Works Progress Architecture is an innovative architectural design studio with offices in Portland and Los Angeles. Formed in 2005, W.PA has established a design approach rooted in clear conceptual responses to each projects site, program, and environmental requirements. W.PA’s approach integrates extensive experience across a wide spectrum of project types, producing evocative and conceptually clear designs, threading a line between specificity and self-evident expression.

We have embraced a methodology that operates within the dimension of traditional architecture and a shared human experience. The simplest of gestures can describe the most ambitious of structures.

We continue the search for an expression based on a common denominator, a collective sensory empathy. We believe that there is a meaningful truth held within collective understanding.

We advocate for simplicity in the face of ever evolving complexity, for quiet amid the cacophony of the newest.

When a simple but comprehensive analogous construct evolves from an architectural program and is portrayed candidly, it can convey a deeper cultural and universally humanistic meaning. 



WPA BUILD Architecture Awards - Best Architectural Design Studio 2019 - Pacific Coast 

WPA BUILD Architecture Awards - Best Woman Led Mixed-Use Design Practice - Los Angeles 


WPA Architect Magazine: Architects Top 50 Firms Design Category Rank 20, Excellence Score 75.3

Carrie Strickland named AIA Fellow


Slate AIA Pacific Northwest Region Citation Award

Doppelganger AIA Portland Citation Award

Framework The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, American Architecture Award

Slate DJC Oregon TopProjects, First Place, Category: Mixed Use / New Construction

WPA Architect Magazine: Architects Top 50 Firms Design Category Rank 15, Excellence Score 82.3


W.PA Architect Magazine: Architects Top 50 Firms Design Category Rank 5, Excellence Score 93.1 

Framework Portland Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Award 

Framework US WoodWorks Wood Design Award Commercial Design 

Framework Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention 

Framework ArchDaily Building of the Year Finalist Offices 

Framework AIA Portland Merit Award

Framework AIA Portland Craftsmanship Award

Slate AIA Portland Honor Award

Slate AIA Portland Mayor's Honorable Mention


Langano Apartments AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award


Bowstring Truss House AIA Portland Built Merit 

Overton 19 AIA Portland Built Citation 

33rd & Division AIA Portland Built Citation 


W.PA AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Emerging Firm Award

Washougal Incubator Block AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Design Award 


Washougal Incubator Block AIA Portland Sustainability Award


Tandem Duo AIA Portland Built Honor

Overton Residence AIA Portland Unbuilt Merit

AIA Portland Unbuilt Citation

Tandem Duo AIA Portland Mayor‘s Award for Design Excellence


300b P/A (Progressive Architecture) Award

bSIDE6 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Built Citation

Olympic Mills Commerce Center AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Built Citation

Tandem Duo BIA Best Multi-Family Project

Prototype BIA Outstanding Architecture

bSIDE6 OCAPA Excellence in Concrete Award Commercial Category


bSIDE6 AIA Oregon Built Honor

Workforce Housing AIA Oregon Citation

Tandem Duo AIA Oregon Citation

W.PA Design Vanguard Architectural Record 


W.PA Portland Spaces Root Awards Rising Star

Olympic Mills Commerce Center Portland Spaces Root Awards Work/Lounge Runner Up

Theater 300b AIA Oregon Merit

Grow.PDX AIA Oregon Merit


Olympic Mills Commerce Center AIA Oregon Built Merit

enCased Houses AIA Oregon Merit

2631 NW Vaughn Street AIA Oregon Citation


bSIDE6 AIA Oregon Merit

W.PA Willamettee Week‘s »Best of Portland« Best New Purveyor of Architectural Porn


Yamhill Industrial Work Space AIA Oregon Merit

Olympic Mills Commerce Center AIA Oregon Citation