Insights

SERA’s Tim Smith Awarded FAICP Fellowship

We at SERA are thrilled to congratulate Tim Smith for achieving the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows. AICP is Planning’s national authority for certification in the US, and their College of Fellows includes professionals who have not only done great project work, […]

SERA Celebrates New Leaders in Portland and Oakland!

SERA’s Principal group held a celebratory toast last week to announce 21 promotions at an array of levels across the firm. The promotions included five Associates, 10 Senior Associates, three Principals, and three newly created positions. The event was SERA’s first major in-person gathering since the onset of the pandemic, with live celebrations in both […]

Q&A With Natasha Koiv: Principal for 36 Years, Retiring in 2022

Natasha Koiv, a Principal in SERA’s Portland office, recently announced her retirement after nearly 36 years with the firm. Natasha began her career as a member of the interiors team. After about 15 years, she made a move to SERA’s public practice, and then about eight years ago, she transitioned to become SERA’s director of […]

Raleigh Slabtown Honored with 2021 AIA Oregon Award

Last week, AIA Oregon’s Oregon Architecture Awards recognized our Raleigh Slabtown project with a Citation Award in the Residential Architecture category. This year’s jurors said they were impressed not only by the structure overall, but by the way our team integrated the outside with the unique and luxe interiors. We’re honored! Raleigh Slabtown was designed […]

Previewing SERA’s New Galleria Headquarters (with Renderings!)

Earlier this year, we announced our lease of the top floor of Galleria as our new Portland headquarters. With the design of our future office fully underway, we opened the doors this week to give staff a peek into the impressive space before construction crews set to work! The 37,000-square-foot, uninterrupted floorplate of the fifth […]

Back to the Future: How We Chose a Longtime Project as Our New Portland HQ

How does a design firm choose a new building? It’s the same challenge that faces any company, with the added wrinkle that, whereas another business might hire a project manager or designer to help them weed through the possibilities, understand their own needs clearly, and identify their best option, we’re our own consultant for that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]