Insights

VIDEO: Creating a New Riverfront Neighborhood in Eugene

My own involvement in Eugene’s waterfront redevelopment began down in the weeds over the summer in 2018. I first viewed the roughly dozen-acre plot that summer while biking around the city. When I stumbled upon the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) site by happenstance, I found just that – a rumple of cracked asphalt […]

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 […]

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 […]

Housing Projections from the 2019 MFE Conference

Last week, I attended the Multifamily Executive Conference with Veronica Hinkley Reck, SERA’s new Director of Housing in California. We heard from many of the multi-family housing industry’s leaders – from bankers, fund managers, property developers and operators, and architects. There was both good and concerning news, but the bottom line is that housing is […]

Climate Restoration and Our Obligation to Act

Last week I had the pleasure of joining climate researchers and advocates across the country at the UN’s Global Climate Restoration Forum in New York City, where the question was asked, “What is our plan to ensure a vibrant future for future generations?” First, what exactly is “climate restoration?” Climate Restoration means removing a trillion tons […]

Highlights from the 2019 unConference

The Living Future’s unConference was held this year in Seattle, a beautiful, amazing place – thriving and struggling. It is the convergence of a gorgeous natural environment, urban topography, of tech giants and homelessness, food, culture, coffee and so much more. In many ways it was the perfect setting to explore the topics of the […]

Moving Forward with Nature at Living Future

For the past several years, SERA has undertaken a firm-wide initiative exploring what it means to create places that connect people with nature, known in our field as Biophilic Design. This year I had the opportunity to head up to Seattle for the Biophilic Design Summit, held by the International Living Future Institute. It was […]

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 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 […]