Clever Ep. 151: Architect Chandra Robinson

In this episode of Clever, Amy Devers speaks to LEVER Architecture Principal and Portland Design Commissioner Chandra Robinson. Born in Portland, she grew up with a great love for outdoor education, which inspired her to work as a sea kayak guide and study geography and physics for years. However, from a young age she was always fascinated by buildings and developed a deep love for spaces that felt safe, inviting and comfortable. Eventually she found her way to the Boston Architectural Center where she earned her MArch and found exceptional opportunities to work in companies of all sizes. After returning to Portland, she found her professional home at LEVER. First as an architect and now as a builder, she managed pioneering projects such as the Meyer Memorial Trust in Lower Albina. She is resourceful, brilliant, and dedicated to making her hometown welcoming, beautiful, and accessible to all. Listen:

The largest building made of cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber in the United States. Completion 2018. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman.

The largest building made of cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber in the United States. Completion 2018. View of the double-high all-hand surface, which emphasizes the CLT and glued laminated timber structure. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman.

Meyer Memorial Trust headquarters. The spaces allow employees to work outside of their desks and take advantage of the great light and views. This picture is of the garden looking into the meeting room. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman

Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters, Mission Library. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman

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