Meet our Firm Leadership

Nick Mira, RA
nick@propelstudio.com

Nick brings a dedication to sustainable design principles and technical expertise to each project.

He is an Oregon licensed architect with experience working on technically challenging projects. His portfolio consists of high performance homes and sustinable buildings for offices, research, healthcare, commercial and mixed-use. Nick’s leadership and technical abilities allow him to guide our practice through the complexities of any project with an acute attention to detail. Nick participates in all phases from pre-design through construction administration and his expertise in construction systems make him a valuable asset to every project team.

Nick listens closely to the unique needs of each client and is driven by the specific challenges of each project – focused on providing social equity by meeting the needs of the client, occupants and communities of today as well as tomorrow. Nick facilitates a collaborative approach to design through interactive visualization and Building Information Modeling. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

 

Lucas Gray, Assoc. AIA
lucas@propelstudio.com

Lucas brings passion for design excellence and years of international work experience designing projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America.

His innovative, competition winning design ideas blend sustainable building strategies and timeless architectural forms with a particular focus on materiality. He brings expertise working with diverse communities throughout the world, offering his services to community groups and nonprofits to create positive change through architecture.

Lucas earned a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a LEED accredited professional. He has served on the Alberta Main Street design committee, is a leader within the American Institute of Architects, was a board member of AIA Portland and AIA Oregon, has volunteered for Architecture for Humanity, and is the founder of the architecture blog Talkitect.com. He has also been an adjunct professor at Portland State University and a guest design critic at the University of Oregon.

Lucas recently was awarded the Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 award. In 2008, Lucas participated in the 2008 Glenn Murcutt International Masters class, studying with the Prtizker Prize winning Australian architect and a cohort of architects from around the world. This experience honed Lucas’s passion for designing sustainable architecture and working within diverse international design teams.

Lucas’s experience with marketing, communication and social media offers a unique skill set to our studio helping us communicate our ideas with clients and the public.

 

Tuan Vu, Assoc. AIA
tuan@propelstudio.com

Tuan Vu is an award winning designer who uses his international experience to inform his architectural expression.

He is passionate about collaboration throughout the design process and fosters a strong team environment within the studio. His project experience includes noteworthy buildings in Portland, Oregon and outside of the US, with several award winning projects and competition entries among them. Tuan plays a leading role in international business development for Propel Studio with a particular focus on projects in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. He also brings expertise in sustainable design with a focus on large-scale projects and master plans – providing a comprehensive strategy for sustainable practices.

Tuan graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and was on the Dean’s List at the University of Oregon in 2008. He is a LEED accredited professional and an active member of the Jade District Business and Neighborhood Association. Tuan stays busy outside of architecture volunteering, sketching, and traveling.

 

Sam Sudy
sam@propelstudio.com

Sam has been leading the design of ADUs and creative adaptive reuse projects in the office. 

Her enthusiasm for adaptive reuse and the embodied energy in existing buildings sparked inspiration for her graduate research project at the University of Oregon, which delved into the reuse potential of Detroit’s Central Station, a currently derelict yet monumental historic structure. She investigated the urban fabric and culture of Detroit to conceive of an award-winning proposal that was selected to be featured in the AIA’s Emerging Professionals Exhibit of 2015. As a result of her research Sam utilizes design strategies that are oriented toward community needs, which drive her participation in non-profit work and public interest design. Beyond the studio, Sam engages the community through volunteer work with Architects In Schools, where she teaches about the built environment to elementary school students.

Sam likes to draw inspiration from design fields that extend beyond the realm of architecture, including aspects of branding, graphic design, industrial design and story telling. She believes in the strength of holistic creative problem solving, which she employs to tackle project hurdles with the client’s benefit in mind. A fresh perspective and dedication to community and clients make her an invaluable asset to our design team.