Novak Residence kitchen featured in "Cozy Tables for Two"

Jan 27, 2012 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Novak Residence kitchen (it is called the 12th Street Kitchen on our Houzz page) has been featured (again!) on Houzz, in an article called "8 Cozy Tables for Two".  This is timely for me, since I was sitting with a friend at a bar counter in a coffee shop today and was noticing how much more intimate it is to sit next to each other, than to sit across the table.  Pair it with a view and you'll never want to leave!

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We are featured in Lincoln Barbour's year-in-review!

Jan 26, 2012 by Hiromi Ogawa

We had the pleasure of working with Lincoln Barbour for the first time, in 2011.  We are honored to be included in his year-in-review.

You can also check out our blog post about our experience with Lincoln.  We look forward to more fun shoots with him this year!

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Our project is Best of 2011!

Jan 3, 2012 by Hiromi Ogawa

photo by Randy Rasmussen

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope your year is off to a great start.

We just found out that the one of our projects, the Kovtunovich Residence, was mentioned in the Best of 2011 in the Homes and Gardens section of The Oregonian.  You can find it in the "Trends of the Year" section, where they praise the owners, Ian and Tonia Kovtunovich, for "mixing it up" by building a very modern addition to their traditional bungalow.  The original article for the project was published in January, but we are so flattered to be mentioned again at the end of the year.

Thanks again for all your support, and we look forward to another exciting year.

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Two of our projects featured in another Houzz article

Oct 5, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

Two of our projects (the Samaras/Sorensen Residence dining room and Novak Residence kitchen) were chosen for a featured Ideabook on Houzz's home page.  Woot!

For more photos of both projects, feel free to peruse the albums on our Facebook page.

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We are Kitchen of the Week on Houzz!

Oct 3, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Novak Residence project was featured as Kitchen of the Week on  Check it out!

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Fresh Press - Modern Geometry in North Portland

Jan 20, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

Happy New Year everybody!  Sorry about the extended silence over the holidays.  Let's start the new year off with some press on one of our recent projects.

photo by Randy Rasmussen
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House Addition featured in Portland Architecture blog

Sep 21, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Brian Libby at Portland Architecture interviewed Hiromi about our recently completed project in North Portland, as well as our company's general approach to projects.  You can read more about it here.

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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.

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We are Recycle at Work Certified!

Jul 30, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

RAW_Award_July_09 Our Portland office is now Recycle at Work Certified.  The City has a program where it encourages businesses to take steps towards better recycling, and then recognizes businesses with this certification.  Here are the steps: Step 1: Identify your champion. That just means there should be an assigned recycling advocate for the office.  For our office, that would be me. Step 2: Recycle all paper bottles and cans. This sounds easy, but the tricky part is to have EVERYONE in your office do it. Step 3: Make recycling easy. Having recycling bins right next to garbage cans will motivate everyone to ask "can I recycle this?" before throwing it in the trash.  Clear signage is also important. Step 4: Train your team. Education is a big part of abundant and proper recycling.  Everyone in the office should know what can and can't be recycled. Step 5: Throw away less. Use less stuff.  Use reusable stuff. The program has made it easy for business to follow the right steps, and get help when they need it.  You should get certified, too!

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