The Center for Architecture is committed to the
transformative power of design.

Through collaboration with communities, thought leaders, and professionals, the Center for Architecture works to catalyze action to address the most challenging issues of the 21st century.

Who We Are

The Center for Architecture is an Oregon non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of architecture, design, urban planning and the role of the built environment in our quality of life.  It was founded in 2008 by the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Portland,) and is located in the heart of Portland's internationally celebrated Pearl District.

The CFA serves as a cultural venue and resource for everyone interested in the built environment - offering an extensive calendar of special events, exhibitions, presentations, architectural walking tours, and films.  The original structure, built in 1880, has been transformed into a highly sustainable facility that both inspires and sustains an ongoing dialogue about architecture and design.


2017 Board of Directors

Brian Cavanaugh, AIA, AIBC, NCARB

Brian Cavanaugh is a Principal and Co-Founder of Architecture Building Culture (ABC). With over 20 years of experience, Brian has demonstrated a unique commitment to the practice of architecture and played a critical leadership role in his community. His record of design excellence, his contributions to academic and non-profit institutions, and his positions on municipal boards, all speak to a career built on a deeply held belief in the value of the architecture profession and its potential to serve the public good. 

The work that Brian has been associated with has won numerous design awards - including local and state design awards from the American Institute of Architects - and been published throughout the world. In 2012 Brian received the Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. In 2014 ABC was awarded the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Emerging Firm of the Year Award


Dave Otte, AIA, LEED AP

Dave is a principal with Holst Architecture with over 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Skilled in conceptual visioning, he pursues elegant solutions to his clients’ complex programmatic needs, remaining dedicated to architecture that is modern, appropriate, and sustainable. 

Dave’s focus at Holst is social impact by design, helping create affordable housing and services for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. He is also an active member of the architecture community. After helping design the PDX Center for Architecture and serving as an AIA Portland board member and volunteer, he was elected AIA Portland President in 2015.


Agata Ramallo Garcia

Agata is the General Manager of Nike’s Global Sustainability CoE (GSCOE), a center of excellence dedicated to supporting the integration of sustainable business practices across Nike Inc. The GSCOE team is part of the broader Sustainable Business & Innovation organization, and a global resource for sustainability subject matter expertise and information at Nike Inc.

In her current position, Agata leads the day-to-day operations of the GSCOE team and oversees the deployment of key sustainability services to the business such as strategic planning, predictive analytics, performance management, and change management. Among other efforts the GSCOE team oversees the development of sustainability strategies and business cases, leads the operations of Nike’s sustainability indices, and the drives the development of Nike Inc.’ Corporate Responsibility report. 

Previously, Agata was responsible for strategic planning, change management, and program/project management at Nike in the US and Europe, across several functions, including corporate responsibility, supply chain, finance and information technology. Before joining Nike, Agata worked at IBM in The Netherlands.


Justin Paterson, PMP, LEED AP

In the mid-1990’s, Justin crawled out of the White Mountains into Portland, Maine, where he boarded a bus to Portland, Oregon. He spent his first years here working in non-profits, writing grants, and climbing rocks. A graduate of Connecticut College with a degree in Anthropology, Justin has done field work on the coast of Kenya; taught in townships in South Africa; and led sailing and canoeing courses for Outward Bound. He has been working in the built environment for over 20 years, first in business development and marketing for architects and contractors, and currently as a Project Manager at Hoffman Construction. He has served on boards and advisory committees for Outward Bound, Portland Business Alliance and the Wind and Oar Boat School, and has taught marketing classes at PSU and OSU. 
Justin likes finding out-of-the-way places to places to launch kayaks, making huge piles of sawdust in his driveway while listening to NPR, and chasing wind on the Columbia River.


Sean Hubert

Sean Hubert is the Chief Housing and Employment Officer for Central City Concern (CCC), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit agency in Portland, Oregon committed to ending homelessness.  Sean joined CCC in 2007, and has since overseen over $100M in real estate development including over 800 units of housing created or preserved as well as the construction of several medical facilities.   

CCC’s housing portfolio serves over 2,500 people each year who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and provides a diverse range of services for homeless and marginalized populations.  CCC’s employment services provide job training and placement opportunities for over 600 people each year and include a number of social enterprises.

Sean is active in a number of community and industry efforts.  He is currently board chair for the Oregon Opportunity Network and Oregon Facility Authority.  He has also served in advisory capacity across a range of local efforts including the N\NE and Downtown Central City Plan updates, the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, and the City of Portland Water Sewer Bill Low Income Discount Program.  He holds a B.A. in English and Communications from Shippensburg University and is a licensed Property Manager in Oregon.



AIA Portland, AIA Oregon and the Center for Architecture.

Mr. Hoffman oversees the management and affairs of the Center for Architecture and the Portland and Oregon chapters of American Institute of Architects. He works closely with the Executive Committees and the Boards of Directors to ensure that these organizations have the necessary tools and resources to increase public understanding of the role of architecture in our lives.



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