architecturew was founded in 2001 by partners Michel Weenick and Brian White. Known for their simple yet engaging designs, the studio is founded on the pursuit of quality, craft and a belief that the art in architecture plays an important role in the quality of our collective lives.
There is a deep and embedded history with nature in the cultures of Japan and the Pacific Northwest. Through our offices in Nagoya and Portland, our studio explores the relationship between nature and architecture - explorations of space, light and landscape.
By listening to our client’s visions, architecture w creates solutions that emerge from a complete understanding of the project’s circumstances – the particulars of climate, topography, program, and local culture.
All of our works demonstrate a common exploration for the memorable element of space and optimism inherent in every project.
Brian White, AIA, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master's of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He has also studied abroad in Europe and South America.
Brian worked for firms in San Francisco, St. Louis, and Portland before starting his own practice in 1999. He has taught at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and the University of Oregon.
Brian is a member of the AIA and a registered Architect in Oregon and California and is NCARB certified.
Michel Weenick AIA, opened NGO Architecture in Nagoya, Japan in 1994. This Japanese 1st Class licensed office has successfully completed numerous residential, office and retail projects of various scales throughout Japan and is now part of architecturew.
Michel graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas in 1987 and is registered in the State of California, a member of the AIA and NCARB certified.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Michel serves as a Vice President of the Chubu Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan, a trustee of the Nagoya International School and has lectured at numerous universities and symposiums.
architecture w has received numerous design awards for our work, including an AIA honor award for the m house and an AIA Merit award, and Smile Aichi Housing award for the M/F house. We were also fortunate enough to receive one of the rare Root awards for the Stump House.
Our work has been published in among others;
Architectural Record, NYT, Azure, Dwell, Western Interiors, Portland Monthly, 'Sumai-no-hon' (Book of Living) Magazine, 'Kenchiku Journal' and Otis.
Heights Sunrise #401
18-1-1 Sakae Naka Ku
Nagoya, Japan 460-0008
240 N Broadway, 208
Portland, Oregon 97227