Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

Beaverton, OR
Designing a Cultural Jewel

Great art requires talent and determination. Building a showcase for the arts is equally ambitious. The Center for the Arts is a watershed development in Beaverton’s history — a city that balances high livability standards with the need for rapid growth.

Knot Studio designed this center’s environmental graphics to bring the community together while bridging its surrounding urban and natural environments. Knot Studio’s design weaves the unique elements of the building’s design with its environment, creating ties between the urban hardscape and the beauty of an adjacent stream. As Beaverton’s cultural jewel, the new theater, art gallery, exhibit space, and classrooms are a unifying force in the city’s diverse culture. A firm understanding of the architectural narrative drove Knot Studio’s design process, which included exercises using visioning cards to create a theme for the environmental graphics design.

Research into the rich natural history of this Washington County city revealed the vital role of an adjacent stream to the area’s overall ecosystem. With this deep understanding gained from iterative experimentation, Knot Studio designed a program that celebrates the site’s subtle natural beauties while communicating the center’s architectural language.

For a deeper look, see our case study.

City of Beaverton
2022, AIA Northwest and Pacific Region, Citation Award, The Reser
2022, IIDA Oregon, Impact Award – Community, The Reser
Knot Services
Environmental Graphic Design