Insights

Collaborative Climate Solutions Start with Carbon Benchmarking

by | December 16, 2021 0 Ideas, Sustainability

The West Coast has experienced an astonishing number of climate-related catastrophes in recent years. Wildfires created widespread devastation and smoke-choked air, atmospheric rivers resulted in extensive flooding, and a heat dome shattered records and resulted in a significant number of deaths. As architects, we know our work has a significant impact on the climate, and […]

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 […]

Watch: Ending the Climate Crisis—A Discussion with ‘Regeneration’ Author Paul Hawken

by | October 25, 2021 0 Ideas

SERA is deeply committed to capturing every opportunity to effect positive change in addressing the climate crisis. Climate action toward a just transition can put us—people, businesses, and communities—on a path toward regeneration. This will be both life-affirming and a strategic advantage. We can do this. Not only that, it can be joyful. Author Paul […]

Honoring Indigenous People’s Day

by | October 8, 2021 0 News + Announcements

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

by | September 27, 2021 0 Architecture, Ideas, Sustainability

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

by | August 20, 2021 0 Architecture, Ideas

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 […]