Helping Portland Build Better
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What is the PSA?
Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) is a non-profit organization that encourages innovation and vision in the built environment of Greater Portland through education, advocacy, and engagement with community members, design professionals, and civic leaders.
History of the PSA
PSA was founded as the Portland Society for Architects, a membership organization, in 2006. The impetus of the organizers was two-fold: it could serve as a platform where Portland architects could socialize and share experiences; and that a collective voice would be more powerful than the individual in influencing City policy on design and planning issues.
After eight years, PSA was renamed the Portland Society for Architecture to reflect a multi-disciplinary commitment to community issues that shape Portland’s future. Those engaged with PSA are architects, engineers, landscape architects, design professionals, and individuals committed to the protection and enhancement of all aspects of urban design which contribute greatly to Portland’s economic activity and cultural identity.
In 2017 membership dues were eliminated and PSA became open to anyone and everyone with an interest in the growth and future of Portland.
Over the years PSA has produced programs such as the 10-minute architect, Drink-n-Crit, and Community Conversations; the three-part series on climate change and sea-level rise: Sustainable Portland by 2030, Rising Tides and Waterfront Visions; lectures by Spiro N. Pollalis, Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Moshe Safdie, Alex Kreiger, Susan Silberberg, Dr. Bon Ku, and Tim Wallace; promoted design criteria for the Martin’s Point and Veteran’s Bridges; delivered public testimony on numerous issues related to land-use, planning and design; produced design competitions and exhibitions; and partnered and collaborated with a diverse set of organizations to advocate, educate and promote quality and value of good urban design and architecture in Portland.
PSA Advocates for the belief that:
- Portland’s future is vitally connected to a quality built environment
- Sustainable growth and prosperity ﬂow from beauty in the built environment
- Constructive, informed public dialogue is the key to Helping Portland Build Better