Works Progress Architecture is a progressive architectural design studio with offices in Portland and Los Angeles. Carrie Strickland and William Neburka launched W.PA together in 2005. W.PA has since 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.
W.PA has been presented with more than 35 design awards and has been lauded on a national scale for our work and contributions to design, including the 2013 AIA NW&P Emerging Firm award, the 2012 AIA Portland Sustainability in Design award, a place in Architectural Record’s 2010 Design Vanguard publication, and a 2010 Progressive Architecture award.
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.