OFFICE 52 is a multidisciplinary design firm founded by Isaac Campbell and Michelle LaFoe based in Portland, Oregon. Working at the intersection of architecture, planning, design, and the visual arts, we seek to more effectively address the complex challenges of our contemporary built environment. Collectively we bring over 30 years of design experience to our practice with depth in an array of project types ranging from small scale residential, adaptive reuse, infill projects, and furniture design to medium and large scale projects for education and research, art centers, museums, commercial development, transportation, precinct plans, and master plans. With this experience, we have become seasoned collaborators, skilled at leading multidisciplinary teams to create innovative designs.
Our design process begins with research, analysis, and exploration in a variety of media, including sketches, physical models and digital media, seeking to discover the unique qualities of each site and project. We believe in the art of creative problem-solving with flexible thinking. Our approach is an open-ended and iterative process of imagining, making testing and re-imagining, and, as such, we continuously explore our ideas in physical study models throughout the design process. We research material options and experiment with appropriate sustainable choices, dependent on project purpose and location. It is a process with no preconceived solutions. Rather, we view it as a creative journey that we take with our clients as active participants.
We believe that architecture is the positive act of making places with ephemeral qualities that inspire people every day while also fulfilling their functional needs. This requires both pragmatism and critical analysis combined with strong conceptual and imaginative thinking to create designs that are simple and practical while also being inspirational and memorable. We believe in the beauty of craftsmanship, materials and the art of making things. Nothing is arbitrary: all decisions contribute to the gracefulness of a design. We understand that our designs are a legacy that should outlive us in their service of people and communities and that we will be judged by the quality and sustainability of what we leave for future generations.