Plan Diagrams

Aug 2, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are currently studying diagrams at the office - this one of the Middlefield Road Residence is particularly sweet, because it shows the towering Coast Live Oak trees surrounding the property. The gray hatch in the courtyard is the discreet stair addition we added to reach the new second floor. The stair looks like this from the outside: 

And from the inside, the second floor feels like a tree house among the oak trees:

The goal with a diagram is to convey the same idea as the experience of that space... It's a challenging but exciting exercise.

Middlefield Residence Photo Shoot

Apr 22, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We just finished photographing our Middlefield Residence project with Cesar Rubio, one of our favorite photographers. 

It was an intense day of shooting, and a very successful one.

We previously worked with Cesar to photograph the Waverley Street Residences. We appreciate his intuition for great shots - he often suggests angles that we never would have imagined on our own.

Special thanks to the homeowners, who provided us full access to their beautiful home. The owners have an impressive art collection, and it was a pleasure to work in such a well-curated space.

We look forward to sharing the final photos with you soon!

Window Location, Operation, Proportions

Feb 10, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Sucharitha is studying windows for one of our projects.  Things she's looking at:

  • Window location: What or where are we illuminating with natural light?  
  • Window operation: Does the window want to open, and if so, how?  How big or small does the operable window want to be?
  • Window proportions: What looks good for the room?  What looks good with the overall volume of the house?

And why not be artful with your sketches in the process?  Thanks, Sucharitha.

Topics: Office, Projects

Meet Our Newest Designer

Feb 8, 2016 by Rosanna Jackson
We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our team –Sucharitha Yelimeli. Sucharitha received her B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley in 2014 and most recently taught fine art classes. 
Sucharitha has always been interested in visual art and teaching art. Architecture, for her, is the medium that brings together the diverse disciplines that she loves – art, philosophy, poetry and history. It’s art with a purpose. Her goal as a Designer is to ultimately create a meaningful space for her clients. These are some of the many reasons why Sucharitha is the perfect addition to our office and why we are so pleased to have her on board.
Topics: Office

Best of houzz 2016

Jan 18, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are so pleased to be selected for Best of houzz 2016! The success of our projects owes a lot to our amazing collaborators, clients, and design team. Thank you!

Remodeling and Home Design

Check our Houzz profile here!

All Moved In!

Dec 1, 2015 by Rosanna Jackson
We're all moved into our new office space and recently had a small open house to celebrate. Now we have this giant, kid-created popsicle stick sculpture to remind us of our gathering with friends.



Topics: Life, Office

An introduction

May 30, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

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As a new member of the Ogawa Fisher team, I’m excited to be taking part in the blog-osphere.

I’m a native of Austin, Texas and a proud University of Texas Longhorn. I received my Bachelor of Architecture in 2012 and shortly after made the cross-country move up to Portland, OR. I’ve since been exploring the endless beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Traveling to places both near and far, experiencing new people, places, and landscapes has become a necessity for my soul. The changing seasons of the region allow for different explorations and activities during different times of the year. From snowboarding the snowy slopes of Mt Hood to biking and backpacking around the Columbia River Gorge, there is always more exploring to do.

My interest in architecture lies with how the built environment affects the people who interact with it. Particularly, with the power of design to improve lives and empower people and the communities they live in. So, I’m excited to be learning from Hiromi and Lynn, as each OFA project is a reflection of the clients' wants and dreams.

Photo shoot!

Nov 14, 2013 by Hiromi Ogawa

We had a wonderful time shooting with our photographer Mariko Reed last week. It was a beautiful day, and we captured several nice shots from two recent projects in the East Bay.

We didn’t have a chance to take a lot of “behind-the-scenes” shots, but managed to get one on the iphone right before we finished for the day – here is a sneak peek!

Topics: Office, Projects