We appreciate the fact that while our clients engage BLRB for their projects, it is our individual team members with whom they will work side by side. We employ some of the most experienced architects and construction professionals in the Northwest – and all are genuinely committed to their work, community and the communities we serve. Throughout every department of our firm, we are proud of the character, responsiveness, and integrity all of our staff brings to their work and we respect and value the contributions of each of our team members.

Diversity is a core value for our firm, one that enriches and strengthens our work environment and informs our project designs. For every project, as with our firm, we seek to create environments that support and respect differences of culture, ethnicity, gender and age. BLRB is an inclusive, non-discriminatory employer and actively employs efforts that enhance the diversity of our firm and project partners.


What makes BLRB Architects unique? Our employees do!
Across the board, our team members are committed to innovative, inspirational, high-performance design and responsive, client-centered service. We love what we do and are passionate about design that enhances the daily experience of the people who use the buildings and spaces we create. We value team interaction and the expression of individual points of view, and provide a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth. We’re always looking for the best and the brightest – energetic, enthusiastic professionals with critical thinking skills and a strong design sense, who enjoy working in a collaborative environment. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply!

Current Openings:

Project Managers/construction admin. - Project Architects - Interns (ALL OFFICES)

BLRB Architects is seeking highly qualified and experienced candidates for our growing regional firm. Positions are available in Tacoma and Spokane, WA and Portland and Bend, Oregon.

Project Manager/Construction Administrator: Great opportunity for strong leadership role. 
Fifteen years of experience, K-12 education projects preferred.
Excellent management and technical skills along with marketing and business development skills.
Understanding of the design and documentation process and ability to manage large scale projects.
Understanding of architectural planning, construction documents, specifications, and building codes. 
Ability to work successfully with other professionals in a collaborative work environment
Superior communication, organizational, and leadership skills
Professional and personal community participation outside of the office.
Proficient in Revit, AutoCAD and MS Office, (Blu-beam experience a bonus.)

Project Architect / Job Captain: Successful candidates should be creative, possess excellent design skills, be service oriented and self-motivated. 
Seven years of experience; Bachelor or Master Degree of Architecture from an accredited program.
Licensed or working toward licensure.
USGBC LEED-AP encouraged.
Professional and personal community participation outside of the office encouraged.
Leadership, organization, communication and team building skills.
Ability to contribute to construction document development.
Consultant, client and jurisdictional communication and coordination.
Ability to solve complex technical and design issues
Proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, rendering programs Adobe Suites, MS Office, etc.

Intern Architect:  Successful candidates should be collaborative and excel at graphic representation and design. Along with other assignments you will create early design graphics and concepts for interviews and presentations and the schematic and design development phases.
Bachelor or Master Degree of Architecture from an accredited program.
Self-motivated and self-disciplined with a passion for design.
Exceptional graphic abilities.
Highly proficient at Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suites, MS Office, Outlook, etc.
Professional and personal community participation outside the office is encouraged.
Leadership, organization, communication and team building skills.

BLRB Architects is a four office and multidisciplinary firm that has been serving clients in the Northwest for over 60 years. Our mission statement is to deliver relevant design shaped by every voice. Our values are design relevance, authenticity and accountability, work life balance, service above self, professional and personal prosperity, a culture of learning, and to cultivate ownership and growth.

BLRB offers an excellent salary/benefit package including profit sharing, 401k, medical/life insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave. BLRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply please send cover letter, resume and graphic work samples (under 8 mb) via email to Please include position and preferred location in subject line.


Founded in 1953 by architect Donald Burr, FAIA, BLRB Architects has evolved to become one of the Northwest’s leading architecture firms. We are a firm of 60 professionals in Washington and Oregon, providing facility planning, programming, conceptual design, and complete architectural services for multiple project types, with an emphasis on projects for public use. In the United States, our clients are located throughout the Pacific Northwest; internationally, we have provided services to clients in China and Brazil. Adept at a wide variety of project types, our firm’s focused specialties include educational architecture, historic building assessment, documentation, preservation and restoration, and high-performance sustainable design.

Mission-Driven Design

Architectural design has a significant influence on educational practice and student success. As specialists in educational architecture, we are dedicated to design that enhances instructional excellence and bolsters student achievement. Over the years, we have become the region’s leader in contemporary K-12 design by researching, analyzing and anticipating educational trends, maintaining on-going dialogue with education professionals about how architecture can enhance learning, and pioneering advancements in design that best support instructional goals and student achievement. Our breadth of experience, coupled with active participation in professional educational organizations, has given us an understanding of current and future trends in educational practice that is unique to the region.
Preserving History

Historic buildings are embedded in the identity of their communities and embody the growth and development of the surrounding region. For nearly 40 years, we have practiced a balanced approach to the preservation and restoration of historic architecture, celebrating the iconic character of buildings while renovating them to support contemporary use and needs. Our service capacity for this important project type was expanded in 2010 with the implementation of our Historic Preservation Studio.
Sustainable Leadership

Donald Burr, FAIA, BLRB’s founding principal, was a committed leader in energy-conscious design from the earliest national conversations about environmental conservation in the 1970s. An overarching emphasis on sustainable architecture is infused through all we do and our designs have been recognized for excellence in this regard. We designed the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certifiable public school in Washington State (Greenwood Elementary), the first LEED® certified project in Bend, Oregon and the first LEED® Platinum project in Pierce County, Washington. We have been integrating into our designs most of the sustainable elements currently seen as leading edge for nearly 20 years.
Through all that we do, we work collaboratively with our clients and their stakeholders to achieve contemporary yet timeless buildings that are durable, functional, inspirational and cost-efficient, never losing sight of the fact that every element of our design will affect the daily experience of those who use them now and far into the future.



Principal (left)

Mike is a talented architect and project manager with more than 30 years of experience spanning projects of every scale. His expertise includes all elements of project planning, design, construction phasing and administration, and he has managed more than 60 public facility projects for educational, municipal and governmental clients. He also has significant experience in the planning and design of multi-family housing, medical, industrial and commercial properties. A native Oregonian, Mike oversees the operation of BLRB’s Bend office.

Principal (center left)

Ron has a comprehensive background in educational and civic architecture that spans more than 30 years. He is personally and professionally committed to enhancing the public domain, and recreational, educational and community-enhancing projects are the focus of his professional pursuits. As a leader in our Tacoma office (and 2015 AIA Pearson Award recipient for community volunteerism), Ron is actively involved in civic matters and has lent his time and talent to a variety of initiatives including Tacoma Public School’s Citizen Leadership Committee, the Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the Tacoma Arts Commission, among others.

Greg McCracken, AIA
Managing Principal (center)

With more than 25 years of architectural experience focused on the development and delivery of educational and public works projects, Greg provides leadership and oversight across all of our firm’s regional offices and operations. He has completed more than 50 educational projects, both secondary and post-secondary, and an equal number of public facility projects for governmental and public agency clients. Focused predominantly on K-12 planning and design, Greg’s expertise encompasses all project phases from visioning through to construction administration. Based in our Spokane office, Greg also spends significant time at each of our regional offices.

Richard Higgins, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C

Principal (center right)

Charged with oversight of BLRB’s Portland office, Richard has more than 30 years of architectural planning and design experience. For the last 20 years, his professional focus has been on educational architecture and he has established an excellent regional reputation for collaborative project development, creative design solutions and responsive client service. Richard has completed more than 50 educational facility projects of every scope and scale for secondary and post-secondary clients throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Lee Fenton, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C

Principal (right)

A seasoned architect, designer and project manager with an exclusive 27-year focus on educational architecture, Lee’s work has been recognized with more than 30 awards for educational and architectural excellence by a variety of associations and publications. His collaborative, intuitive and creative approach to facility planning and design yields imaginative, forward-thinking, yet imminently practical design solutions that address client needs while consistently exceeding expectations. Along with Ron, Lee oversees operation of our Tacoma office.