Paul McKean architecture is an architectural design studio located in Portland, Oregon. We work with clients who love design and enjoy the process of building. We believe that there is beauty in simplicity, and that good architecture improves lives and respects nature. Our designs tend to be simple, efficient and materials-driven. This approach lends itself to smaller homes that are cost-effective, durable and energy efficient.

Paul started his career in his hometown of Chicago where he worked on renovations to several hallmark buildings including the Mandel Brothers Warehouse designed by Holabird and Roche, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Henderson house. After coming to Oregon in 1995, Paul spent 6 years designing sustainable K-12 schools at Bora architects and then four years at Yost Grube Hall focused on higher education. PMA was formed in 2005.

You will find most of our work in Portland and The Gorge / Mt Hood area. Our first project was a modest, modern retreat on Neal Creek, near Odell. Since then we have built six new homes up and down the Hood River valley, reaching across to White Salmon, and over to the Mosier highlands. Paul is registered in Oregon and Washington, is a member of the AIA, and is a LEED accredited professional.

PMA is actively engaged in the research and application of prefabricated building technology. Initially funded by a research grant from the Architectural Foundation of Oregon, PMa is connected to high-quality manufacturers of prefabricated building systems in the Northwest.