“Case Work”

When will Brad Cloepfil buildings rise in Portland?

The city's best architect can be seen inside the Portland Art Museum, but rarely on the city's streets

By BRIAN LIBBY

This summer, the work of architect Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, has been a leading story in in local design and arts circles in a way that has, for all the acclaim justifiably heaped on the firm over the past decade, rarely been the case. With the Portland Art Museum’s “Case Work” exhibit (running through September 4), an imaginatively conceived retrospective of the firm’s work, as well as a soon-to-be-completed renovation of the mid-century Pietro Belluschi designed Oregonian headquarters on Broadway downtown, Allied is finally starting to make its mark on the city again.

The Portland Art Museum's "Case Work" exhibit documented the Brad Cloepfil process at Allied Works/Photo by Brian Libby

The Portland Art Museum’s “Case Work” exhibit documented the Brad Cloepfil process at Allied Works/Photo by Brian Libby

What’s yet to be determined, though, is whether the firm’s genius for transforming old buildings is pigeonholing Cloepfil and his group of talents when they should be designing a lot of new architecture for the city.

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