Blog

SERA Architects Expands Presence in the Bay Area

Clark Brockman, Principal with SERA Architects, is moving to Silicon Valley to begin the process of establishing a SERA branch office there, supporting the firm’s growing body of work in the Bay Area. SERA is currently beginning to recruit new staff members to work in a Silicon Valley office. Job openings are currently advertised on […]

Edith Green: Combining Sustainability with Award-Winning Design

Last year, doors reopened at the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal building (EGWW) following an extensive redesign to bring efficiency, light and life back into the 40-year-old office tower. On Friday, at AIA Portland’s award celebration, the chapter recognized the building with both a Merit award for design and the 2030 Challenge Design Award for sustainability in the […]

Project Spotlight: Burnside 26

Burnside 26 is located in the heart of Portland’s thriving eastside dining and imbibing hotspots. Within four blocks of this SERA project, patrons at Ken’s Artisan Pizza or Screen Door can be found lining up outside for a table. And it’s not for lack of competition – the other 62 restaurants in the small radius […]

Wading in the Willamette this Design Week

Thanks to our panelists and everyone who came and shared their vision at our Design Week Portland discussion, Wishing for a Wonderful Waterfront. It was a hit! We’ll be presenting an analysis of the night’s forum here shortly, so stay tuned! Until then, check out photos from our event on Facebook.

Help Us Design a Wonderful Waterfront

SERA Architects is opening its doors during Design Week Portland to ask the question, “What does a wonderful waterfront look like to you?” Like many Portlanders, we admire the Willamette – it’s the physical and emotional heart of Portland. And we feel lucky to have Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a strong model of urban walkability, […]

A Story of Regeneration

SERA’s own Kyle Emery recently presented at the AIA Oregon Design Conference. In a refreshing departure from architectural rhetoric, Kyle shared a personal experience about finding value where you least expect it. Worthy of noting is that his story was presented “The Moth” style, i.e. without any devices or reading. Check out Kyle’s complete story […]

Celebrating Our Sustainable Action by Enhancing Livability

As the thermometer jumps around between the 50 and 90 degree range, the sky fluctuates between skin frying warmth and dress drenching deluges, our minds begin to transcend our daily experiences and think forward to the summer, planning out all of the expeditions we’ll undertake.  It’s at this time of year that SERA puts together […]

Ecodistricts: Developing sustainable systems at scales that makes sense

Have you ever wondered how (and when) the energy, waste and water systems in our cities were built? Like the growth of cities, the systems that support our urban lives have evolved incrementally over time. Together they make up a patchwork of infrastructure that is sometimes arbitrary and can be quite inefficient. Applying the principles […]

The 1% Solution: Revamping the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

By Gauri Rajbaidya Back in 2010, I performed a musical piece to open the discussion on Arts and Culture in Portland as part of the City’s Portland Plan process. This is where I first met Michael Walsh, the Executive Director of Multnomah Arts Center Association. That particular event was at the Gerding Theater, an old […]