Karina Adams Architecture is a multidisciplinary design practice that focuses on helping you navigate the design and building process while expressing your individuality. We are open to your ideas and specific needs and do not have a preconceived notion of what we think your design should be. Often, people think they want to hire a contractor or builder who does the design in-house.  This method might be fine for some customers.  However, if you truly want a unique project, need to see all the options that are open to you, or just need someone who can help you bring your vision into focus, hiring an architect is the way to go.  An architect can also help during construction by acting as an extra set of eyes on quality control and costs.


Karina is an abstract, collaborative problem solver.  She believes that interior and exterior architecture should both be considered in order to create a holistic, well-rounded, and integrated solution for your project.  Karina feels that having quality space is more important than necessarily having larger quantities of space.  Sara Susanka's Not So Big House movement epitomizes those values.  Her books are a great way to get ideas for your project and think about quality, functional space.



Karina Adams is an architect and interior designer with over 20 years of experience. She works with residential, hospitality, and commercial clients on their projects in Portland, Oregon and in surrounding communities. She also collaborates with artists, architects, non-profits, and contractors on their projects.  Karina enjoys working with various outside organization including the Portland Audubon, Architects in Schools, and the Portland State School of Architecture. 



Licensed Architect: State of Oregon and State of Washington

Master of Architecture

Bachelor of Science, Interior Design

NCARB Certified: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

NCIDQ Certified: National Council for Interior Design Qualification

Certificate in Public Interest Design: Portland State University

LEED Green Associate: USGBC

CSBI: Certified Sustainable Building Advisor

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