AIA Portland | Center for Architecture

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Situated in Portland's bustling Pearl District, Holst transformed a former carriage house, one of the oldest structures in the city, into a hub for the region’s architecture and design community. Home to AIA Portland and AIA Oregon, the Center for Architecture houses administrative offices, as well as gallery, education, and community gathering spaces.

For the renovation, Holst embraced the structure's historical elements, celebrating the past while showcasing the future possibilities of design for the city.

Chocolate brick

Historically a billboard for a chocolate maker, a garden wall decorates the chocolate colored south facade.

History embraced

The structure's stability was reestablished while honoring its existing form.


AIA Portland and AIA Oregon


Portland, OR




10,000 sf


LEED Platinum


2009 Portland Daily Journal of Commerce Top Projects, First place