own favorite rooftop spaces from projects past. And what better timing? Summer is here and the spotlight — err, sunlight! — is on all the great […]

Chapel Renovation Wins Palladio Craftsmanship Award

For two decades, the national Palladio Awards has recognized traditional design that enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment. Our team’s renovation of Providence Academy sought to do just that when taking on the project in 2019. On Monday, Traditional Building Magazine announced this year’s winners, recognizing the Providence Academy Chapel with […]

SERA Welcomes Senior Workplace Leader Pierre Barral

Approaching nearly a decade of advancing sustainable design in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, SERA is excited to meet the challenges of the post-Covid workplace with the hiring of Pierre Barral. Bringing more than 15 years of design experience, Barral joins our Oakland team to champion growth and development of our Workplace practice in […]

SERA to Design Mass-Timber Affordable Housing in San Jose

We’re excited to announce that the nonprofit housing group First Community Housing has selected SERA and our partners Lendlease to design and build their most ambitious affordable housing project to date: a 365-unit LEED-Platinum development near the San Jose Diridon Station. Named McEvoy Apartments, the project will be built using an innovative mass timber frame […]

Q&A with SERA Designer and 2020 SEED Award Winner Lindsey Naganuma

For her capstone university project, SERA designer Lindsey Naganuma collaborated on a library concept for Portland’s Cully neighborhood — one that builds community, celebrates diverse identities, and challenges how residents learn and share information. Her conceptual design is now a 2020 SEED Award winner, recognized by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the NAACP, […]

Hyatt Centric Named Best in Hotels by IIDA Oregon

Last week, the IIDA Oregon chapter awarded the Hyatt Centric Portland top honors by naming it the Best in Hotels at the 2020 Design Excellence Awards celebration! Held virtually this year, the event recognized projects and professionals enhancing interior design across the state. Also: IIDA Oregon Recognizes Emerging Professional Laura Kienlen SERA designed the Hyatt […]