Emerick Architects is a Portland-based architecture firm that was founded in 2000, by principals Melody and Brian Emerick.

We set up the company with the goal of doing great work in the communities where we live, work and grow. At Emerick Architects, we see things through an Oregon lens. Brian is a 7th generation Oregonian, so local is part of our DNA. Our team of talented architects and designers enjoy walking, biking and running by projects where they have made a proud contribution. These same ethos carry into the partnerships we build with skilled design and construction professionals beyond our walls.

From designing and building Portland's first LEED Gold home, to being entrusted to restore Portland's oldest commercial building, we take community and environmental stewardship to heart. We esteem great craftsmanship, believing that an investment in craft is an investment in quality. Preservation, sustainability and artistry are synonymous with our work. Together these ideals help us to energize our communities, protect our resources and enhance our cultural values.

At Emerick Architects, we are passionate about collaboration and feel the building process should be enjoyable. Fun might not be what most architecture firms advertise, but we are not like most architecture firms. We invest a lot of time with our clients, getting to know the project, and more importantly, the people involved. Building can be stressful and intimidating, but we strive to make it easier. As leaders and collaborators, we take our job very seriously — but we don't take ourselves too seriously.




Melody emerick


Melody is the creative heart of Emerick Architects. Intuitive, talented, and a great communicator, her role is to lead client discussions and build collaborative relationships. Trained and licensed as an architect, but with additional interior design training, Melody leads the residential design team at Emerick Architects




Brian is Emerick Architect's leader on commercial work, with extensive experience in adaptive reuse and historic buildings. He is a former Chair of the Portland Historic Landmark's Commission, which gives him a detailed understanding of inner-agency relationships and the latest trends involving heritage buildings of all kinds.



our team

Giovanni returned to his ‘spiritual homeland’ of Portland from New York City. He believes in making an impact through understanding site and budget, and his work includes large commercial projects, custom homes, creative offices, and hospitality venues throughout the country.  His infectious creativity raises our enthusiasm for new design possibilities. Away from the office, his wife and two children are the joy of his life.

Elizabeth left a long career in the legal field to become our Office Manager.  She has a layman’s passion for the art and artistry of architecture, and her appreciation for our work is evidenced by a positive, hardworking focus on behalf of our clients and team. Most weekends you can find Elizabeth exploring the city, one long running trail at a time.

Our Associate Dana is in his 13th year with the firm. He is the voice of experience and keeper of our institutional history. He guides the studio with direct communication, irreverent humor and unbelievable focus. Dana has 3 boys that keep him on the move, and he has the energy and enthusiasm to go toe to toe with them on the playing field - no matter the sport, no matter the season.

Anne Marie is our big picture / big project team leader. Her more than 20 years of design, production and management experience includes significant education, adaptive reuse and hospitality projects. Her passion is rehabbing structures with modern details to capture and play with movement, natural light and texture in an urban setting. Anne Marie's gentle laugh and patient teaching style belie a work dynamo.

One of our project managers, Keith adds a calm and rounded perspective to our team. Degrees from the Universities of Virginia and Oregon, plus experience designing education facilities, religious projects and high-end residences across the country, make Keith a valuable resource for all our project types. His love for the outdoors brought him back to Portland, and his two girls make sure that he enjoys every spare minute with them.

Project manager Sarah cares deeply about exceeding client expectations and pushing the firm with cutting edge technology and resources.  Her experience in New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., plus her degree from Syracuse University and study in Florence, Italy, make Sarah a versatile asset to both commercial and residential projects.  Sarah’s husband and two boys are the center of her world.

Justin is a maker with a love for detail that he develops in his own woodworking shop, so he brings an artisan's eye to our projects. His Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University and his childhood ramblings in Colorado, help him relate to our clients’ strong connection with the outdoors. Justin likes to feed his nature-loving personality with long bike treks around Oregon.

A classically trained designer, Kathryn graduated from the University of Notre Dame and her experience includes working in the UK on nationally important civic and education buildings. Her passion for historic architecture and eye for detail are valued on both residential and commercial projects, while her skills as an artist and baker are enjoyed by our whole team

Britta brings an international flair to her assignments. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany she adds a fresh perspective and critical mind to our commercial projects. Britta studied at the University of Oregon and the University of Stuttgart, where she was particularly interested in urban development and planning studios. In her free time, Britta can be found tackling projects in her new home.

Rob is our outside the box thinker. At Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, he focused on sustainability and design. His experience includes studies in Florence, Italy and an internship in Hong Kong. He enjoys collaborating in the studio and contributes economically effective and clear solutions. Rob pulls inspiration from songwriting, surfing, cycling, and skateboarding.

Brian brings fresh energy and perspective to our designs.  His graphic modeling skills add an extra finishing touch to our projects.  He was an Integrated Design Competition Finalist at Kent State University then undertook internships in San Francisco, Chicago and Portland to bolster his architectural foundation.  Brian brings a can-do and get 'er done attitude to the studio.  Off hours, Brian is in constant motion hiking, biking, gaming and shooting hoops.