Hot off the press - our Summer Newsletter!

Jun 12, 2012 by Lynn Fisher

Click on this link to see a sneak peek of Lynn's house, as well as some other projects in the works!

Hiromi to speak at APACC

Apr 4, 2012 by Hiromi Ogawa

On Wednesday 4/11/12, Hiromi and Joann Le of DAO Architecture will be giving a talk at an event hosted by The Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington.  The topic will be:

What Does It Mean to Be An Emerging, Minority, and Woman-Owned Business? - From the Perspectives of Two Asian Female Architects Practicing in the Pacific Northwest.

More information on the event can be found through this link.  We hope to see you there!

Topics: Office

Photo Shoot with Lincoln Barbour

Aug 25, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

Last week, we had the Novak Residence photographed by the very talented Lincoln Barbour.  "Photo shoot" sounds glamorous and fun, and it is to a certain extent, but it's also hard work for everyone involved.  For starters, I arrived at the site at 8am, to go over the shots with the owner, talk to them about what props we brought, and how the rooms might be rearranged (but put back to its original condition after the shoot).  The owners had done a marvelous job tidying up the rooms, and since they are both artists and collectors, styling for this shoot was going to be minimal.  Still, there are things that we usually don't notice, that might be captured in a photo. So for every shoot, I go through each room carefully, straightening, moving, or removing things as I go.  Then I clean all the surfaces, including counters, cabinet doors, windows, doors, to make sure there are no spots.  I start bringing the props back into the room, and that is usually around when the photographer and his assistant arrive.  (And I should note that Lynn and I usually work on these shoots together, but I just happened to do this one on my own.)

This is my first time working with Lincoln.  I had seen his work on Portland Spaces magazine and fell in love with the composition and quality of light.  I thought, someday I will work with him.  So it was nice to finally meet, and find out that we were a good fit.  He and his assistant Justin were very friendly, and very efficient.  As soon as they arrived, they started setting up and got to work.

For every shot, we were able to review the angle, lighting, props, colors, etc. through his laptop.  Here, he's reviewing the shot before he lets me take a look.

Lincoln used reflectors in many of the shots, to get light where he wanted it.  The interior of a house can look dark, particularly when it's sunny outside.  I wanted to take more photos of "behind the scenes", but I was constantly running around, reviewing the current shot with Lincoln, preparing for the next shot, and scrolling through my phone in between to check on other projects.  It's literally non-stop, but since I thrive on that kind of high energy, I loved every moment of it.

So after every shoot, the photographers pack up and leave, and I start moving everything back to its original location, and make sure everything is back in order.  Then if I have some time left at the end, I take some photos of my own, particularly of things we didn't capture in the formal photo shoot.

Here is a view of the kitchen from the interior, as you look out to the back yard.  You can see the rich color of the wood pantry wall against the cooler textures of the quartz countertop and the rubber flooring, which I thought was nice. (But boy, I could have used some reflectors in this shot, huh?)

The original window above the sink had a sill and apron, but in the design we proposed that we remove them and make a new sill that acts as a task light and a termination point for the tile backsplash.  So here is a shot of that transition.

The sill extends all the way across the kitchen, and here you see the other end.  The owners have this magnificent wood figure, which you'll see in many of Lincoln's shots.  I just liked him so much, both as a piece and also as a vertical composition in the photo.

As I check to make sure we haven't left anything behind, I leave the owners a little gift and a note thanking them for letting us use their house.

In summary, we got some beautiful shots of a nice project for lovely clients, and I had a great time working with Lincoln.  Thanks again to everyone who was involved!  And I look forward to sharing photos from the shoot in our next post.

Topics: Office, Projects

Why don't you come up sometime and see me?

Feb 11, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

Our "new" business name is now emblazoned on our Portland office window.

We share our space with other creative officemates, all of whom are fun to be around.

I can't tell fortunes but I can serve up some tea.  Stop by when you're in the neighborhood - we share the building with Olympic Provisions, too.

Topics: Office

Welcome to Ogawa Fisher Architects!

Oct 25, 2010 by Lynn Fisher

Our latest news: Hiromi Ogawa Architects will now be Ogawa Fisher Architects.  The change reflects the commitment of our two equal partners, Hiromi Ogawa and Lynn Fisher.  We will still bring you the same, high level of client services and customized design to every project.

Lynn Fisher started working at Hiromi Ogawa Architects in 2006.  She became a partner in 2008.  Her dedication to each project and wide range of design expertise has steadily gained a loyal following of clients.  We are very excited to have our new name represent her tremendous contribution to the company.

We'd like your help with a few changes pertaining to this new name:

  • Our website will now be under  Please reset your bookmarks.
  • Our blog site will now be under  Please reset your bookmarks and/or blog subscriptions.
  • Our email addresses will change to, with the first part of our address remaining the same.  Please make this change in your address books.
  • Our Facebook page will now change to ogawa fisher architects.  Please "like" us at our new page so we can keep you up to date.

We look forward to staying in touch with you.

Topics: Office

Limited Edition Jeremy Dubow notepads still available

Jun 28, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

three designs

Opening reception for our Portrait show was a great success. Artist signed and numbered notepads are still available but are limited in supply. $10 for 1 or $27 for a pack of 3. Comment on this post or send me an email with your order.
Each of the 27 portraits in the show had a number, corresponding to the chronological order in which Jeremy painted them.  3 of those paintings were selected and graphically produced into booklet format by Beadle Design.  Choose from these styles:
No. 2 is an orange portrait, with blank paper.
No. 3 is a pink portrait, with lined paper.
No. 5 is a blue portrait, with gridded paper.
No obligation to buy the notepad with my face on it, although it gives you an excuse to draw a huge mustache on me.  Buy all three and you can explore all kinds of facial hair.
Topics: Art, Office

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.

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

April 2010 First Friday art show – photos and thank you

Apr 8, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Thanks to everyone who came to the show last Friday.  The show is on display through April, so call or email us to make an appointment if you are interested.  We hope to see you at the next show in June!

the artists

all photos by Kristin Beadle

Topics: Life, Office

Portland First Friday: featuring Jennifer Gauer, Anna Mara, and Meghan Radick

Mar 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa


Jennifer Gauer & Meghan Radick - ceramics

Anna Mara - floral designs

Friday April 2nd, 2010   5:00pm - 7:00pm
at hiromi ogawa architects
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 150
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-7075
(please use Washington St entrance; we are located on the NW corner of the first floor)

Please join us for happy hour as we showcase the work of three very talented artists who are working together for the first time to make a truly unique installation.  Anna Mara will design floral pieces that compliment ceramic vessels made jointly by Jennifer Gauer and Meghan Radick.  Fresh and seaonal flowers are perfectly paired with vases and bowls, which are decorated with delicate patterns using cake decorating techniques.  These collaborative pieces are for sale and ready to take home for you to enjoy in your own home or office.

A wide variety of pieces will be on display and for sale during the event.

Cash and personal checks with ID will be accepted.
We look forward to seeing you.For more information on the artists, visit:
Anna Mara Flowers

The show will continue through the month of April, and can be seen by appointment.  The pottery pieces will continue to be on display, but the fresh flowers will most likely only be on display for the first week, as they are perishable.

Topics: Life, Office