The ‘why’ behind our work

Clark/Kjos Architects is celebrating our 30th anniversary in business this year, and we look forward to continuing our mission to create better healthcare environments for the organizations and the people we serve. Since our inception, we have been bridging the gap between facilities, people, and technology to help healthcare organizations create the best possible experienceRead More >

Now Hiring a Job Captain

Clark/Kjos Architects seeks problem-solvers, responsibility-seekers, creative forces, and people-people.  We aim to add a Job Captain to our talented team in the heart of Portland.  This position is best suited to those who value making a positive impact on the world, working with others collaboratively, active listening, and rolling up their sleeves. Specifically, we areRead More >

We Have A New Team Member

Evon is a design professional who recently joined our team and is working to help create engaging healthcare spaces. At CKA she is our Evidence-Based Design/Research Lead, assisting our teams by researching and evaluating evidence from other facilities, as well as leading research projects with a focus on the impact of design on human healthRead More >

The Holidays Are Here!

The holidays are officially here and it’s back to our CKA traditions! We love decorating our office during the holidays so last week dusted off our ornaments and spent some time decking out our halls. We also made some giant snowflakes for our windows using recycled drawings. It’s been fun getting back to pre-pandemic CKARead More >

DJC Top Projects 2021: Outside In

Published in DJC Oregon, November 15, 2021: Since 1968, Outside In has provided a safe, supportive and inclusive place for health care in Portland, along with services to help the underserved and people experiencing homelessness achieve independence. The recently completed East Clinic expands its service to support the Gresham/Rockwood community. The new 6,200-square-foot clinic featuresRead More >

Design Lessons learned for Future Pandemics

As we have all learned from COVID-19, even with all of the medical advancements in our society, we are all affected by the consequences of a pandemic. Healthcare systems and organizations especially have had to develop programs to identify transmission risks and mitigate them quickly. This is particularly true for hospitals, which are vulnerable toRead More >

Expansion lets University Health Services grow with the University of Oregon

The newly renovated and expanded University Health Services, which houses the University of Oregon’s health Center, was designed to be more than just a building; it was designed to help students through some of their toughest moments. The facility’s design focuses on human interactions, encouraging students to turn to the health center for all theirRead More >

Welcome Shawn Fernandez

We are excited to introduce Shawn Fernandez, our new Office Manager. She has extensive experience in accounting, human resources, and financial management. Her years of proven leadership and knowledge in business administration, coupled with her enthusiasm to help people, make her the perfect fit for this role. Welcome Shawn!

Connie Ables is Retiring

For those who don’t already know, we have big retirement news to share about Connie Ables!  As an integral part of Clark/Kjos’ success for almost three decades, Connie has decided to transition into retirement. We are beyond grateful for the many contributions she has made to Clark/Kjos over the years and we are really goingRead More >

Come Grow With Us!

Come grow with us! If you love solving problems and finding new ways to do things– and most importantly, you love doing it with a team of creative, experienced professionals who rally around a shared purpose– then you’ll thrive at Clark/Kjos. Specifically, we are looking for experienced Project Architects with the ability and the interestRead More >

Elements of Design

A Closer Look at Real-Time Rendering Accurate renderings are one of the most essential tools an architect can use to help clients visualize a concept.  An informed client makes better decisions because they have an increased understanding of the design while it is still “on paper;” otherwise, they may be surprised when they see theRead More >

September Cycle Bike Challenge Results

September Cycle 2021 bike challenge is officially over and we rode some serious miles placing us 6th place nationwide and 8th place globally for our staff size! The best part of the challenge for us was that it encouraged us to ride to different places, go on long bike tours, and get some extra exerciseRead More >

Fall Team Building 2021

Last Friday we rebooted our Annual Fall Teambuilding event with a good old game of disc golf. The weather was fantastic that day and it was just a really nice way to spend an afternoon together outside. A special teambuilding kudos goes to ‘The Airbenders’ for working together and going above and beyond when theyRead More >

Public Service Project of the Year

Celebrations are in order! Outside In’s East Clinic celebrated its one-year anniversary AND was named ‘Public Service Project of the Year’ by the Daily Journal of Commerce Top Projects annual awards event! We are humbled by Outside In’s passion, commitment, and commitment to quality healthcare for patients in the most underserved parts of our community.Read More >

Welcome Back Alex!

Bike month is here! How do we know it’s going to be even more awesome this year than it has been in the past? Because this month we are welcoming back Alex Hill from his own epic Summer coast-to-coast bike ride and his trip across the country has been inspiring to us all. One ofRead More >

Staff member receives honor for design competition

A shoutout goes to one of our newest staff members, Uran Sokoli, for receiving an honor in the AISC/ACSA 2021 Steel Design Student Competition. The competition recognizes eleven projects, in two categories, with Uran’s design aiming to reinvigorate interest in the public bathhouse through a contemporary conceptual typology. Read more about his winning design andRead More >

Great attendance at Cottage Grove Health Clinic

Great attendance today at Cottage Grove Health Clinic as officials, including Congressman Peter DeFazio, toured the physical space of the existing clinic and took the virtual tour we created of the future clinic. Proud to be a part of the planning process for this important project and excited to be involved in this community healthRead More >

Clark/Kjos Cleanup Crew Does it Again

Thank you to SOLVE and the Clark/Kjos cleanup crew. We came together and helped clean up the streets, sidewalks, and alleyways of our city today. More about the event from SOLVE’s website: Detrash Portland connects like-minded volunteers who want to tackle the issue of litter in Portland. Each week, we support events throughout the city, provideRead More >

Meet Our Newest Team Members

We are so happy to be expanding our team at this time and are pleased to welcome additional staff members Charles Westerholm , Teresa Kruse, Rebecca Kiefer and Rich Bonewits II, AIA! They each bring a wide range of strengths and we’re proud to introduce them as valuable additions. Help us welcome them to theRead More >

Summer Picnic 2021

A few weeks ago, we hosted our annual summer picnic for all our staff and their families! It was a fun afternoon reconnecting with everyone at beautiful Sellwood Park, while enjoying some great food truck lunch from KOi Fusion and live music from Jet Black Pearl. It sure felt good to see everyone again inRead More >

Now Hiring: Project Architect

You belong in healthcare architecture — we can prove it. Architects are needed in clinical and non-clinical settings across the country, and the field of healthcare is rapidly growing. We offer excellent opportunities for career growth and skills development and have a passion for improving patient experiences through the built environment. Job Postings can beRead More >

New Staff Photos

It was nice to see eachother in the office again the other day as we updated staff photos. Stay tuned to see our new staff photos! Thanks PhotosbyKim

Wallowa Memorial Medical Clinic Timelapse Video

The new Wallowa Memorial Clinic located in Joseph, Oregon has been built and has begun seeing patients.  In this video you can watch the facility grow from the ground up, from construction through completion with a beautiful timelapse.  This new clinic is a great addition to the Wallowa community.

What Really is the Perfect Reception?

While many types of facilities feature reception areas, few perform at a more challenging level than the healthcare reception desk.  The daily function of health facilities’ reception is often acute, serving customers who may be ailing, infirm, or confused.  And in today’s busy world, staff members are often multi-tasking critical reception duties with scheduling patientsRead More >

Thinking Inside the Box

Q: How can we make healthcare more convenient, accessible, and affordable, while at the same time helping to fill up the growing inventory of large vacant buildings around the country? A: By taking healthcare out of the most expensive buildings—hospitals–and placing it in lower-cost structures in local communities, bringing care closer to populations. The worldRead More >

Safer health care environments by design

Health care environments can and are being designed to prevent injury, minimize human error, and actually promote improved health and safety. This article shows risk managers how evidence-based design is reducing medication error, staff injury, infection rates, patient falls, and more. Research knowledge can contribute to effective design solutions by simply clarifying a safety problemRead More >

Hidden Design Innovation

Probably no area of a hospital is more densely packed with infrastructure than the ceilings of operating rooms and interventional radiology rooms.  Structurally, this includes supports for monitor and equipment booms, patient lifts, surgical lights, and ceiling-mounted radiology equipment such as C-arms, which can be movable on a track system throughout the room.  The needRead More >

IIDA Award Recipient

Clark/Kjos Architects is excited to announce that it has been named a winner of the International Interior Design Association’s 6th annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition. The competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design of healthcare interior spaces. Clark Kjos Architects was recognized in the category of Hospitals – Psychiatric, forRead More >

Staff POD Designs featured at Portland Art Museum

[May 19, 2017] Opening this weekend—new POD designs in an exhibit that features John Yeon called “Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon”. Two of Clark/Kjos staff have their designs in the exhibit and marks the second phase of a POD initiative where local architects designed and constructed 14 tiny houseRead More >