In Situ Architecture
In Situ Architecture is quickly becoming one of the Northwest's leading architecture firms producing modern, beautiful, low energy buildings.
Based in Portland, Oregon, In Situ Architecture was formed in 2008 by Jeff Stern. A licensed architect in Oregon since 1996, Jeff earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design with Honors from the University of Colorado in Boulder. A LEED accredited professional since 2002, Jeff has been a Certified Passive House Consultant since 2012 and completed his first certified Passive House in 2013.
Architecture is a creative act, and requires a careful balance between the analytical and the experiential. We utilize a direct hands-on approach to explore all aspects of a design. This includes practical issues such as program and structure, but also more qualitative aspects that express the fundamental nature of the project and its surroundings. We believe that placing the client at the center of the creative process unlocks the potential of each project and generates beautiful and appropriate architectural solutions.
We seek to create architecture that is site specific and grows out of the forces of a site and program. A deep understanding of the site and the program, acquired through analysis and experience, allows us to integrate the building seamlessly into the site. We look to capture the experience of a particular place; how the sunlight falls, and the rise and fall of the land. We want to preserve the natural context of the place, maintain and create strong views, maximize daylight and natural ventilation, and generally create a place better than when we began.
Our architecture is pragmatic in nature and modern in spirit. With strong ties to the traditions of modern northwest architecture, we work diligently to achieve an architecture that is clear, effortless, timeless, and without self-consciousness. Simple forms, natural materials, and straightforward details are utilized to reinforce the particular response to place.
At the core of what we do is the goal of making truly sustainable buildings. We utilize an integrated approach, with an emphasis on simple cost effective and innovative strategies that provide multiple benefits. Each project has its own specific opportunities and priorities, and we work throughout the process of planning and construction to determine the most appropriate solutions, and to ensure that these strategies are effectively integrated and executed. Although we believe in a holistic approach to sustainability, we believe that energy efficiency is the most important component over the lifetime of a building, and therefore we place our emphasis on creating low energy buildings. We have discovered that the most effective way to design and build extremely energy efficient and comfortable buildings is using an approach called Passivhaus (or Passive House).
Featured projects: "Skidmore Passivhaus"
Address: 1927 NW Kearney Street, Portland, Oregon, United States, 97209