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(Dis)Connect

In order to maintain healthy connections in a complex and evolving world, we sometimes have to seek places with characteristics that resemble those of our ancestors from millennia ago. At SERA, we’re currently exploring what those conditions are, and how to integrate the natural and built environments to the benefit of human health and well-being.

A Picture is Only Worth a Thousand Words

Architects are accustomed to long distance relationships; Beginning as students we fall in love with images of buildings, we read what we can, study the floor plans, but only after a long courtship do we eventually meet in person.

Back to School

A few weeks ago, I walked over to Shattuck Hall, home of the PSU School of Architecture, to participate in a review of first-year student work. l look forward to these opportunities because they offer a connection to a range of people in the design community, and because they provide an occasion to delve into ideas […]

Extreme Hotel Makeovers: Before & After

When our hospitality studio isn’t designing hotels from the inside out (see: Pearl District Residence Inn, AC Hotel by Marriott and more), they’re helping revitalize existing hotels around the country. The redesigns are always remarkable, but when juxtaposed against the original conditions, the transformations are stunning. Check out four of SERA’s recent hotel interventions below. While the Before images are amateur snapshots (taken during […]

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 […]

Woodshedding to Spark Inspiration

Recently, a large group of us at SERA sat down for lunch together and discussed what it takes to create valuable and innovative design. Two main threads emerged. First, thoughtful design takes time where true mindfulness can be engaged at a deep level; time where all of our knowledge and skills can be carefully applied […]

Project Spotlight: Argyle Winery Tasting House

This month’s grand opening of the new Argyle Winery Tasting House marks a major update for the 28-year-old winery in Dundee, Oregon. Working with Argyle, SERA set out to create a world-class wine tasting experience that preserves the history of the site and builds on Argyle’s spirit of evolution and reinvention. The new Tasting House […]

CLSB Named 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten Project

Portland, Ore. – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) recognized the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower (CLSB) for its sustainable architecture and ecological design that serve to protect and enhance the environment. CLSB is one of only ten projects in the nation to receive this honor […]

a photo of the CLSB atrium with a LEED Platinum logo

Rethinking LEED with the Collaborative Life Sciences Building

When California-based CO Architects paired with SERA on the OUS/OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building and OHSU Skourtes Tower, they sought the sustainable design expertise and project management behind a growing portfolio of built LEED projects. Fast forward to last October and the U.S. Green Building Council certifies CLSB as LEED-NC 2009 Platinum. As one of only […]

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 […]