Clever Ep. 151: Architect Chandra Robinson

On this episode of Clever, Amy Devers talks to LEVER Architecture Principal and Portland Design Commissioner Chandra Robinson. A Portland native, she grew up with a great love for outdoor education, inspiring her to spend years as a sea kayaking guide and to study geography and physics. From an early age though, she was always fascinated by buildings and developed a deep love for spaces that felt safe, welcoming and comfortable. She eventually found her way to Boston Architectural Center where she earned her MArch and found exceptional opportunities to work at firms of all sizes. Returning to Portland, she found her professional home at LEVER. First as an architect and now as a Principal, she’s led groundbreaking projects such as the Meyer Memorial Trust in Lower Albina. She is resourceful, brilliant and dedicated to making her hometown feel welcoming, beautiful and accessible to all. Listen:

The largest CLT and Glu-lam building in the US. Completed in 2018. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman.

The largest CLT and Glu-lam building in the US. Completed in 2018. View of the double height all-hands space highlighting the CLT and glu-lam structure. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman.

Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters. The spaces allow staff to work away from their desks and take advantage of great light and views. This image is from the garden looking into the convening space. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman

Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters, mission library. Photo: Jeremy Bitterman

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