Carrie Strickland, AIA & Bill Neburka, AIA: Works Partnership Architecture

Homesteading the Frame: Warehouse Structures as Creative Workspaces

Website: Works Partnership Architecture

Architects and Principals of WPA, Carrie Strickland and Bill Neburka are focused on the possibilities of how cellular environments can adapt to a revolving cycle of inhabitants.

The attraction to frame buildings (warehouse structures) being adapted to creative workspace in Portland is a fairly recent phenomena but the notions behind the frame is quite historic. Frame buildings allow for ultimate flexibility in use, not just for one singular moment in time. Frames are literally architecture’s equivalent of a sheet of graph paper, anonymous and universal, but expectant with future particularities. How a structure’s architecture is informed and might be inspired by framed, cellular space will be discussed in an engaging conversation at the Curiosity Club.

Carrie Strickland and Bill Neburka founded the Works Partnership Architecture in 2005 and have been pushing the opportunities of architectural design ever since. Today, the bulk of their built work is commercial or mixed use. Their aesthetic is stripped down and industrial; they think of themselves as pragmatists. One of their most elegant buildings, BSide6, is a vastly updated version of the arcaded structures that gave one stretch of Portland’s east side its unique character.