urban design


The Beacon building is a mixed-use building that redefines part of Lake Oswego’s downtown fabric, offering pedestrian-oriented retail spaces at the street level, two levels of co-working office space above, and a world-class event space at the top level with views overlooking Mt. Hood. During the pre-design and vision-setting phase of the project, the client gravitated towards the idea of the building serving as a “lantern” and key local landmark. The idea of a lantern or beacon became central to the project’s identity, and is manifested through the character of the transparent and...Learn more

Harbor Steps - Lobby & Penthouse

Equity Residential contracted Mackenzie to rethink and refresh amenity space in the Harbor Steps development. The endeavor included two distinct projects: the repositioning of the northeast tower’s lobby and the creation of a new multipurpose common room on the 25th floor of the southeast tower. The projects resulted in new communal space with a sharp focus on the property’s incredible view of the Seattle waterfront and Olympic peninsula, nurturing community within the buildings and providing valuable connection to the outside world. The space on the top floor of the southeast tower, dubbed...Learn more

30th and Killingsworth

30th and Killingsworth provides modern off-campus housing for Concordia University students in a vibrant neighborhood. The contemporary apartment building is designed to smoothly integrate higher-density living into a residential context characterized by single-family housing. The four-story building nurtures interaction with the surrounding streetscape and neighborhood. A community room extends into a balcony, providing an outdoor amenity space with an immediate visual connection to Killingsworth and exceptional views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Tabor. The unit mix focuses on two-bedroom, two-bath...Learn more


Autodesk’s new Portland office deserved an identity as compelling as its location—the Towne Storage building, a renovated historic warehouse at the Burnside Bridgehead. Working closely with Autodesk and the brand strategists at Think Joule, Mackenzie’s design team interpreted the Autodesk brand through the lens of local context. The workplace is designed to attract and retain talent through carefully thought-out amenity space that fosters engagement, interaction, and an authentic collective identity. Collaborative rooms and meeting spaces are inspired by the tiny house movement, using a...Learn more

240/241 PacTrust

The renovation of PacTrust buildings 240 and 241 resulted in reinvigorated and reimagined buildings cores, and new connectivity between the two buildings. PacTrust, a real estate development and investment property firm, inhabits the space and was deeply involved in the design and remodeling process. The buildings are similar, with parallel redesigns focused on creating and activating collaborative space. In each core, the central staircase was opened to the lobby and new amenity spaces, creating a connective communal area. The open space offers a variety of distinct areas with a range of...Learn more

Iron Fireman Collective

The Iron Fireman building, right off the MAX Orange Line in southeast Portland, has a rich local history. Through an extensive renovation project, Mackenzie is bringing the building’s history—and its gorgeous period details—back to the surface. The restored building will not just reflect the neighborhood’s past, but is positioned to become an active influence on Portland’s burgeoning maker culture: things have always been made within the Iron Fireman’s walls, and while what’s manufactured has changed, the fact of making hasn’t. The building was constructed in 1924 for the Iron Fireman Company...Learn more

KOIN Tower Lobby

KOIN Tower is a downtown Portland landmark, and a striking part of the city’s skyline. Its interior, however, reflected a different era. When the building was sold, the new owners decided that it needed to be repositioned to provide what tenants are looking for in a modern Class A office environment. Mackenzie worked hand-in-hand with the brand strategists at Think Joule, and the building’s brand was comprehensively rethought. The renovation, as the physical illustration of this rethinking, thoroughly embraces modern Portland and refreshes what has long been an iconic downtown building. The...Learn more

Clay Creative

Clay Creative was a major renovation project in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. The warehouse that formerly occupied the site was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 2006. Mackenzie utilized what remained of the old building, and the project has resulted in a catalytic new mixed use property that fits seamlessly in the cultural context of the neighborhood. The building’s juxtaposition of brick and wood—it’s supported by a heavy timber structural system—is a natural fit for a bustling industrial area full of historic warehouses. The operable windows are large,...Learn more

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

The DoveLewis Emergency and ICU animal hospital is the only 24-hour non-profit emergency animal hospital located in the northwest region of the United States. The two-story, 22,000 SF building on a 0.75-acre site is located in Northwest Portland. The facility includes a reception/waiting room, eight exam rooms, an emergency room, an intensive care unit, a blood bank, and X-ray and radiology services. The sterile core includes two surgery suites and a recovery area. The facility was designed with separate dog and cat wards to minimize stress for both pets and owners. There is a dedicated...Learn more
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