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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Hovering over Neskowin Beach

One of the great things about having our own beach house is having the folks who stay there send us videos like this one. Courtesy of a recent Bora family excursion, enjoy this drone footage of paradise!

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Mentoring PSU Master of Real Estate Development Students

Along with the work we’ve done on their campus, Bora has had the privilege of partnering with Portland State University as an academic and professional resource since 2012. This summer, we committed to acting as architectural consultants/mentors for a studio class in the Master of Real Estate Development program. The team consists of 6 graduate…

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New Work Starts at Texas A & M and Michigan State University

Bora is excited to commence work on two new projects.  Building on the success of the Learning Innovation Center (LINC) the firm designed for Oregon State University, we will be working with Texas A&M in College Station to create a 21st Century Classroom Building for its campus.  The project will benefit from a prominent site…

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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. This event doubles as our Annual Meeting and is also our largest fundraiser for the year. We had a great turnout and thanks to ticket purchases, our sponsors and raffle donations, raised funds to continue implementation of the engaging programming…

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Bora Floats – Surprises + Successes

What a day! The weather was warm and sunny, the river was cool and calm, the waterfront was buzzing with activity, and there was a shaved ice stand. Honestly, what more could you ask for? By all measures, our Fruitloop was a success, even though it didn’t turn out quite how we expected. We had…

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Bora Hosts Sneak Peak of Airbnb’s Expanded Portland Office

Bora recently teamed up with Airbnb to offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the company’s newly expanded Portland office as part of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s 2017 “Dine & Design” event series, an annual fundraiser for this non-profit organization.  Design Team members Michael Tingley (Principal), Sarah Weber (Interior Designer) and Heather McGinn (Designer) gave a brief…

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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…

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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…

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Surface Into Form: Exhibits + Workshops

Are you looking for some design-oriented activities to spice up your calendar over the next couple months? Are you interested in exploring the interplay of light and simple materials through surface manipulation? Hopefully you answered yes, because that’s what this post is about. Marziah Rajabzadeh, one of Bora’s newest faces, collaborated on this exhibit with…

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The Big Float – We Love Our Willamette River

We here at Bora are big fans of the Willamette River. In fact, creating improved access to the river was a major component of our Water Avenue Yards design/research effort. Now that the sunshine seems to have stuck, we’re dusting off our swimming suits and getting ready for the 7th annual Big Float on July…

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Experience the Vista Condominiums

Watching this video (courtesy of our friends at HOYT), it’s easy to forget that the Vista is still under construction. If you can’t resist those views, and you’re looking for that curated Pearl District living experience, just remember units are now selling!

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Support for the Paris Agreement – We Are Still In

Bora recognizes the broad scientific consensus on climate change, and believes that urgent, global action is needed. Despite the recent decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, we remain committed to doing our part in bringing down carbon emissions, and creating environments that are both beautiful and sustainable. For this reason, we have…

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Progress at CU Boulder’s Center for Academic Success + Engagement

We are about halfway through the 14-month construction schedule for CU Boulder’s new Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), and things are shaping up beautifully. The delivery method is design/build, and we are working with general contractor G.H. Phipps, as well as local executive architects OZ Architecture. The building will centralize undergraduate academic advising…

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Bora Wins When Work Works Award for Second Year

We are honored to be the recipient of a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling, and transition to parenthood programs. The award goes beyond…

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Airbnb Portland has Expanded

You may already have seen our work at Airbnb Portland’s Customer Experience Hub, but did you know we’ve been busy expanding their space? Well we have, in concert with Airbnb’s Environments team! Consider yourself informed. Featuring conference and meeting rooms based on listings from around the world, artwork created by Airbnb employees, and more custom…

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Exploring 360 Video on the Beaverton Jobsite

After his last visit to the Mountainside High School site, Jeremy Larsen came back with some 360 still photos captured on his phone. It was a great way to experience the project’s scale, and feel more immersed in the space, but a phone camera is still a phone camera. So this time, Jeremy went out…

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Congratulations New Associates!

Bora Architects is delighted to announce our newest Associates. Project Designer Abe Cambier, RA, has been with us for over a decade. His skill and expertise contributed to the success of projects including the Earlham College Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Knight Management Center at Stanford University, and the new School of Music…

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Take a Look Around Beaverton Mountainside High School

Construction is right on schedule at Beaverton’s new Mountainside High School. Bora’s Jeremy Larsen went out for a site visit recently and snagged these great panoramic shots on his phone. Click around and enjoy the scenery, no hard hat required! 1. Commons 2. Auditorium Balcony 3. Media Center 4. Upper Fields

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Architects, Designers and Interns (Entry Level through Senior Level)

We are hiring at all experience levels, for positions ranging from junior designer to project manager, project architect, project designer, and interior designer. If you’re reading the list of desired qualifications below, and feel like you would be a perfect fit for our culture – whether you’re an emerging professional or a seasoned veteran –…

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Gray Magazine Panel Discussion: The Workplace Design Revolution

On March 23, Gray Magazine will be hosting a panel discussion in Portland, looking at the way workplace design is evolving. Bora’s very own Sarah Weber will be a panelist, offering her insights and observations based on deep experience with clients like Microsoft, Airbnb, and Google. I asked Sarah if she had any thoughts about…

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Bora Receives DJC’s Newsmaker Award

We are pleased to be a recipient of the DJC’s 2017 Newsmaker Award and to have joined many friends for this annual event that recognizes the individuals, private companies, public agencies, and organizations that have had a significant impact on the region’s built environment during the past 12 months.

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Microsoft B83 is T Spain Magazine’s Office of the Week

T Spain, the Spanish edition of the New York Times style magazine, has chosen Microsoft Building 83 as their inaugural Office of the Week feature! We’re thrilled to see this project reaching a broader audience, reinforcing our belief that meaningful design speaks to people across languages and cultures.

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Reimagining Learning Spaces at OSU LINC

It’s been nearly two years since OSU’s Learning Innovation Center opened to students and faculty. Since then, Bora has been working with a team of OSU researchers led by Jon Dorbolo, Associate Director of Technology Across the Curriculum, to gather and analyse the impacts of these cutting edge classroom spaces on learning and pedagogy. This…

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Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Office

For the past eleven years, Bora has been purchasing carbon offsets from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, as part of our sustainable operations action plan. As signatories to the Architecture 2030 Commitment since 2012, we’ve been part of the movement pushing for all new buildings to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Good habits start at home, and…

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Breaking Ground at the University of New Mexico

Yesterday, leaders from both the University of New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque celebrated the groundbreaking of the new 61,000-square-foot McKinnon Center for Management. Part of UNM’s Anderson School, the new four-story facility will serve as the heart of the School of Business, combining social spaces, student services, advance teaching environments, behavioral research labs,…

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Bora Teams with Ennead on UO Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

The University of Oregon has announced that The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is moving from idea to reality, with selection of the architectural team that will design the project. We have teamed up with Ennead Architects of New York for the project, after being selected through a competitive selection process. The Bora | Ennead team is a…

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A Rainy Jobsite at Crystal Springs

While Portland was hit with ice and snow last week, the Bay Area was battling a different kind of weather at the Crystal Springs construction site. Fortunately for those in agriculture, the past 8 weeks of seasonal storms have brought relief from years of drought. Less fortunately for folks in construction, continuous downpours make for…

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Progress at Beaverton South Cooper Mountain High School

Construction continues to hum along on the site of the new South Cooper Mountain High School in Beaverton. We were lucky enough to snag this drone footage on a sunny day, courtesy of our friends at Hoffman Construction. Take a look, and enjoy those views!

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Why Bora Advocates for Action on Climate Change

Now that election season has drawn to a close, we’re left with many questions. How will this impact our country, the international community, and the planet we steward? Here is one thing we know: Bora Architects is committed to architecture that reflects our core values socially, ecologically, and economically. From material selection to opening day,…

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Happy Holidays from the Bora Elves

The Holiday Elf Cart is a long-standing tradition here at Bora. Every year, on the day of the holiday party, our Principals disappear. In their place, a gang of festive elves with unfortunate but forgivable fashion sense wheels around the office, delivering libations to all on the “Nice” list. From the ugly sweaters at Bora, may your days be…

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The Cosmopolitan Shines

To really appreciate the magic of the Cosmopolitan, you have to watch it move and breathe throughout the course of the day. Shifting light, the play of cloud and sky, the life of a building in its context. We think this beautiful film, courtesy of local Portland agency SuperGreat Video, reflects that dynamism and vibrancy….

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Portland AIA Honors Cosmopolitan

The Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored The Cosmopolitan as part of their annual Architecture Awards. The program celebrates the best work by Oregon architects. To see a full list of winners visit the AIA Portland website.

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Principal Amy Donohue Discusses Discovering Her Voice as an Architectural Designer

Meghan Barrett from Modelo’s Design Manifesto Blog recently talked to Amy Donohue about when she knew she wanted to become an architect, what’s in her design toolkit, and what she sees for the future of the profession.

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Mayor-Elect Ted Wheeler Tweets Water Avenue Yards

In case you missed it yesterday, KOIN 6 News interviewed Bora Principal Michael Tingley as part of a piece on our Water Avenue Yards design research project. They reached out to us following a tweet from Portland’s Mayor-Elect, Ted Wheeler, in which he called our reimagining “stellar.” For more information on the Water Avenue Yards…

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Construction Begins on Global Innovation Exchange

Today, we attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) up in Bellevue, WA. This partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, with support from Microsoft, is generating a lot of excitement in the region – and for good reason! Integrating incubator, studio, makerspace, wet lab, office, presentation space, and informal…

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Portland Makes Metropolis’ Top 10

We love our city. We love living here, working here, biking in the rain, and floating the river on a hot day. Like any major urban center, we have our challenges, and they are not trivial. But Portland’s reputation as a beautiful, liveable city is well-deserved. So although we didn’t expect to see “Stumptown” listed…

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Block 17 Wins MFE Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

Multifamily Executive Magazine, has published its annual apartment industry award-winners, and we’re pleased to announce that out of 370 entries, Block 17 Apartments has been honored with both the Grand High-Rise Award and the Editor’s Choice Award! From the announcement: “What sticks out the most about Block 17 is how much it doesn’t stick out—it…

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Opening Day at OSU Cascades Tykeson Hall

Today marks a shift in the Higher Education landscape of Oregon. We’re excited to announce the grand opening of the new OSU Cascades campus in Bend, OR! As the architects of Tykeson Hall, the first new academic building on campus, we feel privileged to have contributed to this major advancement in educational access in Central…

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Breakthrough Research at Stanford’s Shriram Center

A team of student scientists at Stanford University are making strides in tackling the challenge of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria. Working out of the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, the trio of researchers have been granted $10,000 to carry on with their investigations, and they’re feeling pretty good about the results so…

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Raising Portland’s Skyline on OPB State of Wonder

As Portland continues to grow, our skyline is climbing, and the urban form and fabric is evolving. Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “State of Wonder” took a look at that last week, interviewing a handful of architects for a conversation on how taller buildings are responding to Portland’s needs. The Cosmopolitan is the most current of the…

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Exploring Virtual and Augmented Reality

In recent months, Bora has been exploring new ways of visualizing unbuilt spaces. Revit, Rhino, and other 3D modeling programs have become the industry standards for producing everything from renderings to construction documents, but these tools still fall short of providing fully immersive experiences. There is always a tension between presenting a design concept that…

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Finley House Featured on Archdaily

We love the Oregon coast. It’s hard to resist the stunning views, the forested cliffs and sentinel lighthouses, and the nestled beaches strewn with pebbles warmed by the summer sun. Even in the winter, when the fog rolls in and the horizon disappears, a day at the coast is a welcome break from Portland’s hustle….

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Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in ArchDaily’s Top 100 Projects

ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture website, has just highlighted the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center as a top 100 project! We’re excited to have Bora’s work recognized on the website that is most people’s go-to source for transformative, beautiful architecture. To view the Wagner Noël feature, along with the other projects selected, click here!

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We’re Golden! Sustainability at Work in PDX

We’ve reached the end of another May, which means the end of another Bike More Challenge. After a month of solid cycling, what better way to celebrate than with Gold certification from the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program! In order to meet the eligibility criteria for Gold, we needed to disclose information about…

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Bora Wins “When Work Works” Award

We’re honored to be recipients of this prestigious national award, and proud to be listed along with other Oregon businesses recognized for their policy leadership. We consider our employees to be our greatest asset. Supporting them in their personal lives is critical so they can come to the office ready to do their best creative…

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OSU LInC Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

The Learning Innovation Center at OSU has been turning a lot of heads, as colleges and universities begin to rethink large lecture spaces and how to integrate technology with evolving pedagogies. As architects, we believe this shifting paradigm is worth talking about. Good design is critical to progressing the way students learn, the way instructors…

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Governor Kate Brown Pays Bora a Visit

As you may have noticed, we’re strong advocates for paid family leave. We believe it’s the right thing to do for our employees, and we know it has a net positive effect financially as well. So we haven’t exactly been shy about encouraging other businesses to embrace a similar approach. Apparently we’ve been loud enough…

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Airbnb CX Hub gets featured in Spain’s Diseño Interior Magazine

The idea of transcending traditional workplace design, and rethinking the call center environment in particular, has international appeal. We’re thrilled to have the Airbnb CX Hub featured in Diseño Interior magazine, a Spanish publication focusing on exemplary interiors, art, and architecture from around the world. And it’s always nice to be mentioned on the front…

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Design Week Portland Recap: Potential in the Central Eastside

Last Tuesday we hosted a panel as part of Design Week Portland, discussing the current and potential future state of the Central Eastside. With over 70 people in attendance, the event was engaging and lively. The ideas our panelists and audience members brought to the table were thoughtful and challenging, ranging from major infrastructural interventions…

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Center for Parental Leave Leadership Features Bora as Case Study

Since rolling it out last year, we’re continuing to see the benefits of offering paid family leave, and we truly believe that it’s both the right and the smart thing to do for our employees. We’re proud to be featured on the Center for Parental Leave Leadership blog as a case study in how to…

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A Spin Around the Cosmo

The Cosmopolitan is already an established presence in Portland’s Pearl district, staking its claim as the tallest building in the neighborhood. Take a whirl around the tower and get a drone’s eye view courtesy of Andersen Construction and Horizon Sky Solutions.

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Bora is hosting a Design Week Portland event!

Join us in the Bora Design Lab on April 19th for an in-depth panel discussion about the future of the Central Eastside. Click here for more details and to register for this free event! Central Eastside: Beyond Taking Sides This panel will look at the Inner Eastside as a community unto itself.  While numerous private developments are planned…

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Hoyt Block 20 Renderings

Continuing to build on our successful relationship with Portland’s Hoyt Street Properties, Bora has just submitted Block 20 Condominiums for design review. We’re really happy with the way these renderings turned out, and wanted to share. These images are a reflection of the design as it currently stands, but we think they capture the character…

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Groundbreaking at PPS Faubion/Concordia University

This morning, we celebrated the official Faubion School ground breaking with Concordia and PPS. It was an exciting and gratifying moment, and we’re proud of our part in realizing this trail-blazing vision. This new school will do so much to enrich the relationship between Concordia Universtity and Faubion students, families, and community. There was a…

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Portland Monthly features Airbnb CX Hub

Portland Monthly magazine recently published an interview with our own Michael Tingley, discussing the ways in which Bora’s Airbnb CX Hub design breaks the mold of a typical call center. Michael was Principal-in-Charge on the project, and shared his insights into the mission, challenges, and trends he sees in crafting workplaces for the 21st century….

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On Site at the New Beaverton High School

Construction has been underway on Beaverton South Cooper Mountain High School since July 2015, and things are really taking form. We don’t always receive aerial images over the course of a project getting built, but since we have them (thanks to Hoffman Construction and Beaverton School District), we’re sharing. The setting is just stunning, even in…

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Exploring Acoustic Diffusion

We work on a lot of auditoria, theaters, and lecture halls—spaces where acoustics are paramount. Between education and performing arts, much of the work we do involves optimizing an audial connection in large spaces full of excited people. We’re always thinking about how to do it better, but sometimes you have to make study opportunities…

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Bora is now a four letter word.

Meet Bora Architects. You might recognize us, since we’ve been pretty well known as Boora Architects for a long time. Our legacy of creating meaningful architecture with our clients remains. But we’ve also changed. There’s a fresh optimism in our practice, fueled by a new generation of leaders working together with the most talented staff…

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Uncommon Solutions, Part 2

For the Airbnb CX Hub, ‘uncommon solutions’ was our design mantra. In addressing this, we did several in house tests studying the effect of staining on plywood sheathing, in regards to the creation of color, texture and patterning. Through this, we discovered a white wash mix that not only whitened the soft wood portion of…

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Uncommon Solutions, Part 1

Each project brings with it a unique set of conditions and its own identity to express through space. To be truly responsive and provide solutions that embody our clients’ identities, missions or brands, we have adopted an exploratory ethos that seeks new possibilities and uncommon solutions in materials and methods. With the use of our…

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Exploring Building Performance with PSU Students

PSU students help Bora understand actual building performance at three Oregon schools through research collaboration. Since 2012, Bora has participated in a joint research program with the School of Architecture at Portland State University.  This program, partly funded through NCARB grants, links students in PSU’s advanced building technology courses with local practitioners to conduct research…

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Transparency is the New Green

In recent years, building owners and the construction industry have come to recognize that buildings have a significant impact on the health of their occupants. As one example, Dr. Bruce Lanphear created this video, illustrating the effects of toxins on the developing brain. Forward thinkers in design and manufacturing are uniting around the idea that…

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A Bora Baby Shower!

Bora recently celebrated first time parents-to-be Kate and Johnny with a baby shower in the Design Lab. Guests snacked on homemade treats including caramel corn and cookies, and a small collection of gifts were presented – made possible by generous staff donations. Kate has been with Bora for seven years. Check out the customized baby…

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Bora shares design vision at construction kickoff for new Portland Faubion School

Construction of the new Pre-K-8 Faubion School for Portland Public Schools (PPS) is now underway! And the demolition of three existing buildings has begun. The focus of an innovative partnership between PPS and neighboring Concordia University, Faubion will collocate Concordia’s College of Education within its walls. Concordia students have a strong history of supporting the Faubion community, and this building embraces that…

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The Bora Holiday Party!

Bora hosted our annual Holiday Party and charity auction in the recently completed Literary Arts event space. Designed pro-bono by our wonderful interiors group, it provides a much needed gathering place for Literary Arts’ numerous events and workshops. The evening was filled with laughter and celebration, and one of our staff gave everyone a sneak…

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Airbnb CX Hub wins IIDA Oregon Chapter Award!

Bora’s design of the Airbnb CX Hub in Portland was awarded Best in Category for the Corporate category of the IIDA Oregon Chapter 2015 Design Excellence Awards. Shout out to the Bora team members: Michael Tingley, Eve Fagenstrom, Brad Demby, Sarah Weber, Brett Dunnam, Eric Miller, and Stephanie Taylor. And congrats to our partners on this project,…

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Kinetic Cloud: A Bora Studio Installation

Nestled below the ceiling, Kinetic Cloud consists of hundreds of translucent tetrahedra suspended in a grid. Their points illustrate an undulating pixel field that interpolates the oscillations of two sine waves. Viewers are invited to engage the installation by rotating two hand cranks in either direction, controlling the speed and shape of the field. The Kinetic Cloud moves…

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A refreshing dip in the Willamette River

As tradition, we closed our office for an all staff field trip this past summer. This year, the group headed down to Corvallis to tour the recently completed Learning Innovation Center at OSU, and made a stop at the Rogue Tasting Room for some refreshments and excellent bbq. Throwing a wrench into the mix, on one of the hottest…

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Bora Adopts Paid Family Leave Policy

Our 65 employees now have access to 6 weeks of paid leave at up to 60% of their salary for maternity and paternity leave, to care for a sick child/parent/spouse, to bereave the loss of a family member, or to mend from a serious personal injury or illness. The United States is one of only…

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