Who are we?
We are a team of Architects, Planners, and Interior Designers focused on designing high-quality, educational spaces that support and promote Next Generation Learning.
Where have we worked?
As part of the wider firm, the Pacific Northwest Education practice has touched projects across North America and beyond. This has enabled us to draw upon global expertise and best practice from around the world, and deliver it to our local clients. Our major focus has always been, and will remain, School Districts in Oregon and Washington.
What are our core values?
Our success has been predicated upon a core set of principles that we seek to live by in our work as architects and designers. These principles form our practice philosophy and provide the foundation for all our decisions.
We want to continue to be recognized as industry leaders in design, because of our evidence-based and learner-focused design process.
Our studio is a place for growth, collaboration, and fun, where everyone is valued and involved.
We collaborate with our clients by listening, inspiring, and advocating for excellence.
What do we stand for?
We want to make the world a better place. We believe that we make a difference by designing educational places that promote EQUITY, OPPORTUNITY, and EXCELLENCE.
What is our approach to sustainability?
Our goal on every project is to minimize the environmental impact of our work. We have delivered many buildings that have strong environmental credentials, and we’ve found ways to celebrate sustainable design components in ways that provide educational tools for students. We are proud participants in the AIA 2030 commitment, and report all of our projects on an on-going basis.
What is our approach to JEDI?
We are strong advocates for JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) practices in everything we do, both as a studio and with our clients. We measure our levels of diversity as a practice against 2020 census data for the US and have been taking intentional steps over several years to increase our levels of representation. We have a JEDI committee that regularly publishes a newsletter, which can be seen on our publications page.
What recognition have we received for our work?
The biggest sense of reward and satisfaction we receive from our work, is seeing students and staff benefit from the spaces we design. It is always nice to receive public recognition for ‘a job well done’ and we have been very fortunate as a firm to receive many planning and design awards for our work over the years. We are one of only three firms globally to have received the James D. MacConnell Award twice, for the Rosa Parks School and Community Campus, and Trillium Creek Primary School.