The 2016 AIA Portland Architecture Awards were recently held at Revolution Hall in SE Portland. We were grateful to be honored by Mayor Charlie Hales for our work on Park Avenue West alongside Hoffman Construction.

By Joseph Gallivan

AIA announces the best of Portland architecture at awards ceremony.

The American Institute of Architects announced its annual winners and runners up Thursday. In a ceremony at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland, judges revealed their picks of best buildings designed or completed by Oregon firms in the last year.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales chose some of the more high profile buildings that are coming to define new Portland. Park Avenue West, the 30-story tower of apartments and class A office space behind the downtown Nordstrom, received his Large Urban Project nod. TVA Architects got the plaudits but the building is a classic example of old Portland at work, coming out of the Tom Moyer legacy and built by Hoffman Construction.


His Neighborhood Scale Project win went to Karuna Properties at One North by Holst Architecture. This creative office space next to New Seasons on North Williams Avenue has a large commons area with risers and exposed stairways for serendipitous collaboration. Its anchor tenant is the creative agency Instrument.

Honorable mentions for small and large Neighborhood Scale Project respectively went to the Kerns Micro House by Fieldwork and Slate by Works Progress Architecture.

ZGF Architects’ Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center won the futuristic 2030 award.

The jury is usually comprised of non-Portlanders. This year the trio from AIA Boston were given more time to meet the public and explain their picks.

Their Small project award went to the Portland-cute Red House by Waechter Architecture, a 1910 farmhouse-style building located in Southeast Portland, with thick walls and recessed windows.

LEVER Architecture’s Albina Yard received a citation, with recognition for Reworks the Owner /Contractor, for their design input.

Waechter also picked up plaudits for Sawtooth, its industrial-chic block of eight apartments in Lake Oswego, Oakley House and Pavilion House.

Everyone’s cross-laminated timber darling Framework picked up a two plaudit for Works Progress Architecture (W.PA), including one for craftsmanship.

W.PA also won was honored for Slate, its brand new mixed-used project at the East end of the Burnside Bridge, suggesting that in design circles it will not be in the shadow of Skylab’s YARD for long.

Creative Agency Swift radically remodeled an industrial building in Slabtown in Northwest Portland, making it its agency headquarters (more sawtooth roofs) and putting a firm with great Portland name recognition, Beebe Skidmore Architects , on the map.

Project^ acting as Project Developer, was also recognized for the Swift building. (Project^ is also involved with Framework.)

The 2016 Jury

Mariana Ibanez

Founder and Principal at Ibanez Kim Studio

Associate Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Mariana Ibanez is an architect in Argentina, and Associate Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she is part of the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab. She received her M.Arch from the Architectural Association in London, before joining the offices of Arup Advanced Geometry Unit and Zaha Hadid Architects. In 2012 she co-founded Ibanez Kim, a design practice based in Cambridge and Philadelphia that engages the fields of material performance, spatial interaction, and robotics within architecture and urbanism.

Tim Love

Founding Principal at Utile Architecture & Planning Design

Associate Professor at Northeastern University School of Architecture

Love is the founding principal of Utile, a 50-person Boston-based architecture and planning firm. His primary focus is the relationship between individual works of architecture and the larger city. Love and his collaborators are also known for their award-winning public realm initiatives, including the Boston Complete Streets Guidelines and the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Love is a tenured Associate Professor at the Northeastern University School of Architecture where he teaches urban design theory and graduate-level research studios.

Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA

Founder & Principal at Merge Architects

Elizabeth Whittaker is the founder and principal of Merge Architects, a Boston-based design firm that innovates through making. She was a recipient of the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award, and Merge Architects was honored with the 2014 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record and the 2015 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York. Elizabeth currently holds a faculty position as Associate Professor in Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and she is working on a variety of projects in Boston, Detroit, and Zhuhai, China.


FULL RESULTS: 2016 AIA Portland Recognitions

Mayor’s Awards:

Mayor’s Honorable Mention (Neighborhood Scale Project)

Kerns Micro House: Fieldwork Design and Architecture

Mayor’s Award (Neighborhood Scale Project)

Karuna at One North: Holst Architecture

Mayor’s Honorable Mention (Large Urban Project)

Slate: Works Progress Architecture

Mayor’s Award (Large Urban Project)

Park Avenue West: TVA Architecture

*Significant Design Contribution Award (nominated by the architect)

Park Avenue West: Hoffman Construction (General Contractor)

2030 Award:

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center: ZGF Architects

Jury Awards:

Citation Award (Small Project):

Red House: Waechter Architecture

Citation Award

Albina Yard: LEVER Architecture

*Significant Design Contribution Award (nominated by the architect)

Albina Yard: Reworks, Owner /Contractor

Citation Award

Basecamp Townhomes: Hacker

Citation Award

Cosmopolitan Condominiums: Bora

Citation Award

Sawtooth: Waechter Architecture

Citation Award

Karuna at One North: Holst Architecture

Merit Award (Small Project)

Oakley House: Waechter Architecture

Merit Award (Small Project)

Pavilion House: Waechter Architecture

Merit Award

Framework: Works Progress Architecture

Merit Award

Open School East: Holst Architecture

Merit Award

Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch: Hacker

Craftsmanship Award

Framework: Works Progress Architecture

Honor Award

Slate: Works Progress Architecture

Honor Award

Swift + POSSIBLE Agency Headquarters: Beebe Skidmore Architects