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PLACENOTES Portland is a new kind of travel guide. PLACENOTES is a sturdy, magnetically-secured box, filled with vivid cards, each describing a good and unique place. PLACENOTES is portable and sortable. The front of each card is a photo that captures the spirit of the place. The back tells its story and provides a clear, graphic representation of all the information needed to visit. PLACENOTES Portland was produced by The Charles Moore Foundation in Austin, Texas, in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation of Oregon.

No Perfect Answer: The Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi – $25.00

Pietro Belluschi (1899 – 1994) was more than an architect. He was an artist, teacher and philosopher. This beautiful film, produced by Jeff Gianola and broadcast by OPB, follows Belluschi’s life and career, starting with his origins in Italy to his arrival in America in the early 1920’s. The DVD includes interviews with I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson, and explores the timeless beauty of Belluschi’s designs in New York, San Francisco and Portland.


One Woman’s Unique Architectural Journey – $12.00

One Woman’s Unique Architectural Journey: The Life and Times of Mary Alice Hutchins by J.P. Kilbourn and Friends in CSI and AIA. A Biography about architect Mary Alice Hutchins, Published in 1999



The Houses of William Wurster: Frames for Living – $50.00


Over the course of a career that spanned forty-five years, William Wilson Wurster (1895 1973) designed hundreds of residences up and down the West Coast. Like Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, with whom Wurster maintained a close professional exchange, Wurster blends modernism with the vernacular. Wurster described these homes as “frames for living”: spaces that could be fully transformed by the occupant to meet their needs and desires, well-designed canvases for homemaking. Authors Caitlin Lempres Brostrom, AIA, and Richard C. Peters, FAIA, draw upon extensive historical research as well as personal relationships with Wurster to tell the story of his career, including both residential and institutional building. The Houses of William Wurster features new and archival footage of thirty-three of the architect’s best-known houses and includes a foreword by Donlyn Lyndon.

Ed Carpenter, Breath Of Light – $15.00


Introduction by Ed Carpenter. Preface by Michael McCulloch.
Published by l’ARCA EDIZIONE, March 2001, 100 pp.

The book is part of a series of monographs which, until now, has included only architects. It features a preface by Portland, Oregon architect Michael McCulloch and an introduction by Carpenter, as well as photos and descriptions of twenty-one of his sculptures and stained glass installations from the last twenty years.

MatriArchs – Pioneering Women Architects in Oregon – $35.00

The Original MatriArchs exhibition, created by Women in Architecture in 1992, documented the lives and careers of thirteen of the first women to practice architecture in Oregon.

AIA Portland, Center for Architecture, ForWARD and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon have reprised and refreshed the original exhibit and added to the content for exhibition here.

Coffee Mug – $20.00


A Mad Hatter’s Dinner with an Architect is the subject of this fun and lively illustration by Richard Hoyen. It is wrapped around a 15-ounce black coffee mug. We’ll even send you an ‘answer key’ in case you aren’t able to identify all of those lively architect diners and architectural references.