The Pacific Northwest College of Art is a private art college located in downtown Portland. Allied Works and PNCA are working together to plan for the expansion of the institution and its programs, and to establish a long-term vision for the school that accommodates its physical growth and the addition of new programs.
Completed in 2005, The Master Plan addresses programming, property acquisition strategies and facilities utilization over a 20-year period. At the same time, it identifies a number of independent and transferrable strategies that give expression to PNCA’s educational vision and enhance the college’s connections and presence both locally and internationally. One of the principal goals of the master plan was to give PNCA a clear and cohesive identity within a changing urban setting. Numerous models to achieve this were considered, from the overall organization and distribution of facilities to less concrete factors such as outreach programs, temporary installations, events, signage and wayfinding.
Currently, Allied Works and PNCA are acting upon this plan to develop their current and future properties. This includes the restoration and redesign of two buildings—the Goodman Building, an industrial structure that serves as the college’s current home, and 511 Broadway, a registered historic building that anchors the city’s North Park Blocks. The renovated 511 building is be the home of PNCA’s new MFA program, and features demonstration galleries, an information center, auditorium and artist studios.