Laura's Place


Location: Portland, Oregon

Category: Up to $1.5m in construction costs (category two)

This expansion project creates a safe, supportive, and propelling transitional home for mothers and their children while reflecting, supporting, and transforming the cultural context of its residents.

Laura’s Place is a supportive transitional housing facility for pregnant or parenting women who have graduated from an in-patient treatment facility. It offers mothers who have successfully completed their treatment programs a communal home where they can take their next step in the recovery process. Laura’s Place serves an average of 16 women and 16 children every year.

The fundamental role of this expansion project was one of reflecting, supporting, and transforming the cultural context of the residents. This was done in a number of ways, from the overall site planning to the design of the new transitional housing units. The emphasis was to create a safe, supportive, and propelling transitional home for the mothers and their children.

Critical to the project’s success was the collaborative effort, in part pro bono, by the entire project team and project partners.

Additional information

Structural engineer: Nickerson Engineering

General contractor: O'Neill Construction Group


Jean Dufresne, AIA (Chair), Space Architects + Planners, Chicago

Richard Fernau, FAIA, Fernau + Hartman Architects, Berkeley, California

Joyce Hwang, AIA, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo, New York

Jack Travis, FAIA, Jack Travis FAIA Architect, Bronx, New York

Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY Los Angeles, Culver City, California

Image credits


Joshua Jay Elliot


Joshua Jay Elliot


Joshua Jay Elliot


Brian Cavanaugh


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