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our firm's philosophy is simple: a successful project requires informed decision-making. the success of our projects is based on our clients making informed decisions. we spend time at the beginning of the design process to answer questions to build a smart budget and smart pro forma. this forms the basis of our design process on all of our projects.

em architecture has almost 30 years of experience implementing successful projects for our clients in portland, hood river, the columbia river gorge and beyond. we base our solutions on the following principles:

  • sound business and marketing footing

  • appropriate to the sense of place + use, and timeless in design

  • sustainable in the broadest terms

  • of it's place; vernacular - locally oriented in materials + construction processes


erik matthews

erik has been practicing architecture for almost thirty years and is registered in oregon, washington, california, new york, illinois and wisconsin. he received his bachelor of architectural design from clemson university in 1988 and his masters of architecture from the university of oregon in 2001. he has extensive experience creating branded design solutions and leading multi-disciplinary teams on multifamily housing projects. additional experience includes rebound new mri addition at the rose quarter; gates fire hall (leed gold) in gates, oregon; the keen footwear showroom in portland, oregon; and converse new york showroom in new york city. he also worked on the 30,000 square foot portland trailblazer practice facility.

erik has been a guest critic at the university of oregon, portland state university and the art institute of portland and a volunteer for architects in schools while residing in chicago.  he is a member of the american institute of architects and is certified with the national council of architectural registration boards. 



double mountain brewery, grove development, geodesign engineers, amazon, home depot, cardinal glass, western construction, henry v events, kirkland development, hale construction, gravitate design build, hood river brewing, royale brewing, emmett phair construction, otis gardens, orchard hills country club, blakeslee vineyard, uwajimaya grocers, zero subs, muscle maker grill, waste connections, rosenbaum financial, turtle island foods, tofurky, kdc development, naito development, gates rural fire protection district, holland group, zepher, surface showroom, banditos, among others.

current projects include the ellie jean apartments in sw portland (30 units), the 1934 NE 45th apartments in ne Portland (26 units), the grove hotel- a 9-story high rise in nw Portland, the new se portland space for double mountain brewery, and a new wilsonville office space for geodesign engineers.