OFFICE 52 | Scott Hall Featured in Competitions Annual 2015 publicationDecember, 2016

OFFICE 52’s winning competition entry for Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon University is featured in the 2015 annual publication of Competitions.

OFFICE 52 featured in Gray MagazineDecember, 2016

OFFICE 52 Architecture is highlighted in the current issue of Gray Magazine (December 2016/January 2017) by editor Jaime Gillin with an article by Brian Libby in which they discuss how our Portland office resembles an art studio workshop as much as an architecture firm and how we work seamlessly between hands-on analog and creative digital techniques. Link


OFFICE 52 lectures at Rice School of ArchitectureOctober 2016

OFFICE 52 Principals Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell spoke about design and the firm’s recent work at Farish Gallery at the Rice School of Architecture on October 14th, 2016.

OFFICE 52 wins CAS commission at The University of OregonMay, 2016

OFFICE 52 has been selected in a competitive interview process to design the new Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Oregon.  Prominently sited in the heart of the University of Oregon campus, the new building will include educational, academic advising, career services and administrative functions in an innovative design that looks beyond conventional and contemporary models of liberal arts education.

OFFICE 52 to speak at Opening Ceremony for Scott HallApril, 2016

OFFICE 52 is to speak on 4/30/16 at Carnegie Mellon University at the Opening Ceremony for Scott Hall, OFFICE 52 Architecture’s competition winning design for the new Nano-Bio-Energy Technologies Building on the campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Speakers include: James H. Garrett, Jr., Dean of the College of Engineering; Subra Suresh, President of Carnegie Mellon University; Isaac Campbell, who is one of the two principle Design Architects and O52 Co-Founder with Michelle LaFoe from Office 52 Architecture; Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott, whose generous donation funded both Scott Hall and the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; and John and Claire Bertucci, whose generous contribution resulted in the Bertucci Nanotechnology Laboratory, a maker space within the building.

CMU College of Engineering:  Press Release :  Carnegie Mellon Univeristy College of Engineering News : April 27, 2016 : “Carnegie Mellon University opens transformative new building for energy innovation.”

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OFFICE 52 Announces the opening of Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon UniversityApril, 2016

Isaac Campbell, Michelle LaFoe, Principals at OFFICE 52 Architecture, are pleased to announce the official opening of Scott Hall, Carnegie Mellon University’s  new Nano-Bio-Energy Technologies building.

Only nine months after founding our Portland design practice, we won the commission to design this new 109,000 square-foot colalborative research building in an invited national design competition that originally included seventeen firms. OFFICE 52’s innovative design for Scott Hall transforms a challenging infill site and creates a new home for the College of Engineering, also known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT).  Scott Hall houses the following research groups and institutes:

Biomedical Engineering – With a strong collaborative and multidisciplinary culture, the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) introduces a wide range of cutting-edge science and technologies for the improvement of human health.

Engineering Research Accelerator – Formerly known as the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), The Engineering Research Accelerator fosters collaboration and multidisciplinary, high-impact research between Carnegie Mellon University, industry, and government agencies in areas such as engineered materials, devices, and conception of processes and systems.

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation – This is a university-wide research initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable, smart, relevant, reliable and sustainably operational sources. The Institute’s focus includes the development of intelligent processes and materials in tandem to the understanding of energy and public policy.

The Claire and John Bertucci Nanotechnology Laboratory and Cleanroom – This 11,000 square foot Nanofabrication Clean Room features research capabilities in nanotechnology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), magnetics, micro-robotics and miniature device manufacturing. Within there is space for up to three electron beam machines.  The facility features energy saving systems and a beautiful green roof garden atop that becomes the landscaped extension of the traditional Hornbostel Mall.

The Disruptive Health Technologies Institute – DHTI is an environment where disruptive health care innovations are clinically tested and rapidly delivered to patients. CMU researchers will lead the development of engineering, science, biomedical and health care delivery technologies in partnership with new institute clinicians.

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OFFICE 52 Design Week Portland Open House ReceptionApril, 2016

Please join us for an event!

Event:  OFFICE 52 Architecture’s celebration of Design Week Portland with an Open House Reception and Exhibition of “Drawing Dialogues: Tools and Everyday Objects,” charcoal works on Strathmore 400 series paper by O52 co-founder Michelle LaFoe

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time:  4:00 – 7:00 pm

Location:  The O52 studio at 107 SE Washington Street, Suite 450 (fourth floor), catered by Olympia Provisions

O52 Design Week Portland Link 2016

O52 Design Week Portland 2016 Eventbrite Open House Registration Link


OFFICE 52 | House C featured in today’s print edition of the OregonianApril, 2016

Featured in today’s Oregonian (print edition, 4/2/16), OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for House C in Portland, Oregon in an article by Janet Eastman, who discusses our design process and our use of physical models to explore ideas in conjunction with 3D computer drawings. Link

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OFFICE 52 | House C featured on OregonLiveMarch, 2016

OFFICE 52’s design for House C in Portland, Oregon is  featured on OregonLive  in the 3/23/16 digital edition in an article by Janet Eastman in which she discusses our design process and the importance of physical study models in the conceptual visualization of the projects in the OFFICE 52 studio practice.  These physical models are tactile components of our design process that give clients a better understanding of the spaces and their relationship to the site in a project.  We use these models in tandem with sophisticated 3D visualization and computer drawings.

The Oregonian/OregonLive: Link

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OFFICE 52 | House C featured in The Wall Street JournalMarch, 2016

The House C residence designed by OFFICE 52 Architecture as well as quotes from our clients are featured in the Real Estate section of The Wall Street Journal  in the March 2, 2016 digital edition and the March 4, 2016 print edition.  Article by Nancy Keates, “A New House Rises From the Ashes.”  @WSJ @WSJRealEstate @office52arch #office52architecture #office52arch #house #home

WSJ Digital Edition: Link

Print edition PDF link (coming soon).

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Michelle LaFoe Interviewed for Portland ArchitectureFebruary, 2016

An interview of OFFICE 52 Co-founder and Principal, Michelle LaFoe, AIA, Architect + Artist, on Brian Libby’s portland architecture website. Link




OFFICE 52 featured in World Forestry Institute ExhibitJanuary 2016

Join Michelle LaFoe + Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture for the exhibition of our hand fabricated wooden studio model of our design for the Warming Hut Structure, one of three components of an ensemble entitled, “Red, Yellow, Blue.”  The Exhibition of Wooden Architectural Models showcases models by designers and architects and is sponsored by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and the World Forestry Center.

Opening Reception on Thursday, January 14, 2016 , 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Opening reception registration: Link

Exhibition dates: 1/15/16 – 2/26/16

Location: World Forestry Center, Merlo Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR. 97221

Exhibit Information: Link

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Michelle LaFoe of OFFICE 52 to speak at 2016 CAA Annual ConferenceFebruary, 2016

Join Michelle LaFoe on February 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. for the Annual College Art Association Conference, where she was invited to talk about OFFICE 52 Architecture’s studio process of design in which they interweave advanced digital processes|technology with contemporary craft techniques and the materiality of glass for their design of Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon University.

The talk is entitled, “Sublime Transformation with Dichroic Glass and Ceramic Glass Frit at Carnegie Mellon University.”

On Thursday, 2/4/16, in the session “Window/Lens/Mirror: The Materiality of Glass in Modern and Contemporary Art.”  Link.

House C featured on AIA Portland Homes Tour and in The OregonianSeptember 2015

OFFICE 52’s House C is to be featured on the AIA Portland Homes Tour on October 3, 2015.  Tour tickets are available through AIA Portland and the Center for Architecture.  See the feature article in The Oregonian here: Link.  For event information: Link.  For event tickets: Link.


Dichroic Glass Curtainwall Goes up on Scott Hall at Carnegie MellonAugust 2015

The unitized curtainwall is now up on Scott Hall’s south facing Collaboratory.  The dichroic glass sunshades and ceramic frit create an ever changing pattern of light, shadow and color.

Michelle LaFoe presents what inspires her at PKNight PDX – Vol. 16June 17, 2015

See Michelle LaFoe of OFFICE 52 presenting what inspires her at PKNight PDX – Vol. 16.  Link

First Dichroic Glass Sun Shades on Scott HallApril, 2015

The first dichroic glass sun shades are up on Scott Hall.  Installation will continue through April and May.

OFFICE 52 presents “Weaving Disciplines: Recent Work”April, 2015

Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 will present their firm’s recent work at Portland State University’s School of Architecture – Friday Forum on May 1, 2015.  Friday Forum events are held at 4:00 PM in the Shattuck Hall Annex.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Curtainwall Goes Up on Scott HallApril, 2015

DM Products began the installation of the unitized curtainwall on the North Wing of Scott Hall over Junction Hollow.  The panels are lifted into place from inside the building.

Preparation for a Big PourApril, 2015

Carnegie Mellon is preparing to pour over 300 cubic yards of concrete for the roof of the new Clean Room in the Bertucci Wing of Scott Hall.

OFFICE 52 Unveils Preliminary Designs for UC San Diego’s New Academic Learning CenterFebruary, 2015

OFFICE 52 has been commissioned by UC San Diego to provide preliminary designs for the University’s new 60,000 square-foot Academic Learning Center.  Located on a complex site along the Ridge Walk in Muir College, the new center will weave together programs for the University’s re-imagined Craft Center, an innovative Academic Learning Center and flexible departmental space for academic functions.  Project Link

OFFICE 52 to lecture at the University of HartfordFebruary, 2015

As part of the Spring lecture series at the University of Hartford’s Department of Architecture, OFFICE 52 will present ‘Weaving Disciplines: The Recent Work of OFFICE 52’ on Wednesday, March 4th at 4:00 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public.

House ‘C’ Construction UnderwayDecember 3, 2014

Construction of this 3,000 square foot, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home in inner SE Portland began three weeks ago.   Framing is expected to be mostly complete by the end of the year.  Project Link

Scott Hall ConstructionNovember 15, 2014

Jendoco Construction has completed major steel erection for Carnegie Mellon’s new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall.  Curtainwall is due to begin arriving in early 2015.

Sherman and Joyce Scott Tour Scott Hall ConstructionNovember 15, 2014

Sherman and Joyce Scott toured the construction of Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon with Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52, staff from the University and other members of the design and construction team.

Design Discourse Exchange with Sara HustonOctober 9, 2014

As part of Design Week, Portland, Michelle LaFoe of OFFICE 52 will be part of a panel discussion hosted by Sara Huston.  The panel will be held at the University of Oregon Portland Center, 70 NW Couch Street from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 9th.  This event is sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts Product Design Program.  (Link)

Scott Hall is RisingSeptember 30, 2014

Jendoco Construction topped out the steel on Scott Hall this week and began installation of the large sloping tubular columns on the lower hillside.

Scott Hall Dichroic Glass Mock-upAugust 28, 2014

The design and construction team reviewed an amazing mock-up for Scott Hall’s curtainwall that included demonstrations of OFFICE 52’s custom designed ceramic frit pattern and two colors of dichroic glass sunshades.

OFFICE 52 Unveils Design for Refshaleoen Redevelopment in CopenhagenAugust 16, 2014

OFFICE 52 has unveiled it’s competition proposal for the redevelopment of a large waterfront site in the Refshaleoen District of Copenhagen, Denmark. The design is focused around a new park and features a 125 meter sculptural observation tower that is also a major renewable energy platform.  The park is designed as a destination location in a new recreational and entertainment district.  It combines cultural and recreational program elements with cutting edge renewable energy technologies to create a demonstrable example of public artistry and positive energy generation that will build public support for Copenhagen’s aggressive goals for carbon neutrality by the year 2025.  (Link)

Michelle LaFoe featured in the Alumni SpotlightJuly 31, 2014

OFFICE 52 Principal Michelle LaFoe is featured in the Alumni Spotlight of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  (Link)

Scott Hall is risingJuly 22, 2014

Construction is underway on Carnegie Mellon University’s new 109,000 SF interdisciplinary science and engineering building. Jendoco Construction Company, the University’s CM|GC for the project, is completing work on the building’s foundations and steel is about to begin erection.  (Link)

SCUP-49 tours Scott Hall in PittsburghJuly 16, 2014

Scott Hall was featured in the official campus tour of Carnegie Mellon University as part of SCUP-49 in Pittsburgh.  Attendees were given a guided tour of the campus with members of the University’s staff from Campus Design and Facility Development.  OFFICE 52 was on hand to give participants a personal description of the building’s design and its complex site.

OFFICE 52 Lectures at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of ArchitectureApril 7, 2014

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 lectured at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture as part of the their Spring Lecture Series.  The lecture was held at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  See the video here:  (Link)

OFFICE 52 Unveils New WebsiteMarch 12, 2014

OFFICE 52 unveiled its new website with improved navigation, more featured projects and greater flexibility.

Scott Hall featured in CE magazineMarch 12, 2014

Scott Hall is featured in an article by Robert Reid in the March issue of CE Magazine. (PDF)

OFFICE 52 Presents Scott Hall Design to Carnegie Museum of ArtMarch 1, 2014

OFFICE 52, with staff from Carnegie Mellon, presented the design of the University’s Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall to leadership from the Carnegie Museum of Art.  Participants included Museum Director, Lynn Zelevansky, Deputy Director, Sarah Minnart, and Raymund Ryan, Co-Curator of the Heinz Architectural Center.

Construction Web cam – Scott HallOctober 15, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University initiates web cams for the construction of Scott Hall. (Link)

Carnegie Mellon Recieves $30 Million Gift for ResearchJune 30, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University announces a $30 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to support energy research and the building of Scott Hall. (Link)

The Sunday OregonianMarch 3, 2013

OFFICE 52 featured in The Sunday Oregonian. (Link)

Scott HallJanuary 13, 2013

Scott Hall receives funding from the Eden Hall Foundation for energy and biomedical research. (Link)

OFFICE 52 to Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of ArchitectureDecember 10, 2012

OFFICE 52 is pleased to announce that we have been invited to lecture at Carnegie Mellon University as part of the School of Architecture’s spring 2013 lecture series. Isaac Campbell will speak about the founding of OFFICE 52 with his partner Michelle LaFoe and their design for Carnegie Mellon’s new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall. The lecture will be held on Monday, February 4th at 6:00 PM at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. (Link)

Scott Hall Groundbreaking CeremoniesOctober 16, 2012

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 addresses campus leaders and distinguished guests at the groundbreaking ceremonies for Carnegie Mellon University’s new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall. (Link)

Video of Scott Hall Groundbreaking CeremoniesOctober 10, 2012

See the video of the groundbreaking ceremonies for Carnegie Mellon University’s new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall.

Scott Hall GroundbreakingSeptember 21, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University breaks ground on the new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall designed by OFFICE 52. (Link)

Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy InnovationSeptember 20, 2012

CMU announces the new Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation to be housed in the new building designed by OFFICE 52. (Link)

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering Press ReleaseJune 10, 2012

New Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building will transform CMU

Dean KhoslaFebruary 13, 2012

CMU’s Dean Khosla talks about OFFICE 52’s design for the University’s new Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building.  (Link)

OFFICE 52 wins design competition for Nano Bio Energy Technologies BuildingAugust 5, 2011

OFFICE 52 has been selected from among 17 teams overall and from among 4 finalists in a national design competition for the commission to design Carnegie Mellon University’s new Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building. The new 78,000 SF building will provide essential collaborative research facilities for Nano Science, Materials Characterization, Biomedical Engineering and Energy research.

OFFICE 52 Invited to submit for new Nano-Bio-Energy Technologies BuildingApril 25, 2011

OFFICE 52 is among 17 design firms that have been invited to submit their qualifications for a new interdisciplinary building for science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

OFFICE 52 awarded Messiah College campus planning studyMarch 15, 2011

OFFICE 52 has been awarded a campus wide planning study for Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania working in association with the Office for Planning and Architecture (OPA).