Sam Sudy, Associate AIA


Sam is the newest addition to our design team, graduating from the University of Oregon here in Portland in 2014.

Her enthusiasm for adaptive reuse and the embodied energy in existing buildings sparked inspiration for her graduate research project, 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 resulted in her nomination as one of the AIA’s Emerging Professionals 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. When she is not burning the midnight oil, Sam is either training for the Portland Marathon, rock climbing, or painting pictures of old family photos.