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.
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.
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.
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.