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  1. 1. Ries Advice Architecture Architecture Testimonials Construction Management Paul turns dreams, hopes, wishes, half-glimpsed aspirations into reality. That is his talent and his gift to his clients. It starts with his really listening, not just to the client's words, but what he senses behind the words; and on seeing the final result one realizes that, "yes, that's what I wanted - I didn't know it would look like that, but that's it." It isn't a quick process, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Community Development The creation of something one will live in, live with, that will be an important & Enablement part of one's life necessarily has a complex gestation - a gentle, full coming to fruition. This co-creation (architect and clients) is itself an art form, and we feel lucky we engaged in it with Paul. Scott Forbes (971) 409-5677 I truly have appreciated the way you worked with me and the fact that you’ve been honest, open, and helpful throughout the process, providing quality work at an affordable price. Most of all, I have valued the ease of conversation and extent of communication with you. I have been very favorably impressed by your professionalism and humanity. Your input and ideas have been extremely important in bringing my project to fruition. I would highly recommend you to anyone who asks (as a matter of fact, I already have referred you to two acquaintances who are looking for architectural and building assistance. Chuck Kunert (503) 470-0908 Working with Paul Ries has been a joy. He really shows genuine excitement of his own about our project. It seems that he is as invested in our home remodel as we are. It’s wonderful to work with someone who has a real passion for his Paul Ries, profession and seems to really care about getting you what you want and Architect, making it work without breaking the bank. Not only is he a true professional NCARB who knows his craft, but he is so much fun to work with personally. He has a great sense of humor and that is so important when remodeling your home. I know we need our sense of humor during this process! I cannot recommend Paul enough, he’s a true gem. Thanks, Alex Alex Robison PO Box 3677 Executive Assistant P r l n , O 9 2 8 o t a d R 7 0 Tel 503.764.2330 Power Delivery & Thermal Assets Fax 866.936.1119 1125 NW Couch, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97209 Telephone (503) 796-7025, Mobile (971) 219-0508, Fax (503) 796-6906 Email: r e . r h t c u e @ g a l c m i s a c i e t r m i . o Paul Ries, Architect (an architecture and design counseling company)
  2. 2. 26 May 2009 To Whom it May Concern: I have worked with Paul Ries for 11 years on projects ranging from residential remodels to loft conversions of old buildings to a garbage transfer station. Over this period Paul and I have developed a special working relationship and friendship. My development style is to do what others cannot while under great pressure and time constraints. Paul seems to work well in this environment and has always been willing to step up and get the job done under these circumstances. Not one of the projects we have done together has been normal. Every project has had at least one special component such as a land use hearing, variance, change of use, etc. Because of the working relationships Paul has developed with the City, we have been able to prevail in every situation. Besides the regulatory issues, every project has involved the need for creativity and adaptability due to my habit of making silk purses out of sow’s ears. Many times I have discovered a major change I wanted to make mid project. Because of Paul’s ability to listen and see what others are seeing we have been able to perform the redesign over the phone and Paul has acquired the approvals for the permit changes while I enacted the changes. Not once has his drawings deviated from what we agreed upon. While Paul has many great ideas and a knack for design, he respects other’s opinions and dreams and does not force his personal views on a project. At the same time, it the dream is too wild, he gently places a reality check on the situation. I have enjoyed working over the years with Paul and have found him highly adaptable to just about any situation and more than willing to push the envelope in terms of design concept and application without jeopardizing his deep seated morality. Sincerely, Terrell Garrett PO Box 4483 Portland, OR 97208-4483 (503) 793-9238 We worked with Paul Ries last year to raise part of the roof and redesign the second floor of a not very big 1913 house. This was our first time working with an architect and I'm grateful we found an empathetic and creative yet down-to- earth mind to work with. There were some specific changes we knew we needed to make, but we didn't have any idea how to make everything else work. Paul listened to our stream of conscious ramblings and came up with a visually exciting, smart plan (which, due to the economy, we haven't been able to execute yet). He came up with an engineering idea that should save us money during construction. He communicated quickly, responded to our questions at length, took our concerns to heart, and was patient with us when we were distracted from the process - it was fascinating to watch him come up with creative and aesthetically pleasing solutions and we are delighted with how the house will look. Catherine and Michael Peroni (503) 807-5644
  3. 3. Most of us who are homeowners do not get the opportunity to work with Architects very often, some of us never do. Many probably feel that they can have their contractor do the design for them, or that they can do it themselves. While no two situations are ever the same, hopefully our experiences can help you with your project. Last fall we decided to embark on a major change. We downsized from a 3400 square foot three level 9 year old custom home (too much space for the two of us) to a 40 year old 1800 square foot rambler that was just off the 13th green at our Country Club. Going in to the change we knew that there would be some significant “face lifts” needed. Most notable was a change to the kitchen and replacement of the original (40 year old) cabinets! Other future changes will be needed as well, but we’ll focus on the kitchen. After moving into our new home, we spent a couple months just determining what our priorities were and what potential changes we might want. We also attended a local home remodeling and home improvement shows. We discovered that many of the contractors were “design build”. In other words, if they didn’t design the job, they wouldn’t bid it or do the work. The design build may work well, however our experience/fear was that this was a recipe for never being able to have truly comparative construction bids. Furthermore, it is my experience from business that engaging the right professionals can save time and significant amounts of money. During this time we were referred to Paul Ries by our favorite Starbucks barista (who has a degree in architecture). We contacted Paul and scheduled an initial interview. From the very first appointment Paul showed us that he was different from the staid corporate, big firm architects. His professional resume was great; however it was the time he took to get to know our interests, likes/dislikes and desires that truly made the difference. Paul took it beyond the structural to determine the elements that would make the difference for us. Paul presented us with multiple options for design; ranging from minimal structure change, with lower cost, to full demo with corresponding cost increase. Paul worked through numerous options with us and helped us to arrive at the solution that best met our needs. Throughout the entire process Paul was readily available and provided thoughtful input. From a pure architectural standpoint, our plans sailed through County permitting, without issue. More importantly as construction moved forward and questions arose, Paul was there with advice and the ability to make minor changes for our review prior to our contractor’s execution. Now that the project is done, we are ecstatic! From a financial standpoint we view this as money well invested. From a lifestyle perspective we now have a living (emphasis on livable) space that we will enjoy for years to come. This was a process that was enhanced by Paul’s thoughtful approach to the lifestyle design of space. Jon Nicholson VP/GM Oregon & SW Washington tw telecom inc. 520 SW 6th, Suite 400 Portland, OR 97204 Phone: 503-416-1855 Fax: 503-416-1555 Cell: 503-319-4725
  4. 4. In April of 2005 my partner and I purchased a semi –condemned old house on Vancouver Ave in North Portland with the intention of developing it into a business. It had great bones but needed to be completely redesigned in order to fit our long term needs. After interviewing and receiving proposals from a number of architects, we had no hesitation in choosing Paul Ries to work with. Early on there were certain things that stood out about Paul. He was able very quickly to come to a comprehensive understanding of our vision, the challenges and opportunities present AND the most effective way to address them and move forward. He had an exceptional design sense, especially in the problem solving realm. We had a vision and with Paul’s help, began to see that vision take shape. Some of our biggest challenges included: a very tight budget, a myriad of design and legal/code issues in a renovation from a residential to a commercial application that would maximize the usage. Paul worked with us patiently, creatively, and confidently through the many challenges, including the complicated change of occupancy process that this project necessitated. Paul is amazing to work with - he is a keen listener; he skillfully and creatively works through problems - even on the fly; he is extremely flexible and patient throughout the design build process; and perhaps most importantly, in our very complex project, he was absolutely masterful in working with the city though all of the necessary stages! I would highly recommend Paul as a strong team member on any project! Lili Scott, Lac the North Portland Wellness Center 4922 N Vancouver AV Portland, OR 97217 503-493-9398 Clinic 503-730-4249 Cell
  5. 5. I have known Paul Ries for several years. I am an architect also but have never worked with Paul directly, but I am confident in saying, Paul’s pursuit of good design and constructibility speaks volumes of Paul’s understanding of architecture and ability to work with clients to solve their spatial or structural problems in a most efficient and economical manner. I work for the City of Portland as a commercial plans examiner currently, and Paul consistently provides detailed drawings that are both clear and concise that always addresses the building code as well as show his desire to make spaces more interesting that provide light, energy savings, good spatial composition and designed in such a way that is easy to construct thus saving money for the owner. Paul has a great sense of humor and a true love of architecture. Paul has great communication skills and loves the challenges that architecture provides. The more complicated the project, the more intrigued Paul is with the project. Paul is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. Peter Drake Architect Plans Examiner City of Portland (503) 823-7717 Architect to Architect I have known Paul for many years. Paul's commitment to Architecture surpasses most of my colleagues. While I have entered the public sector working for the City of Portland, Paul has insisted on maintaining his private practice. We have tried to recruit him, but he enjoys the creative process and I do not think he could sustain his inner self without practicing Architecture. As an Architect his technical expertise is superb. Whether we discuss a multistory building or a home addition he understands how to build it. Architecture is much more than technical. Paul builds with the technical but he creates with the ethereal. Raphael Goodblatt Architect Former Plans Examiner City of Portland (503) 734-8210