STITCH: an AIA Portland ideas Competition

May 27, 2014


On May 16th 2014 the AIA Portland held an event at the Center for Architecture to announce the winners of the STITCH ideas competition. Thank you to everyone who shared their creative ideas for the site over I-405 and everyone who came out to the awards event. It was an incredible turnout and we are proud of the interest this competition sparked in the design community. We received over 40 submissions with a wide range of creative solutions to this urban problem. The jury shortlisted about 10 entries and from those selected three winners. We are working on compiling the winners and shortlisted entries into a book that we can send to the City of Portland and other local agencies to hopefully inspire some ideas for future development. When this book is finished we will make it available for download on this page.

In general the Jury looked for concepts that were provocative, were graphically beautiful and somehow engaged the larger urban area beyond the borders of the singe site itself. We will be having a couple of the Jury members write a brief summary for the book. In the meantime, Below are the winning entries:

chadbourne + doss architects
phone: 206.860.1975

Brad Smith and Alex Zelaya
phone: 805.704.0734

Daniel Liggett PLA and Danny O’Brian PLA
phone: 765.561.0718




As the City of Portland continues to grow we find ourselves needing urban living rooms to offer space that is open and free for the public to use and gather. Pioneer Square is a great success as an urban space for the city, but as the population grows more public squares are needed. The opportunity to reclaim land that was consumed by the highway system provides a unique opportunity to address the need for more urban open space, but also to restitch two neighborhoods together. The square caps the highway, bridges between the downtown core and the growing neighborhood around Providence Park, and offers a perfect place for events related to both. This location is located along the max line integrating it with the entire City both near and far. Portlanders need urban space to express themselves, gather, protest, people watch, eat and generally contribute to community health and well-being.

This competition calls for ideas on ways to successfully cap I-405, bridging the downtown to Goose Hollow and the Stadium district. We are looking for extraordinary creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban problem. The program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of public space with other programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context and needs of the city. We encourage each proposal to address multi-modal transportation within the project.


Image Courtesy of Google Maps 2013

The site sits over I-405 between SW Yamhill St. and SW Morrison St. and bridges the downtown core with the Goose Hollow neighborhood. Light rail transit travels along both the north and south sides of the site on Yamhill and Morrison streets while the east and west edges are active bike routes.
Project Site: 200’-0” x 200’-0”


This ideas competition is open to all including students and professionals, architects and engineers, landscape architects and urban designers. You can enter as an individual, as a team or as a firm.  You can also submit as many entires as you wish although you will have to pay an additional entree fee for each one.

  • $25 for students & unemployed designers
  • $50 for professionals


  • 1st Place – $500 + 2 Architecture Books donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • 2nd Place – $200 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • 3rd Place – $100 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press

Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and be displayed at a local Gallery space, as well as on We will also be sending press releases to local newspapers and/or magazines as well as national architecture publications.


  • Competition Registration Starts: March 17th
  • Submissions Due: April 28th – 5:00 PM PST
  • Jury Deliberations: April 28th – May 16th
  • Winner Announced: May 16th
  • Celebration: May 16th


  1. 6 Images max
    • Jpg format
    • 2550 pixels wide by 1650 pixels tall (11×17 at 150 ppi in Landscape format)
  2. Project Description (Provided text file – fill out and attached as a separate file)
    • Project Title (less than 140 characters – tweetable)
    • 150 word max exec summary
    • 500 word max description
  3. Identification Form – (Provided text file) – fill out and attached as a separate file
    • Design Team names
    • Contact Email
    • Contact Phone
    • Website (optional)

No identifying logos, words or graphics on the images or project description

* any submission that does not meet the above requirements may be disqualified at our discretion.


  • TBA – Allied Works
  • Carrie Strickland – Works Partnership
  • Becca Cavell – THA
  • Martin Glastra van Loon – Otak Inc.
  • Zari Santner – Portland Parks
  • Susan Anderson – Director of Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Click Here to Register


Martin Glastra van Loon.  Martin is a Dutch urban designer

For questions email:

AIA Portland | Emerging Professionals Committee
AIA Portland | Committee On The Environment
Center for Architecture Oregon