Works Progress Architecture is a progressive architectural design studio with offices in Portland and Los Angeles. Carrie Strickland and William Neburka launched W.PA together in 2005. W.PA has since established a design approach rooted in clear conceptual diagrams applied across a wide spectrum of project types while responding to individual site, program, and environmental requirements. W.PA’s approach walks a line between sexy and stern and echoes simplicity in the face of ever evolving complexity, a quiet amid the cacophony of the newest.


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. 

Awards


2017

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

 

2016 

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



2015

Langano Apartments AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award


2014

Bowstring Truss House AIA Portland Built Merit 

Overton 19 AIA Portland Built Citation 

33rd & Division AIA Portland Built Citation 


2013

W.PA AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Emerging Firm Award

Washougal Incubator Block AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Design Award 


2012

Washougal Incubator Block AIA Portland Sustainability Award


2011

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


2010

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


2009

bSIDE6 AIA Oregon Built Honor

Workforce Housing AIA Oregon Citation

Tandem Duo AIA Oregon Citation

W.PA Design Vanguard Architectural Record 


2008

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


2007

Olympic Mills Commerce Center AIA Oregon Built Merit

enCased Houses AIA Oregon Merit

2631 NW Vaughn Street AIA Oregon Citation



2006

bSIDE6 AIA Oregon Merit

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


2005

Yamhill Industrial Work Space AIA Oregon Merit

Olympic Mills Commerce Center AIA Oregon Citation