Works Progress Architecture is a progressive architectural design studio with offices in Portland and Los Angeles. W.PA was launched in 2005 by principal Carrie Strickland, FAIA. W.PA has established a design approach rooted in clear conceptual diagrams applied across a wide spectrum of project types while responding to individual site, program, and environmental requirements. W.PA’s approach walks a line between sexy and stern and echoes simplicity in the face of ever-evolving complexity, a quiet amid the cacophony of the newest.
WPA’s work has been internationally recognized and includes the Progressive Architecture Award 2009, the American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design 2016, over 27 AIA Awards, a Design Vanguard recognition in 2009, and an AIA Emerging Firm Award in the Northwest Pacific Region 2013, elevating W.PA to one of the most highly recognized firms on the West Coast.
W.PA believes in the idea of an architectural analog – a continuum of iterative development. We see the work of today as a continuing contribution to a long history of similar practitioners, all trying to voice a notion of contemporary critique, commentary. Our work is formed by manifest concepts that percolate throughout the design process and hold evident in the end result. We believe that an architectural syntax of elemental building blocks yield a transcendent spatial and iconographic narrative across building scales. We work to find the simplicity in things; for in that simplicity there will be an economy of means, and in that economy there is often a truth. And in that truth, there can be a profound beauty.