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Job Opportunity Available: Job Captain / Project Architect

Carleton Hart Architecture focuses on projects that are community based and people oriented. CHA has a diverse range of projects, including mixed-use developments, multifamily and special-needs housing, community and cultural centers, civic buildings, aviation, and general commercial developments. Our 30-person firm is a dynamic team of problem solvers, creatives and collaborators that share a sincere interest in developing projects that have a positive impact. CHA strives to create architecture that seamlessly integrates the program with the natural and social environments.

Carleton Hart Architecture seeks a collaborative individual with a balance of technical knowledge, design ability, communication skills, and leadership qualities. We are looking for a job captain/ project architect to work, learn, and have fun with us.


– Bachelor or Master Degree from an accredited school of architecture

– 5-10 years of experience in a professional architectural firm

– Proficiency in Revit, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite programs

– Ability to lead project team through design research, documentation, coordination, and construction

– Technical knowledge of architectural and engineering components of buildings and their interrelationships

– Interest in contributing to all phases of a project from pre-design services through construction administration

– Strong verbal, written, and graphic skills necessary to communicate concepts and solutions to project team, client, and the public

– Team player who is self-motivated, detail-oriented and has strong design sensibilities

– Experience in Commercial and Aviation projects




To apply, send cover letter, resume and portfolio to Please no follow up phone calls, walk-ins or emails.

CHA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Beatrice Morrow Groundbreaking

We had a successful groundbreaking for the Beatrice Morrow project with PCRI, Gerding Edlen, and Colas Construction. Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, PCRI’s Maxine Fitzpatrick, and Dr. Holt spoke about the significance of this project to the NE neighborhood. Read more here.


Clifford Apartments

The Clifford Apartments is a four-story historic building within the East Portland/Grand Avenue National Historic District. The building provides 88 units, gathering spaces, and a new counseling center. The rehabilitation project provides upgrades to security, accessibility, resident amenities, and the exterior facade. The project prioritizes restoring the building’s historic character through cleaning brickwork, adding a new storefront entry and canopy, and updating residential windows to serve as a positive residential environment.


Sista in the Brotherhood film screening

In honor of International Women’s Day, AIA Portland | The Center for Architecture and Howard S. Wright Construction Co. sponsored a screening of “Sista in the Brotherhood,” a short film that follows a black tradeswoman on a new job site and examines the sexist and racist discrimination experienced everyday by women in the trades. The screening was followed by a discussion with Dawn Jones Redstone the film’s director, and Portland State University Professor Roberta Hunte (who served as the film’s co-producers) and Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT from Ankrom Moisan Architects regarding the state of diversity, equity, and discrimination in the profession. The discussion was moderated by Carleton Hart staff, Julia Mollner.

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Office Construction Tour at Hill Park Apartments

Construction is progressing at the Hill Park Apartments. We love to get out of the office and take a firsthand look at projects-in-construction whenever we get the chance. On March 2, a group of CHA-ers toured Hill Park Apartments. Built on a difficult site at a busy intersection near downtown Portland, Hill Park provides affordable studio and one bedroom apartments. The design utilizes staggered studs to maximize energy efficiency, solar panels to generate part of the building’s power on site, and remedies the previous petroleum contamination of the former gas station. Thanks to Colas Construction Inc, Central City Concern, Gerding Edlen and the rest of the project team for the tour!


Grand Opening of NAYA Generations

CHA proudly attended the Grand Opening of the NAYA Generations yesterday, celebrating the Native American Youth and Family Association’s completion of their 40 home, inter-generational community.  The mission of NAYA Generations is to provide stability and support for children in foster care, parents wishing to adopt, and community elders looking to support younger generations.  Thank you to NAYA, Guardian Real Estate, LMC Construction, BC Group, Portland Public Schools, OHCS, NOAH, PHB, Enterprise Community Investment, JP Morgan Chase, Meyer Memorial Trust and the rest of the team who brought this project to life.

Hampton Inn & Suites – on the boards

Hampton Inn & Suites is a redevelopment of a 1980s vintage motel in the Portland Metro area. The 118-unit hotel provides a modern destination with an indoor pool, conference center, and restaurant bar. Through carefully planned guest rooms, the design focuses on the user experience and draws inspiration from the travel needs of modern business and family travel. The project provides exterior and interior material upgrades, replacement of mechanical systems to reduce energy consumption, and combines heat and power boilers to further reduce energy use. Construction expected to begin Summer 2017.

City of Portland Fire Stations

Working with the City of Portland to renovate three fire stations, the design focuses on sustainable and accessible measures to enhance the livability of each station. The design focuses on seismic reinforcement, accessible standards, emergency medical standards, energy conservation. The building provides ample daylight, healthy materials and natural ventilation to the firefighters. While each fire station varies in size, the projects provide new sleeping accommodations for female firefighters within the existing building, while maintaining community and amenity spaces for the whole team.


Children’s Receiving Center

The Children’s Receiving Center is a multi-building service campus including a new group home and renovation of two existing office buildings. Working with a consortium of social service providers, City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon child advocacy agencies, and the law enforcement community, the project serves the needs of abused and neglected children. The new home provides short-term living for sixteen children in a safe and monitored environment. It provides a 15,000 square feet building for service providers, a health clinic, and family visitation rooms, and a 25,000 square feet building for police, district attorneys and Oregon State personnel. The design team assisted with goal setting, project feasibility research, site selection, building assessment, master planning, and programming. With a focus on safety and protection, the team maintained current operations around abuse prosecution and protection, while creating a new home-like environment for the children.

Dental Clinic TI

Located in the Rockwood Town Center area of Gresham, Rockwood Plaza includes the renovation of two existing apartment buildings as well as a new 4-story mixed-use building on the same site. The new building includes a ground floor non-profit dental clinic and administrative offices for a non-profit medical provider.  The new dental clinic is operated by The Wallace Medical Concern and serves more than 3,000 people per year.  It is also a training site for the OHSU School of Dentistry. The design includes flexibility for future expansion of the dental office or reuse of the space for a new purpose.

Woody Guthrie – on the boards

Woody Guthrie Place is a 64-unit multifamily, mixed income apartment building in Lents Town Center. The four story building includes one, two and three bedrooms units, a community room, outdoor plaza, play area and a roof-top exterior deck. The design draws inspiration from the 1940s when Woody Guthrie landed in Portland’s Lents neighborhood and settled his family. Those modest accommodations served as his studio and the working class ethic of the neighborhood fueled his song writing.  Woody Guthrie’s time in Oregon was brief, but the songs he wrote for the Bonneville Power Administration captured the spirit of the time and continue to resonate today.

The Beatrice Morrow – on the boards

Beatrice Morrow is an 80-unit multifamily low income apartment building along MLK Boulevard. The five story development includes one, two, and three bedroom units, 2,500 square feet of amenities, and ground floor commercial space. There is a central courtyard that provides ample outdoor space for the residents. As a former brownfield site, the development of this project draws inspiration from the historic neighborhood in NE Portland and is a much needed reinvestment in the African American community. The ground floor retail intends to provide leased office and restaurant space for minority businesses and add to the vibrant historic community.

Bridge Meadows Beaverton

Building off of the success of the first Bridge Meadows in NE Portland, this project is a complex of two elderly apartment buildings, three family triplexes and one community building. Bridge Meadows Beaverton is an inter-generational community providing the Northwest with an innovative model of foster care and community development. The model pairs permanent homes for children adopted from the foster care system with the support of honorary grandparents and mentors within the larger community. The community provides an expansive, internal courtyard shared between all the buildings. The community building provides additional community space, counseling offices, and a central space for the residents to gather.

Micro Restaurant TI

In the Beaverton Old Town Regional Center, LaScala’s mixed-use development serves ground floor, micro-restaurant tenants. The tenants offer a variety of food and drink, alongside a full-service bar. The TI design grew from the concept of “indoor food carts” and expresses the industrial neighborhood with exposed concrete and wood accents. Fronting Lombard Ave, the micro restaurants adjoin a common dining area with larger garage doors to enhance the patron and pedestrian experience. The warm materials and welcoming atmosphere acts as an anchor to the fast-growing sub-district.

Construction at Bridge Meadows Beaverton is underway!


Construction is underway! We enjoy working with Bridge Meadows and Walsh Construction again as Bridge Meadows builds on the success of their first development in North Portland.  Bridge Meadows Beaverton will bring 41 new units of inter-generational housing to Central Beaverton to build place, permanence, and purpose for foster youth, adoptive parents, and elders.  It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

Check out the groundbreaking featured on KOIN:

Hawthorne East

Hawthorne East Apartments is part of the Portland Housing Bureau’s 11X13 Housing Preservation Campaign to renovate 11 privately owned affordable apartment buildings in Portland. The seven story reinforced masonry and precast concrete building was constructed in 1982. In 2013, Northwest Housing Alternatives acquired the building and preserved the Section 8 vouchers associated with the units serving seniors and disabled residents. With a focus on accessible and sustainable features, the renovation includes a reoriented main building entry, a new accessible ramp and direct access to Hawthorne Blvd and nearby public transportation. The design team worked skillfully with the renovation challenges presented to maintain livability for the residents while under construction.

The Bronaugh

The Bronaugh is a low-income, senior living apartment building in NW Portland. Originally built in 1905, it is one of the oldest remaining apartment buildings in Portland. As a building on the Historic Registry, the design team worked to maintain the original, eclectic architectural details such as the semi-circular arched openings, bracketed overhanging eaves, decorative egg and dart molding, and ornamented frieze and bay window panels. Respecting both the architecture and the residents, the building’s need for accessible and seismic upgrades was critical. The Bronaugh has a full seismic, structural upgrade while maintaining the atmosphere of the interior stucco-clad courtyard.

The Magnolia

The Magnolia is a 50-unit low income apartment building along MLK Boulevard. The five story buliding includes one and two bedroom units, 1,500 square feet of amenity space and 2,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. The design drew inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood and serves as a catalyst for respectful development along the vibrant MLK corridor. With a focus on the urban context and sustainable design, the building mass steps down to the adjacent residential homes, incorporates private balconies and recessed ground floor patios, and utilizes daylighting strategies, which provide personal space and access to an lively streetscape.