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Bora Architects Named AIA Northwest + Pacific Region Firm of the Year!

Bora Architects is honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Firm of the Year Award for the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region. This award recognizes not only a consistent pattern of excellence in design, but also a firm’s dedication to extending the boundaries of traditional architectural practice, long record of community engagement, and commitment…

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Emma Abramowitz Inaugurated as IIDA Oregon Chapter President

On July 13, The IIDA Oregon Chapter held its annual celebration and fundraiser, the Picnic Classic. It was a complete success with an amazing turnout, and it also marked my official Chapter President inauguration! The full term is three years, including my service as President Elect from 2016-2017, and as Past President in 2018-2019. This…

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Noodlecraft – Testing the Waters

We want our watercraft to have a spatial quality, so that it can be occupied in more than one way. It also needs to stay upright, and safely support multiple people. After churning on some scratch models (physical and digital), and experimenting with how to join and shape pool noodles, we landed on a form…

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GIX Breakfast – Developing Leaders in Innovation

Are you curious about the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)? Do you want to learn more about the institutional and industry partnerships shaping this fascinating program? What about how the building’s interiors support learning, collaboration, and cutting-edge problem solving? Join the NAIOP Washington State chapter for breakfast on July 12, and get ready to have your…


Most Outlandish Watercraft – Materials and Prototyping

The Big Float is rapidly approaching, and the Bora crew has been busy. As an informal LaBoratory initiative, we’ve approached this Outlandish Watercraft challenge as a means of supporting Bora’s culture of making, the integration of craft and technology, and our belief in the power of “artful moments” to bring joy, wonder and delight. In…

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Future Vision: The Value Proposition for Equity

Bora Principal Amy Donohue and I recently attended this day-long symposium, hosted by AIA Portland and focused on what we, as architectural firms and individuals, can do to promote equity for women and minorities in our industry and workplaces. Saskia Dennis-van Dijl presented the latest 2016 Equity by Design findings where she and her team…