Insights

SERA-designed piano finds home at The Dougy Center

by | September 19, 2017 0 Ideas

Earlier this summer a group of SERA volunteers made-over a piano bound for the junkyard for the program Piano.Push.Play. Our piano and eight others were stationed throughout the city all summer for the public to enjoy. Now that summer’s over, we’re happy to hear that our piano has found a permanent home at The Dougy […]

What it means to be an employee owner

by | August 18, 2017 2 Ideas

Here at SERA, we’re a 100% employee owned and operated firm. So what does that mean? Funny you should ask. Many years ago, SERA’s founders, Bing Sheldon and Don Eggleston, looked ahead to their retirement and realized that they didn’t want the traditional transition of the firm to take place, whereby a few employees ‘buy […]

Building a sleeping pod at the Portland Art Museum

by | July 27, 2017 1 Architecture, Ideas

Late last year, a team of volunteers at SERA unveiled a designed-and-built sleeping pod as part of a larger effort to address homelessness in the city. This year, SERA accepted second challenge – this time designing a pod with a focus on simplified assembly and replication. On August 20, the pod will be built live for […]

News Release: SERA-Designed LinkedIn Campus in Silicon Valley Goes Live

by | June 15, 2017 0 News + Announcements

LinkedIn employees in Mountain View, Calif., have a new 24-acre campus to call home – and it was designed by local firm SERA Architects. More than two years in the making, the project by SERA’s Workplace studio unifies three existing, disparate office buildings and their asphalt surroundings into an intuitive, cohesive and environmentally-conscious campus. The […]

Equity is Action

by | June 8, 2017 8 Ideas

Suzanne Blair and I recently attended the biennial AIA Vision Future Symposium on The Value Proposition for Equity and ended the week on a high note. Not only was the sun out (finally!); not only did we spend the day with some talented Portland business women; but we were re-inspired and challenged to improve ourselves, […]

Resiliency: Our Sustainability Celebration + Design Week Portland events

by | May 5, 2017 3 Ideas, Sustainability

In a first for SERA, we coupled our 2017 Sustainable Action Celebration with a Design Week Portland session in back-to-back events last week. Our celebration comes on the heels of the AIA’s recent report “The Habits of High-Performance Firms,” which highlights SERA’s four AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten project wins. The report attributes […]

RSVP for our #DWPDX Discussion on Resilience

The term ‘resilience’ is increasingly being used in architecture and urban planning to describe the durability, adaptability and flexibility of our built environment. With the increasing threat of volatile weather due to climate change, the high probability of a large-magnitude earthquake striking the region, and the slower moving but equally transformative effects of economic changes […]

Groundbreaking for a new, people-oriented Alpine Avenue

by | March 21, 2017 0 Urban Design + Planning

Yesterday, joined by the mayor, neighbors, and our partners at HDR, we broke ground on an exciting new chapter for the City of McMinnville’s Alpine Avenue. Alpine Avenue is the city’s first large project in the McMinnville Urban Renewal District. Once complete, the $4.3 million, quarter-mile streetscape project will enhance pedestrian accessibility and comfort along […]