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.


BLRB is not currently hiring, though we encourage you to check back regularly for job openings.


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.


Bob Lindstrom, AIA // Principal

Bob joined BLRB in 1997 and has served as an associate principal of the firm since 2011. With nearly 30 years of experience, Bob has worked almost exclusively on the planning, design and delivery of K-12 projects. Bob is consistently recognized for his collaborative, creative and practical approach to project development and delivery.

Lee Fenton, AIA, LEED® AP // Principal

A seasoned architect, designer and project manager with more than 30 years of experience focused on educational architecture, Lee’s work has been recognized with dozens of 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.

Richard Higgins, AIA, LEED® AP // Principal

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.

Greg McCracken, AIA // Managing Principal

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.

Seth Anderson, AIA, LEED® AP // Principal

Seth is an award-winning architect with more than 18 years of architectural experience. Seth served as principal architect and owner of Ascent Architecture, which was acquired by BLRB Architects in 2019. Seths has a preponderance of experience in the planning and design of mixed use multi-family housing projects, as well as hospitality, medical and industrial facilities. Seth is principal of BLRB’s Bend office.

Ron Harpel, AIA // Principal

Ron has a background in educational and civic architecture that spans more than 30 years. He is committed to enhancing the public domain, and recreational, educational and community projects are the focus of his professional pursuits. As a leader in our Tacoma office, Ron is actively involved in civic matters.