About Allied Works Architecture
Allied Works Architecture is a 40-person practice led by Brad Cloepfil from offices in Portland, Oregon and New York City. At Allied Works Architecture, we work to discover and distill the elemental principles that drive each building project. It is this essence, revealed in the architecture which resonates within a culture, creating new experience and understanding which endures through time.
The defining project of Allied Works is the Maryhill Overlook in the Columbia River Gorge, completed in 1998, the first of a series of five installation designs in diverse landscapes across the Pacific Northwest. It was followed by the design for Wieden + Kennedy Agency, the radical transformation of an historic warehouse in Portland’s Pearl District into a world headquarters that has become a benchmark for adaptive reuse and workplace architecture.
In recent years the practice has gone on to complete a number of critically acclaimed projects, including the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; the Dutchess County Residence Guest House; the re-design of 2 Columbus Circle for the Museum of Arts and Design; Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Dallas Arts District; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; and a new feature animation studio in Emeryville, California.
Current commissions include the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado; the National Music Centre of Canada; a private residence with a major installation by artist Doug Aitken located on 350 acres in Stanfordville, New York; the design of the East River Walk in New York City; a masterplan and new studio building for the Pacific Northwest College of Art; and the Vancouver Community Connector, a major civic space and structure, in Vancouver, Washington.
In 2010 leading architecture critic and historian Sandy Isenstadt defined Cloepfil’s work as “aiming to create oases of legibility, spaces that can look out upon the simultaneous contrasts of the modern world to appreciate them from a place no less complex, but one that unfolds over time, with repeated visits, rather than at the speed of a camera shutter, thereby rewarding continued occupation rather than just dazzling the eye.”
Brad Cloepfil studied architecture at the University of Oregon and went on to earn an advanced degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. After more than a decade of work and teaching in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Switzerland, Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon in 1994. The New York City office followed in 2003.
Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture. While studying at the University of Oregon, he drew inspiration from the vast landscape and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest. While studying in New York he was introduced to the simple yet profoundly resonant gestures of land and installation artists of that time.
His body of work is as informed by the land and the history of place as it is by formal training, and it is one that cuts a clear line through much of the infatuation with rhetoric and formal novelty surrounding the practice today. The approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the profoundly affecting possibilities of building.
In addition to leading all aspects of creative work at Allied Works, Cloepfil has held guest professorships and given talks on the work throughout North America and Europe.
In 2000 Terence Riley, a leading architecture critic and former chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, identified Cloepfil as an architect who is “setting the pace for the future” in the compendium of contemporary architecture, 10x10, published by Phaidon Press. Riley believes Cloepfil’s work “has a certain assuredness and grace that comes from an intimate knowledge of materials and constructive possibilities” and that “his natural tendency is to fulfill the potential of any theoretical project, to realize it in such a way as to test and perfect the building art.”
In 2007 Metropolis’ Andrew Blum noted Brad as being “an elementalist in an architecture culture in which image is king… a leading American architect of a new type: not a showman or a theorist, not a regionalist or a corporate architect, but a high-art practitioner with a burgeoning reputation for powerful, if subtle, buildings.”
In 2010 Sandy Isenstadt, an architecture historian and professor, described Cloepfil’s work as aiming “to create oases of legibility, spaces that can look out upon the simultaneous contrasts of the modern world to appreciate them from a place no less complex, but one that unfolds over time, with repeated visits, rather than at the speed of a camera shutter, thereby rewarding continued occupation rather than just dazzling the eye.”
Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, identified Cloepfil as a ‘2011 Face to Watch in the Arts’ along with two other international architects.
Kyle Lommen joined Allied Works’ Portland office in 1998. He served as Project Architect for Wieden + Kennedy’s World Headquarters and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Since 2003, he has served as the Principal-in-Charge on several major projects, and has had a significant impact on the development of every major project in the New York office. Among these projects are the Museum of Arts and Design and the 2004 competition-winning design for the East River Walk located between 42nd and 50th Streets on the Hudson River.
Kyle has also developed proposals for the Hudson Yards Boulevard Park, Hamilton College Arts Facilities, Bennington College Crossett Library Addition, Leroy Street Hotel for Ian Schrager Company, 15 Williams for André Balazs Properties, a new arts storage facility in Wisconsin and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Currently, he is the Principal-in-Charge for the National Music Centre of Canada and many other projects in both the Portland and New York offices.
Chris Bixby has worked at Allied Works Architecture since 1995, contributing in some way to nearly every project since then. During his tenure he has served as the Project Architect for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Project Lead on the Clyfford Still Museum.
Chris regularly participates in design juries for the University of Oregon and Portland State University architecture programs and has taught several terms of design studio at the University of Oregon as an assistant adjunct professor.
Chelsea Grassinger joined Allied Works Architecture in 2000 as a Project Architect. Prior to joining Allied Works, she worked with Rick Joy Architect in Tucson, AZ and at Arnal Bassol Fernandez y Associados in Mexico City.
During her tenure, Chelsea has been instrumental in realizing some of Allied Works’ most important projects. She has served as the Project Architect for the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s renovation, expansion, and exhibition furniture design, and as the Project Lead for the Caldera Arts Center Masterplanning. Chelsea has also provided support on the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Clyfford Still Museum as well as multiple private residences. Currently, she is the Project Lead on the National Music Centre of Canada.
Joining Allied Works in 1998, Dan Koch has acted as Project Architect and Job Captain for several of Allied Works’ important and technically challenging projects. Collaborating with Allied Works’ design teams and external consultants, Dan has been integral to the realization of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Caldera’s Hearth Building, 2281 Glisan Street, Seattle Art Museum, and the Clyfford Still Museum. He has also worked on numerous private residences.
Prior to joining Allied Works, Dan worked as exhibit coordinator and installer for The Getty Conservation Institute at the Oldavai Gorge Museum in Tanzania. He has worked for Pyatok Associates, Architects in Oakland, California on numerous housing and mixed-use projects and brings with him years of finish carpentry experience and craftsmanship gained while working on private residences in Santa Barbara, California and more recently, on his own furniture projects.
Keith Alnwick has worked on the research, design and development of major arts, educational and cultural projects since coming to Allied Works in 2000, including the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet, Seattle Art Museum, and Museum of Arts & Design, Clyfford Still Museum and the Feature Animation Facility.
In 2007, Keith was appointed Director of Research, and charged with supporting and integrating the promotional, educational and outreach efforts of the firm. He is also involved with new business pursuits and special projects, including Allied Works’ recent publications, exhibitions and installation projects for Bullseye Glass, the San Francisco Jewish Museum and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
As an educator, Keith has served as program director for Allied Works’ Caldera Arts Partnership program, and has held teaching positions for the Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon and the MFA program in Applied Craft & Design at Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Nathan joined Allied Works in 1997 as a member of the Wieden + Kennedy Agency World Headquarters project team, and returned in 2008 after serving as a Project Architect at THA Architects to oversee the documentation and completion of the Feature Animation Facility in Emeryville, California. Nathan was instrumental in refining the drawings, details and finishes for the facility, and ensuring the construction was executed to exacting specifications. His experience also includes the planning and design of a proposed Animation Studio in Glendale, California.
Currently, Nathan is the project architect on the new Catlin Gabel School Creative Arts Center in Portland as well as a new tasting room for Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton, Oregon. A licensed architect in the state of Oregon and a LEED Accredited Professional, Nathan has served as the lead construction administrator and sustainability coordinator for these innovative and technically challenging projects.
Brent Linden joined Allied Works Architecture in 2003. As a Lead Design Associate, he works directly with Brad Cloepfil to oversee the firm’s internal design teams in the creation, production, and external presentation of all design work.
In leading the design teams, he has developed the design for the Museum of Arts and Design, Clyfford Still Museum, National Music Centre of Canada, and Vancouver Community Connector. Brent has also been instrumental in several international competitions, including the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Botantical Research Institute of Texas, Hudson Yards Boulevard, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and a new arts storage facility in Wisconsin.
Prior to joining Allied Works, he gained experience at Rodriguez & Quiroga Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and David Guthrie Studio. In 2008 and 2010, Brent was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon.
Daniel Richmond joined Allied Works as a Project Architect and Job Captain in 2002. Previously, he served as a Project Architect at Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Germany where he worked on numerous proposals for the Denver Art Museum, Jewish Museum San Francisco, Imperial War Museum of the North, the Felix Nussbaum Museum and the extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
At Allied Works, Daniel has served as Job Captain for the Museum of Arts and Design and worked on Seattle Art Museum during schematic design. Currently, he is the Job Captain for the National Music Centre of Canada.
Rashmi Vasavada has been with Allied Works since 2007, and has worked on a range of projects including the Feature Animation Facility in Emeryville, California, and is currently the project architect for the Schnitzer Center for Art & Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
Prior to joining Allied Works, Rashmi worked as a project architect in the office of Randall Stout Architects in Los Angeles on a range of museum projects and served as a project designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York. She is a registered Architect in the state of California and is a LEED Accredited Professional.