The history of our Portland studio dates to 1983, when three architects formed a firm called DOWA, or Dull Olson Weekes Architects. After a few years of working in various sectors, DOWA focused almost exclusively on designing K-12 facilities for school districts in Oregon and Southern Washington. In 2010, the three founding principals sold the firm to Arcadis, meaning that over the past twelve years we have operated as DOWA IBI Group, Arcadis IBI Group, and now Arcadis.
Our Seattle-based team of school design specialists has always been an important part of our presence in the Pacific Northwest and was part of Arcadis brand until our recent acquisition by Arcadis.
Throughout these transitions, our message has been consistent: “same great people, same great service, different name.”