About Brian Libby

Brian Libby is a Portland-based architecture writer who has previously contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The Atlantic, Dwell, Architectural Record and Metropolis, among many others. He also writes the Portland Architecture blog and is an accomplished photographer and filmmaker.

Posts by Brian Libby...

To Us, Sustainability is all About Preserving and Enhancing

Posted on: 10 Apr 2020

Over the past 20 years or more, sustainable design and construction has made tremendous strides in the United States and around the world.

Because buildings account for more than half of our energy usage, it only makes sense that we … Read more

Confidently Colorful: Inspired by Color and Pattern at Home

Posted on: 22 Feb 2020

A Design Week Portland event in collaboration with the color experts at Miller Paint


The legendary French impressionist painter Claude Monet once wrote, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Monet, painting water lilies from a Giverny, … Read more

Opportunity Knocks: A Workshop for ADUs and Living Space Conversions

Posted on: 25 Sep 2019

Like nearly every large American city, Portland possesses a large stock of historic homes dating to the early 20th century and in some cases even the late 19th century.

These homes were built largely in neighborhoods that were conceived before automobiles became prevalent. Here in Portland, these relatively close-in … Read more

An Alameda Ideal

Posted on: 19 Nov 2018

The Henry-Gonzalez residence was a renovation opportunity its owners couldn’t pass up. As the autumn leaves turn color and fall from the trees, and we turn our attention to the holidays with their family gatherings, it’s hard not to look … Read more

An Irvington Revival

Posted on: 31 Oct 2018

Just in time for Halloween comes a story of black cats and a resurrected old house. Well, maybe that’s stretching things a little. But amidst this gorgeous remodel, there is at least some cat-themed wallpaper to discuss.

This magnificent house … Read more