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Headshots compilation of promoted employees. Leslee, Allison, Trevor, Sarah, Chris, and Melissa

The Next Generation of Leaders Rise at MWA

Celebrating the accomplishments and success of our team, we are thrilled to announce this year’s promotions. Thank you to each of the people listed below for their continued leadership, upholding …
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A Lifetime Love for Art and Architecture

David Williams Retires after 20 Years with MWA David Williams, Architect and Studio Manager in the Portland office, is retiring after 45 years in the industry. For 20 years, Dave …
Acknowledging Black History and Celebrating Black Futures

Acknowledging Black History and Celebrating Black Futures

In 1988, Michael Willis founded Michael Willis and Associates, Architects. MWA’s mission and values are shaped by our history as a minority-founded firm, and social equity remains a foundation of …
The Beginning of MWA

The Beginning of MWA

MWA is celebrating 35 years since Michael Willis opened Michael Willis and Associates, Architects. For the past 35 years, MWA has been striving to create a legacy of beautiful and …
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One Year with Celia Crawford Zapanta

Celia originally joined MWA as the Energy Trust of Oregon Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern. After she completed the internship, MWA was thrilled to offer her a full-time position as …
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Places of Pride – LGBTQIA+ Historical Landmarks

This Pride Month, MWA has been reflecting on the history of Civil Rights in the United States, considering the path we have already taken and the one we are continuing …
Carlton Smith laughing with his head lying on his desk covered in architectural drawings.

Just Another Day in Paradise

After 27 Years, MWA Principal Carlton Smith Retires “Just another day in paradise,” Principal Carlton Smith responds anytime someone asks how he is doing. Now, with retirement just inches away, …
The sustainability studio gathered around a table, looking at documents together, and laughing

Introducing Celia Crawford – MWA’s Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern

With one of MWA’s core values being responsibility, we always seek to do the right thing. We believe that designing for Net Zero energy is the responsible thing to do, …
Tom Stark's recently completed project, Clark Regional Wastewater Facility, showing employees eating lunch in a covered outdoor area

Five Years with Thomas Stark

Tom has worked in architecture since 1979, but this year, we celebrate five years with him on team MWA. Using his years of experience, Tom mentors designers and interns at …
Cathedral Village Grand Opening

Sarah Lundy’s Five-year Anniversary

For five lucky years, MWA has had Designer Sarah Lundy on our team, and for that, we celebrate! As part of the Portland Housing Studio, Sarah works with a tight-knit …
Kate Kearney Kneeling In Front Of MWA Portland Team At Holiday Party

Kate Kearney’s First Year with MWA

MWA’s fearless Marketing Manager, Kate Kearney, joined us one year ago and immediately jumped into leading the marketing team, year-end planning, and what MWA lovingly refers to as “proposal-land.” Since …
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Careers, Promotions, and Finding Your Fit

Allison Plass’ Ten-year Journey with MWA With a lifetime of love for all things art and architecture, Allison has led graphics for MWA for ten years. A bright light at …
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Celebrating Trevor Gotfredson’s Fifth Anniversary with MWA

MWA has had the pleasure of working with Trevor Gotfredson for five years. A Designer for the San Francisco Infrastructure studio, Trevor has contributed to some of MWA’s largest water …
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Women in Architecture

MWA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee hosted our first firm-wide DEI forum last month. For an hour, our team met to listen, learn, and discuss DEI in the workplace. The …
How Access to Outdoor Space Affects Mental Health

How Access to Outdoor Space Affects Mental Health

Ever wonder why, when people are overwhelmed, a typical response is to go outside, take a walk, or exercise? Why do we often hear “I need to get some air” …
Reflecting on Black History Month

Reflecting on Black History Month

As we reflect on Black History Month, we are hopeful that everyone will continue to learn, grow, and discover something new about aspects of Black culture and history. It is …
Integrating Art & Architecture

Integrating Art & Architecture

As neighborhoods rapidly evolve with changing populations and new developments, it is important to acknowledge the community’s history and add new layers of beauty and richness to enhance placemaking. Integrating …
Graphic of Portland And San Francisco MWA

A Year of New Talent Pt. 7

We’ve celebrated so many talented people throughout the course of 2021, and these individuals are no different. We’re so excited to wrap up this year by highlighting three of MWA’s …
Jean and Greg at an M W A holiday party

Becoming a Principal: Greg and Jean’s Journey to MWA Leadership

MWA’s two newest Principals, Greg Robley and Jean von Bargen Root, reflect on their careers, how they lead effectively while working remotely, and their goals for the future. With sustainable …
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A Year of New Talent Pt. 6

Celebrating the one-year anniversaries of Erina Yamada, Amber Snowden, and Katerina Esparza As 2021 comes to a close, we’re celebrating the one-year anniversaries of three San Francisco designers. Erina and …
Architects Gather Around A Drafting Table

Celebrating 5 Years with Alex Harm

We’re celebrating Alex Harm’s 5-year Anniversary as a member of MWA’s San Francisco Infrastructure studio. With over ten years of architectural experience, he brings his expertise in technical detailing, design, …
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Ten Terrific Years with Nathan Streib

Celebrating ten years with MWA’s Portland Infrastructure studio is Architect Nathan Streib. As Project Manager on many of MWA’s large-scale infrastructure projects, Nathan is often the client-facing voice of our …
San Francisco And Portland

A Year of New Talent Pt. 5

Celebrating the one-year anniversaries of Ameilia Ashley, Shradhan Shrivastav, and Sophia Alberts-Willis. We are excited to commemorate one year with three designers from MWA’s Portland office. Their curiosity, drive, and …
MWA's 10 Tips for Thoughtful Lab Design

MWA’s 10 Tips for Thoughtful Lab Design

Designers typically tailor a workspace for current employees: focused on comfort, a collaborative atmosphere, and productivity. Laboratory workspaces are also geared towards employees, but an extra layer of criteria must …
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