What We Do

What We Do

We bring stories to life.

Whether your home or your business, every project starts with an idea—your goal, dream or challenge. That is why you are looking for an architect. You need help giving shape to an idea as well as bringing it to life. Let us guide you every step of the way. 

Adam and Lisa Christie discussing drawings with their clients, at their Portland architecture office.
Adam and Lisa Christie discussing a wood model of a home with their clients at their Portland architecture office.

We explore the creative possibilities of your goals.

As architects, we provide vision and clarity. Then, we consider every detail, explain it and coordinate it. Most important, we see your idea through from concept to construction—every single detail.

Our collaborative process begins with you.

First, we establish the foundation of our working relationship. We learn the best ways to communicate and gather the data we need from you—peeling away the layers of information to determine your project parameters and programming needs.

Adam Christie discussing drawings with a client at his Portland architecture office.
Adam Christie works on a drawing of a kitchen.

From there we explore concepts that can achieve your vision.

We create architecture in our Portland office. We play with the puzzle pieces of your project until we hone in on the best solution. This is an exciting phase of the process, endless possibilities being whittled down, tested and weeded out. Finally, the perfect solution for your space will emerge.

The proposed design will balance aesthetics and prioritize your needs as well as address your wants and desires. Because of this there will be choices to consider and decisions to be made. However, this is part of the magic of architecture. And in the end, the result is a design you can’t wait to inhabit.

The most important part of the process is the details and steps that come next.

We leverage our knowledge, experience and relationships to manage these important phases—the technical design documentation, specifications and construction administration. From codes and jurisdictional processes to material applications and construction methods, we foresee the critical path to completion and guide you there.

Adam Christie presents a home remodel project to his clients using 3D modeling software.
Lisa Christie discusses a project with a client at her Portland architecture office.

“I started this project with a vision but not the ability to articulate it. Lisa seemed to see right into my head and create exactly what I was seeing in my mind. The result was impeccable, and the process went so smoothly because of her attention to detail, organization, communication skills, and clarity of vision.”

Wendy C.


We design a variety of residential and commercial project types.

We transform existing houses to maintain charm and character while meeting modern lifestyle needs and expectations. Or we can bring your dream home to life from vision to construction. Above all, we make living spaces comfortable and memorable.

From tenant improvements and new entries to interior facelifts and ground up construction, we design commercial environments suited for work or play. Most important, we are interested in working with business owners who value beautiful spaces. We make working spaces desirable experiences.

Christie Architecture maintains an office in Portland and is licensed in Oregon, Washington and California.

Clients at Christie Architecture looking at material samples.

Ready to bring your story to life?

Residential Inquiries

(503) 490-5472
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Commercial Inquiries

(503) 756-6677
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