Portland Courtyard Housing


1. Honor Award – $5,000 prize

Keith Rivera and Kristin Anderson (Santa Barbara, California)

2. Merit Award – $2,500 prize

Peter Keyes, Lucas Posada, Kai Yonezawa, and Tyler Nishitani (Eugene and Portland, Oregon)

3. Citation Award – $1,500 prize

Steven Bull, James Steel, and Dan Rusler (Seattle, Washington)

4. Honorable Mention – $1,000 prize

Donald Rattner, Andrew Friedman, Nathaniel Brooks, Krystof Nowak, and Catherine Popple (New York, New York)


Christopher Keane and Steve Dangermond (Portland, Oregon)

Armin Quilici and Schuyler Smith (Portland, Oregon)

John Baymiller, Michael Hahn, Matthew Miller, and Will Macht (Portland, Oregon)

Ho-San Chang and Sven Schroeter (Moorestown, New Jersey)

John Munn and Brendan O’Grady (Dallas, Texas)

Matthew Clapper and Hoi Wang Chan (Lawrence, Kansas)

Amit Price Patel and Kevin Markarian (Oakland, California)

Takashi Hoshina and Tomoko Hoshina (Irvine, California)

Tara Doherty (Portland, Oregon)

Ken Kios, Gary Miniszewski, Jeff Ovington, Monica Jones, and Eeshoo Rehani (Portland, Oregon)


1. Honor Award – $5,000 prize

Emory Baldwin, Shirley Tomita, Masumi Saito, Lara Normand, Jocelyn Freilinger, Shawna Sherman, and Clara Berridge (Seattle, Washington)

2. Merit Award – $2,500 prize

Matthew Goyke, Steven Gangwes, Morris Onishi, Ethan Levine, and Rhonda Goyke (Honolulu, Hawaii)

3. Citation Award – $1,500 prize

Steven Dangermond and Christopher Keane (Portland, Oregon)

4. Honorable Mention – $1,000 prize

Matthew Priest and Jerome Burgos (New York, New York)


Erin Vali, Antonia Kwong, and Wendy Andringa (Brooklyn, New York)

Matt Shoor, Matthew Gottsegen, Norman Cox, Chris Reinhart, Mikheil Aronishidze, Michael Livingston, Jamie Alexandrino (New York, New York)

Nicolas Cascarano, Harry Van Oudenallen, and Brittany Radlinger (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)




City of Portland Bureau of Planning


Open, international, anonymous, 1-stage, RfP


Portland, Oregon




24 Oct 2007 – Registration Deadline

24 Oct 2007 – Submission Deadline

14 Nov 2007 – Results Announced

14 Dec 2007 – Reception


Architects, landscape architects, builders, developers, students and others interested worldwide. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.


Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Principal, Pyatok Architects; co-author Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing; Professor, University of Washington

David Miller, FAIA, Principal, Miller-Hull Partnership; author of Toward a New Regionalism: Environmental Architecture in the Pacific Northwest; Professor, University of Washington

Nancy Merryman, FAIA, Principal, Roberston Merryman Barnes Architects, Portland, Oregon

Cynthia Girling, ASLA, Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia; co-author of Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment and Community and Yard, Street, Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space

Clare Cooper Marcus, co-author of Housing as if People Mattered and People Places: Design Guidelines for Urban Open Spaces; Professor Emeritus, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Sam Grawe, Editor, Dwell magazine

Loren Waxman, Developer, Portland, Oregon, Portland Design Commissioner


Total $20,000




The City of Portland invites you to share your ideas on the design possibilities of housing oriented to shared courtyards. Portland is promoting courtyard housing as an additional infill housing type that can provide a quality living environment at densities higher than conventional detached housing. We invite entrants to suggest compelling solutions to several key challenges:

• How can courtyard housing be designed to serveas an attractive option for families with children?

• How can courtyards serve as useable outdoor space while also providing environmental sustainability benefits, act as a setting for community interaction while also respecting privacy needs, or serve as a pedestrian-oriented space while also accommodating cars?

• How can courtyard housing avoid a purely inward focus and contribute to Portland’s tradition of street-oriented urbanism?

This competition is part of a multi-pronged effort by the City of Portland to retain families with children in the city’s neighborhoods in the face of increasingly unaffordable conventional detached housing. This competition will be a key opportunity to explore how courtyard housing may help fill the need for new housing for families with children, as well as provide desirable options for other types of households.

The competition has two submission categories based on two types of infill site opportunities common in different parts of Portland:

1. Inner Portland Infill Site: 100′ wide by 100′ deep; Housing program: 4-10 units oriented to a shared courtyard with one parking space per unit.

2. Eastern Portland Infill Site: 95′-wide by 180′ deep; Housing program: 7-17 units oriented to a shared courtyard with one parking space per unit.

The courtyards may be pedestrian-only or mixed pedestrian/vehicular courtyards. Additional details are available in the Competition Brief.