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TVA Architects is a nationally recognized architecture, interior design, and planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. 

Throughout our 35-year history, we have brought the highest level of integrity to our work and sought design excellence on every project. Our mission is fundamental to who we are as a firm; we strive to build collaborative relationships that lead to lasting and innovative solutions. TVA Architects creates buildings that speak to our clients’ unique goals, taking cues from the cultural, aesthetic, and programmatic distinctions of each opportunity. Committed to genuine relationships with our clients, our teams, and our community, we continue to build on a foundation of collaboration, innovation, and conservation through beautiful design.

Our Studio

Our Firm

TVA was founded in 1984 by Design Principal Robert Thompson with the vision of creating an interdisciplinary architecture studio committed to innovation through design and creative problem solving. Each commission, large or small, is a welcome opportunity to deliver exceptional service while expressing the unique vision of our clients.

With open and transparent communication, TVA works with clients and consultants as partners in collaboration from the earliest stages of the project. We are a firm of highly skilled professionals; many members of our team have been with TVA for their entire career. We are proud of our design portfolio, but it is the people of TVA that drive the excellence for which we are known, and we work hard to create an open, collaborative atmosphere. Building on the strong leadership that has guided us since 1984, we are a majority women-owned firm and are proud to advance women in the field of design.


Our Clients

Our firm revolves around our clients. We see each commission as a welcome opportunity to deliver exceptional service while expressing the unique vision of our client. We intentionally choose to work with clients whose projects enhance and build community, creating better neighborhoods and opportunities for people while adding to the region economically, socially, and aesthetically.

Recent News

Zach Pennell
September 14, 2020


Building on History

Zach Pennell
Portland Architecture
July 17, 2020


The Fox Tower is also distinctive for its curving east façade, which helps minimize shadows falling over the square.

Zach Pennell
Business Tribune, Pamplin Media Group
June 25, 2020


Twenty years ago, the Fox Tower, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and the Wieden + Kennedy Agency World Headquarters designs changed the city.

Work with us

We are always seeking thoughtful and dedicated team members with strong design, planning and communication skills. At this time, TVA Architects has no open positions. To be considered for future opportunities, please send your portfolio and resume to We would love to hear from you.