Polymath Studio

We are a full-service Architecture and Design studio, based in Portland, Oregon, serving the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We specialize in:


Clean lines, an honest expression of material and structure, abundant light and air, and a strong connection to nature.


Add that second story or bump out the backturn your current house into the house of your dreams.


Live small, embrace multi-generational living, or earn rental income. Help find the Missing Middle.


Simple designs, elegant details, and high quality living spaces.


Certified Passive House Consultant. LEED Accredited Professional. Save the planet — and on your utility bills.


A selection of our recent projects

West Hills Residence

A reimagination and renovation of indoor and outdoor spaces in Hillsdale

Warehouse Renovation

A conversion of a 1950's warehouse building into a high tech office and manufacturing space

On the Boards: Lake Oswego Adult Community Center

Renovation with a focus on improved wayfinding, accessibility, and program organization

Purrington’s Cat Lounge

A playful renovation of a bowstring truss building to house a cat adoption cafe

On the Boards: Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center

A significant renovation gives new life to an aging tennis facility.

On the Boards: Richmond Duplex

A new multi-family residential project in the heart of Portland's Richmond neighborhood

Kenton Lookout Tower

A striking three-story live/work space in North Portland

Westwind Apartments

A renovation of a four-unit mid-century modern apartment building

Marguerite ADU

A contemporary lofted ADU in Southeast Portland

Arlington Heights Renovation

A sophisticated update to a historical home in Arlington Heights

On The Boards: Underwood Addition

A dramatic addition to a mid-century modern home in Southwest Portland

On the Boards: Court / House

A contemporary residence organized around a central courtyard

Alder Lift

An 1888 Victorian is rescued from its crumbling brick foundation

Ladd’s Renovation

A tasteful update to a 1904 home in the Ladd's Addition Historic District

Hawthorne Addition

A contemporary, yet sympathetic, addition to a 1925 bungalow

Caruthers ADU

A conversion of an historical garage into an ultra-compact studio apartment

Basement of Dreams

An extensive basement renovation in SE Portland

Killingsworth ADU

A 550sf lofted dwelling with a beautiful exposed-structure wood ceiling

About us

We design things. Mostly buildings. We advocate for Idea and Craft in the man-made world.

Sean Barnett, AIA

Oliver Brandt

Brendan Albano, RA, CPHC®

Vig Madhavan



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