February 03 2017

LEVER receives Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York

LEVER has been selected to be part of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program for 2017. The award recognizes architects, land­scape architects, and urban designers whose distinctive voices promise to influence architectural discourse, design, and practice for years to come. As part of the program, Thomas Robinson will present the firm’s work on March 16th in New York City. Click here for more details on the 2017 Emerging Voices.

February 03 2017

Thomas Robinson named ENR Top Newsmaker

Engineering News Record named Thomas Robinson one of its Top 25 Newsmakers for 2016. Award recipients are recognized for having gone above and beyond to serve the best interests of the construction industry and the public. ENR highlighted Robinson’s work to advance the mass timber movement through performance-based design. Click this link to read the full profile.



January 01 2017

Associated Press features LEVER projects

The Associated Press explores the mass timber movement and demonstrates how LEVER projects like Framework and Albina Yard are forging a new path for construction in North America. Click here for a video featuring Thomas Robinson, as well as our collaborators at DR Johnson Lumber, KPFF, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.

November 11 2016

Timber in the City symposium at Parsons


Join us for Timber in the City at Parsons School of Design on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm. Thomas Robinson will present LEVER’s work with CLT and discuss the path to widespread use of mass timber in North America. Not in New York City? The symposium will be broadcast in real time. For more information or to livestream the event please visit this link.

November 10 2016

L’Angolo Estate opens Thanksgiving weekend


Our design for L’Angolo Estate, a new family-owned winery outside of Newberg, Oregon, opens to the public Thanksgiving weekend. The Tasting Room reflects the Estate’s approach to winemaking, being a direct expression of the Oregon soils and climate without embellishment. Please visit this link to learn more about L’Angolo Estate.

October 14 2016

Breakthrough fire testing for Framework


Framework has successfully completed two significant fire tests, demonstrating for the first time the feasibility of tall mass timber buildings in the US. The two-hour fire rating achieved for the glulam beam to glulam column connection is a fundamental breakthrough in mass timber construction, exceeding results conducted anywhere in the world. Combined with the two-hour fire rating achieved for CLT floors, this system allows mass timber to be used for high-rise construction, with some of the timber exposed.


The tests were made possible by a $1.5 million grant from the USDA, Softwood Lumber Board, and Binational Softwood Lumber Council as part of the 2014 US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. Test results will be made public to reduce the financial burden on mass timber projects to carry out their own tests, accelerating the adoption of CLT in the building industry.

September 30 2016

LEVER projects in Smithsonian Magazine


“We were interested in thinking about our building materials in the same way chefs think about ingredients, and tailor what we are doing to the ingredient. Especially if it’s a great ingredient.” Thomas Robinson talks with Smithsonian Magazine about LEVER mass timber projects Albina Yard and Framework. Click here for the full article.


September 21 2016

Timber City opens at the National Building Museum


Timber City, a new exhibition featuring the work of LEVER Architecture, opened at the National Building Museum in Washington DC on September 17, 2016. The exhibition challenges the assumption that wood is an outmoded building material, highlighting emerging timber construction techniques and their potential to revolutionize building in the US. Timber City is on view through May 21, 2017. Learn more about timber’s high-tech renaissance on Curbed.

September 15 2016

We’ve moved


We’ve moved! LEVER Architecture is now located at Albina Yard in Northeast Portland. One of our own designs, Albina Yard is the first office building in the US made with domestically-fabricated CLT. Click the link to learn more about Albina Yard.