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Saving the planet takes guts – billions of them

Over the past few years two seemingly unrelated issues have been eating away at me: How can we as a species do more to address climate change, and why is my digestive system feeling out of whack? At first I thought I was just stressing out over the fate of the planet. But the more […]

SERA Announces Principal, Associate Principal and Associate Promotions

SERA Architects has promoted 19 employees to firm leadership, including two Principals, four Associate Principals, and 13 Associates. In addition to being named a new Associate, one employee was promoted to Director of Finance. These employees have exhibited a consistent drive to improve their work, the work of the firm, and the firm’s cultural and […]

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 […]

Avoiding the Disposable Notion: My Waste-Free Month

How do you feel about the Starbucks holiday cup? Being a holiday season enthusiast, I used to be tickled as the barista handed over that red cup, because it meant the most wonderful time of the year was right around the corner. A paper cup filled with hot liquid makes me feel happy, content. But […]

Sustainability Outside of Here

Working here at SERA, sustainability is a word that gets used a lot. We talk about it for our projects. We discuss in the products we specify. We use it in our personal lives outside the office. It is so ingrained with the current culture of architecture and design, especially here in Portland, that I […]

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 […]

SERA Architects Expands Presence in the Bay Area

Clark Brockman, Principal with SERA Architects, is moving to Silicon Valley to begin the process of establishing a SERA branch office there, supporting the firm’s growing body of work in the Bay Area. SERA is currently beginning to recruit new staff members to work in a Silicon Valley office. Job openings are currently advertised on […]

A Waterfront Designed by Portlanders

A Recap of Our “Wishing for a Wonderful Waterfront” Discussion Earlier this month, we set out to reimagine our relationship with the Willamette River. During our Design Week Portland event, 75 people from around Portland weighed in on one question, “What makes for a wonderful Willamette?” Our expert panel helped by offering their perspective, ideas and even […]

Project Spotlight: Burnside 26

Burnside 26 is located in the heart of Portland’s thriving eastside dining and imbibing hotspots. Within four blocks of this SERA project, patrons at Ken’s Artisan Pizza or Screen Door can be found lining up outside for a table. And it’s not for lack of competition – the other 62 restaurants in the small radius […]