Hiromi featured in an article regarding Portland's Minority Evaluator Program

Jun 17, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce called me to ask about my thoughts on the new Minority Evaluator Program.  Portland City Council passed a resolution requiring a minority member to be part of the evaluation committee for certain publicly bid projects.  In May, I had the opportunity to be a part of a selection committee. and will continue to volunteer my time in the program.  For me, the benefits are multiple:

  • I get to represent the Portland minority community by being an active part of the city's efforts for diversity
  • I get to become a part of the minority business community, which is currently small and insular, but has earnest hopes of reaching a larger audience
  • I get a better understanding of the RFP process
  • I get an inside look at the City of Portland and PDC procurement and purchasing departments
  • I have a venue to voice my opinion about the RFP proposal format and selection process, not just as a minority member, but also a woman business owner, a small business owner, and a young company hoping to win city contracts in the future

If you are interested in knowing more about the program, click on the links above to see how you might be able to get involved.  I'll keep you posted on my thoughts on this new program as it progresses.

Topics: Press

More portraits by Jeremy Dubow

Jun 14, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

I am very excited about our upcoming show.  I hope you can join us for our opening night reception.

49 Cities

Jun 11, 2010 by Lynn Fisher

For those of you who in the Bay Area who are interested in all things city, there's still a week left to go see the 49 cities exhibit at the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR), originally developed by Work AC for the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.

The exhibit presents to-scale, graphic plans and select criteria from 49 utopian cities, providing "remarkable insight into the contemporary metropolis and our efforts over time to make cities more controllable, monumental, organic, taller, denser, sparser or greener."  Frankly, it was the most successful for me on a purely visual and graphic level; I loved seeing the scale and layout of each city in relationship to the others.

More eloquent commentary here and here.

Topics: Inspiration

Parking Garage Reconsidered

Jun 9, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Parking Garage by Herzog &  deMeuron, in Miami.  Why the heck not?

Topics: Inspiration

June Art Show: Jeremy Dubow

Jun 3, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Jeremy Dubow: Portraits

Opening night reception on Friday June 25, 2010, 5pm – 8pm

On display through July, by appointment only

hiromi ogawa architects

107 SE Washington Street Suite 150

Portland, OR 97214

Phone: (503) 477-7075

Jeremy Dubow’s first series of 3-hour head studies are a meditation on the form and essence of the subject with an emphasis on decisive brush strokes.  This show will feature 27 telling portraits, with many of the models present during the opening.

Jeremy Dubow was born in 1974 in San Francisco, California.  His formal education included studies at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  At the heart of his work, he combines both his love for classical art and contemporary realism.  He has shown his work at numerous galleries, and has been featured in OPB’s Oregon Art Beat.  In addition to his own body of work, he is commissioned to paint private portraits for individuals.

Topics: Art, Office

My next Father's Day gift

Jun 1, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

David, your Father's Day gift from me to you will not only look cool, it will help you locate your ever-elusive cell phone and charger.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

Choosing wood is like choosing an outfit.

May 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

a fine example of like-materials coming together and living in harmony... I hope you'd agree.

Just like in fashion, colors, textures, and proportions should be considered, especially when combining like-colors and like-materials.  We want to avoid the "tried but failed" look, like wearing denim on denim.

In this Portland bedroom addition (still under construction), we carefully chose a hemlock ceiling, douglas fir window, and cork floor in finishes that work well together.

The crowning touch is the custom-blended white paint color the owners chose.  Very nice.

The room is warm yet neutral, ready to serve as a backdrop for their life ahead.

And so it begins....

May 20, 2010 by Lynn Fisher

The start of construction is always exhilarating for us -- it's thrilling to see a project which we know so well through drawings start to become a real, built object.  For our clients, however, I think it's both exhilarating AND terrifying.  It's thrilling to finally begin construction, but once demo starts, someone with whom they have a new relationship (the contractor) has just torn off the back of their home.  There's no going back.

This project in Berkeley broke ground last week.  In the fall, they should be hosting Thanksgiving in their newly expanded home, with a new first floor rear addition containing a kitchen, eating area, and family room, and a new second story master suite.

Topics: Projects

Seasonal Sweet Spot

May 19, 2010 by Lynn Fisher

If there’s one thing that Hiromi and I both like other than architecture, it’s food.  Since her recent Food Matters post, food has come up particularly often in our conversations.  (For the record, I wish that I could partake in their pizza-making, kiln-cooking parties!) So what are we eating?  In my house, there are a handful of meals in my family’s weeknight cooking repertoire that hit the sweet spot for all of us.  They’re quick to prep and cook, feature seasonal ingredients, are honestly enjoyed by both grown-ups and kids, and are (sort of) healthy.  This pasta recipe from the Chronicle definitely feels like it was custom-made for us. **

(I am not a food photographer!)

I clipped it from the paper a few years ago, and it easily made its way into our springtime rotation.  This year, by the end of February we found ourselves actively waiting for our CSA box to have the right combination of ingredients so that we could start eating it again.  Really, with asparagus, sugar snap peas, sautéed onions, lemons, fresh ricotta, toasted nuts, and brown butter, what’s not to like?

**Note:  if you try this, it’s definitely worth seeking out good, fresh ricotta. Calabro is the best that we’ve found.  Also, we’ve never actually made it with hazelnuts; we just use whatever nuts (usually walnuts) we have on hand.

Topics: Food

When two countertops meet…

May 18, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

...they gently embrace each other.

A kitchen remodel in Portland, currently in progress.  Caesarstone quartz "Pebble" in honed finish, over a custom beech butcher block eating counter.  The eating counter will float across a floor-to-ceiling window with folding glass panels.