We work closely with creative and mission-driven organizations to design buildings that embody their values and enrich cities.

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Our work explores making, materiality, and experience using an economy of design. Great work delivered with economy requires precise architecture and a willingness to rethink how buildings are made. We challenge conventional methods of fabrication, use local and commonplace materials in unexpected ways, and pursue construction that benefits the environment and regional economy. This approach emphasizes transformation at every level of design and brings greater beauty and meaning to the final built work.


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Thomas Robinson


Thomas is the Founder and Principal of LEVER Architecture. He works closely with clients to develop the design vision for each project. Prior to establishing the firm, Thomas led cultural and institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron. He received an MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Doug Sheets


Doug is closely involved in the conceptual development and design of LEVER projects. Part of the firm since its inception, he has played a key role in all of LEVER’s major completions. Doug’s expertise includes the design of significant institutional, educational, and creative office projects. He received a BArch from Ball State University.


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Chandra Robinson


Chandra has 12 years of experience creating beautiful spaces that are accessible for all. She serves on the Portland Design Commission, and prior to joining LEVER, led the construction of the largest mass timber building in the US. Chandra received a MArch from the Boston Architectural Center and a BS from Portland State University.

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Sara Martin


Sara leads the firm’s business development, marketing, and communications efforts. She draws on 10 years of experience working in the offices of Selldorf Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SOM, and OMA/ Rem Koolhaas among others. Sara studied architecture at Smith College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Jonathan Heppner


Jonathan has over 18 years of design and management experience working with significant civic and creative organizations. As a native Oregonian, his interest in timber detailing and construction led to his management role on Framework, the first mass timber high-rise project in the US to receive permitted approval. Jonathan holds a BArch from the University of Oregon.

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Pamela Kislak

Chief Operating Officer

Pamela is responsible for the operations of LEVER Architecture. Prior to joining the firm, she spent 20 years leading marketing, strategy, and operations for growing companies. Pamela holds an MBA from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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Dannon Canterbury

Senior Associate

With 20 years in the field, Dannon has experience with hospitality, residential, creative office, cultural, and institutional work. He has held teaching positions in architecture and interiors at the University of Oregon. Dannon studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and holds a MArch from Tulane University.

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Don Lee

Senior Associate

Don has practiced Architecture for over 20 years. He has managed an array of projects ranging from commercial high-rise and mixed-use to small residential. Prior to joining LEVER, he was a Senior Associate at Robert AM Architects in New York. He received a BFA and BArch from Rhode Island School of Design.

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Cecily Ryan

Senior Associate

Cecily is an Interior Designer with 16 years of experience leading design efforts on a diverse range of project types, including corporate and creative offices, hospitality, residential, and mixed use development. She received her BFA in Interior Design from Pratt Institute.

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Michael Faulkner

Senior Associate

Michael has more than 15 years of architectural design and management experience working on large, high-profile projects for institutional, healthcare, and residential clients in the US and internationally. Michael received a MArch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BArch from Penn State University.

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