It takes all kinds of ideas and client requests to make a good architecture story.

Take the handiwork that SRT Partnership Inc. performed at Jane Sanders Stadium, in Eugene. The firm worked with the University of Oregon's sports department to fully integrate the ever-important Duck brand into the new softball stadium.

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Which, in 2017, means that "bold yellows pop out from the stealthy, black façade of the box office and team building ... The iconic wing-shaped structure soars high above the concourse and seating bowl and has become synonymous with Oregon softball’s innovative brand," the Portland firm explains.

There are also features, a spot for the Sanders Family donor story and ties to the local wood industry.

The project came across the transom when we asked SRG and 14 other top Portland-area architecture firms to send us some of their favorite or notable projects. As with this one, we came away from the exercise impressed by the breadth of knowledge and creativity that each project contains. (You can see for yourself by clicking on the picture above.)

The slideshow with this story coincides with the Friday release of our top Metro-Area Architecture firms. The firms are ranked by the number of licensed architects within each local office.

Here's what we found when assembling the list:

  • There are 718 overall licensed architects working at the 25 firms on the list.
  • There are 2.4 percent more architects working at those firms than there were last year.
  • All told, those firms also employ 142 registered interior designers.
  • Mahlum Architects of Portland is the oldest firm in the top 25, having launched in 1938.

Click through on the link above to get a glance at the projects that bring the most pride to Portland's top architecture firms.

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