Paul Ries, Architect

Registered Architect

  NCARB (National) 

  Master of Architecture
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  Bachelor of Design
     University of Florida

Awards and Publications
 1996 Governor's Livability Award
       for the Walnut Park Community Policing and Retail Center
  First Prize
       Open House International Design Competition - "Housing Futures - People
       and Place"  Viva Tepito!, Pub vol 13, No. 3, 1988, of Open House International.
       The Emergence of Community, in "Housing Without Houses" by Nabeel
       Hamdi, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991.

       "Bamako to Timbuktu ~ and Back Again: A Journey Through the Heart of Mali"; 
        scheduled for publication Summer, 2017. 

"The New St Petersburg Pier" A look at the process, design and economics of
the best solution that did not win; scheduled for publication Summer, 2017. 

Residential, Commercial & Public Design 
Residential design (new homes, renovations, adaptive re-use) in the U.S. since 1977.  Commercial and public design in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and other Pacific rim countries since 1983.  Commercial projects include Hospitality (resorts, urban hotels and retreats); Health Care (medical and dental office buildings, hospitals, elder-care); Public Safety (911, community policing centers);  Community and Government (libraries, city halls); Offices, Retail, Restaurant, Music (recording studios), and Business Aviation.  Public and commercial clients have included:

  • St Petersburg Beach Fire Department
  • City of St Petersburg
  • City of Port Orford
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Port of Astoria
  • Portland Development Commission
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Communication
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Portland Parks Bureau
  • Portland Bureau of General Services
  • Portland Fire Bureau
  • Community Partners for Affordable Housing
  • Sam Galbreath Associates
  • Garrett Development
  • The Columbia Foundation
  • Leigh Properties
  • Multnomah County 
  • City of St HelensOR 
  • City of EchoOR 

Typical design services have included: 

  • master plans; permit applications, appeals and zoning analysis; land divisions; site evaluations; comparative design studies; adaptive re-use of old buildings; remodeling ideas; conceptual design sketches; color consulting; interior design; scale models; construction cost estimates; feasibility analysis; existing condition surveys; pre-purchase ”design potential” inspections; property inventories; post occupancy evaluations; ADA compliance audits and lease negotiation assistance 

Community Design and Enablement
Sometimes people do not need formal design services. What is often needed is community mobilization, the development of design guidelines and realistic rules of thumb.  Past work includes projects in the communities of:

  • Tepito; reconstruction guidelines after the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City
  • LaPintana; a squatter settlement relocation in Santiago


Community and Professional Service
Advisory Board, Ko-Falen Cultural Center
Past Board of Directors, the Dougy Center for Grieving Children
Ongoing mentor for college architecture students
Design juror for the schools of architecture at the University of Oregon, University
   of Washington, University of Hawaii, Portland State University, and M.I.T. 
Past Coach, Odyssey of the Mind for children at Buckman Elementary School
Past Volunteer activities on the feasibility, fundraising, and the mentorship 
   program for the founding of the DaVinci Middle School, Portland, OR 
Founder, first chairman of the Hawaii AutoCAD Users Group (HAUG)