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

Associate 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.

One of our associates, 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.

After years of dedicated public service and administration, Margot excitedly joins the world of architecture. An amateur artist who appreciates the beauty and discipline of architecture, she enjoys watching the transformation of each project from concept to construction. A long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, Margot loves travel, reading, politics, cooking, painting, and laughing with family and friends.

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.

Marissa's architectural background is stellar with stints in Chicago and New York following her University of Nebraska + Yale Masters in Architecture.  Her versatility is shown with Landmarks Preservation residential projects and award-winning LEED commercial projects.  Balancing cityscapes with the forest's canopy keeps her inspired. Marissa and her husband take their two toddlers hiking every chance they get.

Rural Studio training while at Auburn University followed by study abroad in Rome launched Melissa to a big city career in New York City.  A dedicated designer, her acute eye and collaborative approach make her the right fit for our team.  A licensed architect, her 8 years' experience with townhouse renovations and commercial projects will be put to use.  An ardent traveler, Melissa seeks out the foodie and artistic culture wherever she goes.

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

Mary is a well-rounded designer with high-end residential and commercial experience, who embraces technology and custom, design-driven projects. Though originally an east coast native and graduate of Syracuse University, Mary fell in love with the Pacific Northwest immediately.  She now spends her spare time cooking, working in the garden, and riding her bicycle.

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.

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 attitude to the studio.  Off hours, Brian is in constant motion hiking, biking, gaming and shooting hoops.

A fourth-year intern with our firm, Lily has sharpened her skills during summer and holiday breaks from her studies at the University of Oregon.  She has assisted both residential and commercial projects from ground-up design to fine finishing touches.  A backpacker with many an adventurous story, Lily climbs mountains, fords streams and sleeps under the stars.