Originally from Germany, Britta arrived at our office by way of architecture school in Eugene. Calm and unassuming by nature, she has the most infectious laugh that brings a smile to anyone’s face. Britta’s design curiosity is grounded in the transformation of existing spaces, which puts her right at home within our team. Better yet, we all know to turn to her for advice on hiking trails, where it is likely you’ll find Britta these days chasing after her little son. Find out more about Britta below!

Name & Title at Emerick Architects

Britta Mack – Designer

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on at Emerick? Why?

I really enjoy remodels; historic, commercial, residential, you name it.  It’s so much fun to give an existing space new life.

What’s your favorite thing about being an architect?

Every project is different, with a new set of challenges.  You get to learn new things all the time.  I like that.

Why did you become an architect? Was it something you always wanted to do?

My dad’s an architect so I always said that I’d never become an architect.  I wanted to do something with art/design but wasn’t sure what.  My mom eventually suggested that I should try architecture. (For the record: I would have probably not studied architecture if my dad had suggested it.)  I really enjoyed going to architecture school and the rest is history.

What’s one type of project you’ve never worked on but would like to?

I think it would be interesting to work on a museum, just because it’s so different from any other project type I’ve done.

What’s the first thing you would buy for yourself if you won the lottery?

A bottle of champagne to celebrate?

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Check on the toddler, since he’s the reason why I woke up in the first place.

What’s your spirit animal?

The internet says wolf/fox/husky, but I think pelican.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Spaghetti with tomato sauce!

Beach or mountains?


What’s the number one place you recommend to eat in Portland?

That’s a hard one because my favorite restaurant recently closed. I do enjoy going to Artigiano on Division in the summers.

What’s one thing you think everyone should try in their lives?

Learn a second language and use it.

What’s the next place you would like to travel to?

Japan, never been and have always wanted to go.

How do you relax after a long day at work?

I have a toddler, so that doesn’t really happen.

Bike or car?

Bike.  I hardly ever drive.

Favorite curse word?


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