Portland, OR Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Portland home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through Portland, OR interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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GIULIETTI | SCHOUTEN ARCHITECTS is a Portland-based architecture firm designing unique, client-driven projects... Read More
Portland's Architect & Design Firm Best of Houzz 2015
SunSwallow Design, LLC is a full service design firm specializing in both new and remodeling Residential design...
Buckenmeyer Architecture provides architectural design services for residential remodels, additions, and new... Read More
Portland's Contemporary + Award Winning Architectural Design Studio
6X Best of Houzz Winner! At McClellan Architects, our work incorporates timeless proportion and scale,...
Propel Studio is a community oriented architecture, design, and development studio looking to work with creative,... Read More
Greater Portland & Surrounding Area Architect | 2X Best of Houzz!
The goal for each project is to create authentic and sustainable architecture that responds directly to each...
At Emerick Architects, our mission is to create locally rooted, environmentally sensitive and thoughtfully... Read More
Sherwood's Award Winning Custom Home & Remodeling Designer
Award winning architectural design company specializing in residential new construction & remodel design. We are...
2013-2018 Best of Houzz Design & Service. Michael Howells, AIA, is a licensed and LEED-certified architect and... Read More
Award Winning Architecture + Interiors Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii
Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture,...
Since 1989 we have worked with many residential clients on the creation of their new home or the renovation of... Read More
Portland's Custom Homes and New Construction Experts
We are a design office focused on residential architecture plus urban design and planning. Residential...
Portland's Award Winning Architects Best of Houzz Winner 2018
Since 1989 we have worked with many residential clients on the creation of their new home or the renovation of...
Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture,... Read More
Portland's Custom Home Design Company
We believe that there is no such thing as a typical customer or a typical home. Each client has unique desires...
Lake Oswego Award Winning Home Designer
Mike ensures every design aligns with your family's lifestyle & blends well with your plot of land's layout and...
Our high-energy architectural firm designs and develops superior common-sense solutions for residential clients.... Read More
Portland's Well-Rounded Architecture Firm Best of Houzz 2018
Through the romance of river houseboats to the inexpressible comfort of custom homes, Integrate is - at core - a...
Portland's Innovative Architecture Firm | Best of Houzz
At Studio Coop (studio küp) we pride ourselves in helping our clients turn their desires into exceptional living...
I design around the continual collection that is our happiness. Let's make a space for your life. A... Read More
Eight-Time AIA Design Award Winner Featured in the NY Times and WSJ
James Dixon Architect PC is an award-winning architectural firm, now serving the Pacific Northwest.
Portland Award Winning Architectural Firm Best of Houzz 2013-2016
Since its inception in 1987, the firm has and continues to expand the design horizons of their clients through...
Through the romance of river houseboats to the inexpressible comfort of custom homes, Integrate is - at core - a... Read More
Portland's Leading Design Firm Specializing in Low-Carbon Architecture
At Harka Architecture, our designs are attractive, comfortable, contextual while striving to make the immediate,...
Steelhead Architecture is a design office focused on commercial and residential architecture plus urban design... Read More
Portland's Design-Driven Architect
POLYMATH is a full-service Architecture and Design studio, based in Portland, serving the Pacific Northwest and...
Harka Low-Carbon Architecture & Life: Innovative design that inspires a better world and informs a more... Read More
Renowned Portland Architecture Firm
Dedicated to providing compelling, contemporary designs in wide-ranging styles, all existing to provide...
We provide high quality design services for a range of projects, ground up custom residential construction,... Read More
Portland’s Leading Architectural Design Firm
Pat Sauer, owner of The Design Department Inc., is a Professional Building Designer with 25 years experience...
Clients come to me for a variety of reasons - more space, better circulation, improved functionality, more... Read More
Portland's Eco- Friendly Architecture Design Firm
Green Touch Architecture & Planning creates timeless, innovative, design solutions that are naturally responsive,...
Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc. provide construction drawings for home designs that are both beautiful and... Read More
Portland OR Architect with an Emphasis on Fine Homes 3 x Best of Houzz
Cella Architecture is a small architectural firm located in Portland Oregon specialized in designing fine homes...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
Giulietti Schouten Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"We're really enjoying working with the Giulietti/Schouten team designing our new beach home. When we were searching for an architect, we looked at portfolios from many firms and were struck by the breadth and creativity of their work. The combination of artistry, creativity, flexibility, practicality, and attention to detail they bring to their work is really impressive, and has resulted in a design much better than we envisioned. It's particularly impressive when the complicated site and extreme environment of our oceanfront setting are taken into account. We're very happy with the project and feel fortunate to have found this great group of people to work with! Follow-on now that the project is finished: Our home turned out beautifully. They were extremely helpful during the construction phase, helping us with the multitude of decisions and working with our builder to assure every detail was as it was envisioned. We were really lucky to have their team to work with! We give them our highest recommendation."
- marykrueger
Buckenmeyer Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"I own a small residential remodel company (Old School Renovations, Inc.) in Portland, OR. Marty has provided basic permit plans and full design services for several of my clients. Marty is as eager to work on the removal of a kitchen wall as he is a full two room addition. He has a great eye for detail (duh) and his x-ray vision comes in handy when pre-planning structural changes to a home. I never hesitate to refer Marty to a client regardless of the size of job. You'll love him."
- Old School Renovations, Inc.
Propel Studio Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"Great firm - creative, passionate and great to work with. Designed a garden and deck for my small home in Portland, Oregon."
- Lucas Gray
Emerick Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"Emerick Architects are outstanding in their field. They designed the remodel of our 1906 craftsman colonial in Portland, Oregon, updating and rearranging much of the space but staying true to its old soul and its surroundings. It's a fantastic remodel. And working with them was terrific as well - from the first meeting, where they listened, asked great questions, and tried to understand just what we wanted - through the planning phase and on into construction. We liked them so much we've recommended them to friends, including our next-door neighbors. And we're not easy graders. We'd use them again in a heartbeat."
- 3421nwthurman
Howells Architecture + Design
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"We have had the pleasure of working with Michael on three projects -- to the studs kitchen and bathroom remodels on our home, as well as the building of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (or "mother in law" apartment/800 SF house) in our back yard. Michael has a fantastic eye for clean and timeless designs that match the character of not only the house, but the homeowners as well. While he willingly shares his opinions, we always felt he listened to us and respected both our budget and how we actually live, work and play in our spaces. We have recommended Michael to friends in the past and would do so again in a heartbeat. (As I am mentioning 3 projects, and the space below only allows for one project cost, here is a rough breakdown: the kitchen remodel was in the $50k range, the bath in the $25k and the ADU came in at right around $100k.)"
- cgwinkler
Richard Brown Architect AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"Richard and his staff were a pleasure to deal with. He was able, after some mild beatings, to assimilate our ideas and add his own to create a very useful amalgam. We still enjoy his input and appreciation of space. Our error was failing to hire him to supervise construction, in addition to designing the building."
- pdxlights
Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"We are thrilled that our Origami Coffee Table was selected for a recent project. It was such a treat to collaborate with Fig Studio. They do such beautiful work!"
- angela adams
Celeste Lewis Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"Celeste was very professional and courteous. We love the kitchen she designed! We felt she listened to our needs and worked closely with us to design a kitchen both functional and beautiful. Also, she was always on time with appointments and with drawings. Her communication was fantastic. I would highly recommend Celeste Lewis architecture!"
- mfrench67
Angela Dechard Design
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"I have collaborated with Angela over the past 10 years on many diverse design projects. Angela has such strong design instincts and problem solving ability that she always adds value to any project she undertakes. Her sweet graceful exterior is only part of the package; underneath is a force of nature whose exceptional design talent combines with a very pragmatic and deep understanding of what people need to be happy. I can only say that whatever she touches will become your very favorite thing. And when she leaves your room, your house, or working alongside her to accomplish any goal, you will miss her very much. Nicolette Wales Nicolette Wales Design"
- nicolettewales
Integrate Architecture & Planning
Architects and Building Designers in Portland, OR
"phil of integrate was amazing to work with: professional and flexible and timely. we hired him after meeting with a handful of other architects. he was above and beyond what we were looking for and he was with us every step of the way on our project journey. we are so lucky we found him and would recommend him highly!"
- sbrakken
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How do I find the best Portland architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire Oregon subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscaper. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the Portland residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Different architecture firms in Portland, OR provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?


As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Residential architects in Portland, OR are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective Portland interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


Find a home architect in Portland, OR on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Portland architects. You may also look through photos of Oregon projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Vancouver, Gresham, Beaverton, Bethany and Hillsboro.

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