Having recently celebrated her firm’s 10th anniversary in Portland, Oregon, Risa Boyer is wholly invested in her local AIA chapter and the city’s ethos of sustainable architecture.

The dark wood floors were replaced by light-colored terrazzo that gives the interiors a brighter feel.

Guided by the belief that good design can happen with any budget, Risa of the award-winning boutique practice Risa Boyer Architecture has tackled projects both large and small, from midcentury-modern renovations to energy-efficient, mixed-use developments.

Risa Boyer is one of our judges for the Best of Design 2018 Awards. Be sure to cast your vote—community voting is open from November 1-26.

Her journey into architecture started at a young age, when her mother fleshed out Risa’s childhood interest in design magazines and beautiful buildings with trips to Frank Lloyd Wright exhibits and gifts of architecture books. 

Convinced of a future in architecture by the age of 10, Risa went on to earn her Bachelor of Architecture at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) and, in 2006, launched her full-service architecture firm in Los Angeles before moving her practice north to Portland in 2008.

After having featured some of her exquisite projects, we’re now honored to have Boyer serve as a judge for Dwell’s inaugural Best of Design Awards. Scroll on to see a sampling of her work.

Makers Row

Flooded with natural light, Makers Row is a new mixed-use building in Northeast Portland that combines 19 apartments with ground-floor commercial space in a highly energy-efficient envelope.

Flooded with natural light, Makers Row is a new mixed-use building in Northeast Portland that combines 19 apartments with ground-floor commercial space in a highly energy-efficient envelope.

Courtesy Risa Boyer

In Portland's leafy Mt. Tabor neighborhood, this renovation project involved modern upgrades to a midcentury-modern home.

In Portland’s leafy Mt. Tabor neighborhood, this renovation project involved modern upgrades to a midcentury-modern home.

Jeremy Bittermann

See the full story on Dwell.com: Acclaimed Architect Risa Boyer Reinvents Indoor/Outdoor Living

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