Jarrett Street 12 receives national recognition with 2019 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects by Brian Cavanaugh


We are honored to announce that Jarrett Street 12 has been awarded a 2019 Small Project Award from The American Institute of Architects. Jarrett Street 12 is a modular 12-unit affordable housing project located in Portland, Oregon.

Link to AIA website

ABC's Laura's Place awarded Merit Award at the 2017 Portland Architecture Awards by Brian Cavanaugh


We had a great night at AIA Portland 's 2017 Portland Architecture Awards. Laura's Place won a Merit Award in the Small Project Category! With this award Laura's Place has now received recognition at the local, regional and national levels of the The American Institute of Architects. Laura's Place is a transitional housing project we designed for Central City Concern located in Portland, Oregon.

You can see all the award winners here...http://aiaportland.org/2017-portland-architecture-awards

ABC selected to design the new Black Cultural Center at the University of Oregon by Brian Cavanaugh


We are excited to announce that ARCHITECTURE BUILDING CULTURE has been selected to design the new Black Cultural Center on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. We will be working in close collaboration with our Associate Designer, Darell W. Fields, Ph.D. of The Maxine Studio, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape ArchitectsKPFF Portland(structural engineer), PAE (MEP engineer), BHE (civil engineer), Brightworks (sustainability), Czopek Design Studio (interior design), and Bruce Mau Design (wayfinding & building identity).

The Black Cultural Center will be the home for Black student organizations and initiatives that directly enhance the college experience of Black students on the University of Oregon campus. The purpose of the center is to be a nucleus for Black student life by providing a place that supports education, growth, and development. The space will welcome campus and community members to partake in cultural events and learn about the history that led to the creation of the Black Cultural Center at UO.

ABC's Laura's Place receives national recognition with 2017 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects by Brian Cavanaugh


We are honored to announce that Laura's Place has been awarded a 2017 Small Project Award from The American Institute of Architects! Laura's Place is a transitional housing project for Central City Concern located in Portland, Oregon.

Link to AIA website

ABC Principal & Co-Founder, Mark Ritchie to be panelist at upcoming Turncoats Vancouver debate, "God Has Left the Details" by Brian Cavanaugh



Vancouver's Architectural debates are rubbish.
We've all been there: a panel of similar designers with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of debates will rugby tackle fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.

God Has Left the Details
6pm, Friday, 5 May, 2017
303 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S2

Salivating over the way pieces of a building come together is a dangerous fetish. Most clear-headed people aren’t moved to tears by a carefully placed reveal or a custom handrail. They regard those who are as elitist and out of touch. The scale and speed of today’s design problems utterly dwarf the subtlety of architectural details. Don’t get lost in the pixels. It’s the picture that matters!

The Panel
Ian McDonald is a partner Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects located in Vancouver. He taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from 2005 until 2013, and was at one time, an aspiring Vancouver School Board candidate.

Ali Kenyon is an architect and designer at HCMA Architecture + Design. She has worked for Droog in Amsterdam, Molo in Vancouver, and curated the exhibition Tangential Vancouversim through 221a in 2012.

Mark Ritchie is a principal and co-founder of Architecture Building Culture. He has practiced internationally, run practices on two continents and was a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Architecture and Design from 2002 to 2004.

Andrew Latreille is an architectural photographer based in both Vancouver and Melbourne whose photos have been highly awarded. He is a trained and registered non-practising architect in Australia.

Lander Cabin is one of seven projects featured in upcoming exhibition at The Center for Architecture by Brian Cavanaugh

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The Lander Cabin is one of seven projects featured in the upcoming exhibition, 7 HOUSES at The Center for Architecture.

Here is more info...


April 23 - June 30, 2017

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce 7 HOUSES, an exhibition that explores the state of Pacific Northwest contemporary architecture through the lens of seven houses by seven Portland architects.

The exhibition will feature projects by the award winning firms, Allied Works ArchitectureArchitecture Building Culture, Architecture W, Holst ArchitectureHennebery Eddy ArchitectsWaechter Architecture and Works Progress Architecture.

Opening Party
April 21, 6-8pm

Design Week Portland
April 23-29, 10am-5pm

May 1 - June 30
Mon-Friday, 10am-5pm

Mark Ritchie shortlisted for the Arthur Erickson Memorial Award for an Emerging Architect by Brian Cavanaugh

We are excited to announce that ABC Principal & Co-Founder, Mark Ritchie has been shortlisted for the 2014 Western Living Designers of the Year ARTHUR ERICKSON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR AN EMERGING ARCHITECT! The spirit of the award is to acknowledge designers who appear poised for widespread acclaim, but who are still early in their career development.

Brian Cavanaugh appointed to the Board of Directors of The Center for Architecture by Brian Cavanaugh

ABC is pleased to announce that Brian Cavanaugh has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Center for Architecture.

The Center for Architecture Board of Directors is responsible for maintaining clarity of focus on our mission, and for identifying and prioritizing the programs and events that utilize our resources most effectively. The Board is also engaged in developing the resources that will enable the Center for Architecture to continue to expand the range and number of opportunities we can provide for the public to experience and appreciate the impact that architecture, design and planning have on our daily lives.