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Design discussions: Creating active public spaces

At SERA, a group of staff passionate about design created Design Interest Group Integrated Thursdays (DIG IT for the acronym-lovers in us) to strengthen our dialogue about how design fits into our practice. At each event, staff is presented with a topic, given background, and asked to create a well-designed experience that addresses the topic’s […]

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Small home, big lessons: What I learned from my ADU

If you’re like me and don’t know the difference between a fun hobby and just more hard work, then you might be interested in building yourself what is called an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). An ADU is essentially a small home in your backyard that is just small enough to seem like a project any […]

Architecture Without Architects

Since I was 14 years old, I’ve been fascinated by travel and design. Therefore, when I started to study urban design and planning, I wanted to participate in design projects around the world. I’ve travelled to developing countries like India, Peru, Turkey, China and Brazil — and this is when I first learned about “architecture without […]

The Art of Sketching at SERA

Earlier this year, SERA hosted its second employee-led sketching series. As co-instructor Jeff Roberts explained it, “Our goals were to engage staff across each of our studios, to help them improve how they convey design solutions, and to get outside and have fun.” Each class in the series built on lessons of the prior, requiring ‘students’ […]

Bike Commute Challenged.

Note: Next week, SERA Architects will join workplaces across the region for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Bike Commute Challenge. A symbol of our dedication to sustainability, the challenge to bike to work every day is often a motivator for new and recreational cyclists to try commuting for the first time. For some, it’s the discovery of a new passion.  Biking for […]

The 2015 Sustainable Action Celebration: Transformation

Every year around Earth Day, SERA invites staff, clients and partners to explore our commitment to sustainability over the last year, and to see how we can make advances in our industry. The Sustainable Action Celebration is a SERA tradition in its ninth year, spurred by an extensive backcasting of the firm that underscored sustainability as a chief tenet behind our business policies, practices […]

Competition Drives SERA to Net Positive

Last month, a team at SERA finished the design of an apartment building that produces more energy than it requires. By using existing technology in an innovative way, they’ve created a model for future development they call Flourish. With all the hallmarks of a big firm project, Flourish is actually a submission for Architecture at Zero, an […]

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.

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 […]