Author Archives: Inka Bajandas

An architect’s journey in border crossing design (access required)

THA Architecture principal Charles Dorn learned a lot about life on the margins between two countries while traveling last fall and winter along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico. Dorn visited a series of border checkpoints for motorists, pedestrians ...

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From produce box to insulation (access required)

A building product developed by a Portland State University School of Architecture team could help grocery stores sustainably dispose of waxed cardboard produce boxes by converting them into insulation. Many Portland-area grocery stores include used produce boxes in compostable waste, ...

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Portland architecture firm’s job: Acknowledging a ‘dark history’ at Minidoka (access required)

A chance meeting helped bring into perspective the work of FFA Architecture & Interiors associate partner Barbara Clement for the National Park Service in Southern Idaho. While visiting the Minidoka National Historic Site to inform the Portland-based firm’s efforts to ...

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Architectural billings up slightly in February, AIA reports (access required)

Architectural billings increased modestly in February, according to the American Institute of Architects. The Architecture Billings Index score was 50.7 for last month. Any score above 50 indicates growth. The western region’s score was slightly lower, at 50.5. The national ...

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AGC goes online to attract more young people to construction (access required)

When Parker Verhaeghe decided he wanted to be a construction project manager, he performed several Internet searches to figure out how to become one. He didn’t find what he was looking for. “I liked the problem solving of construction, but ...

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