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Started in 2006, Convergence Architecture specializes in planning, architecture, and interior design services for commercial, residential, healthcare, and public clients. The firm’s portfolio of work is diverse in scope and building type, but our design approach is always the same: strong team communication between architect, client, and consultants to converge on a design that integrates budget, program, and aesthetic goals.
Convergence Architecture is a woman owned, certified firm, with architects licensed in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Indiana, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as LEED AP BD+C.
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With three experienced principals – each with complementary strengths – as well as a diverse, responsive staff, we draw on each other’s expertise to ensure each phase of a project goes smoothly and successfully.
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Working with Convergence Architecture to transform the playground at James John Elementary was a great experience. Joseph gracefully guided our vision for the space over the course of two years, and connected us to the right specialists and solid contractors to help accomplish our goals. The project wouldn’t have been a success without them. Thanks from the Crew at Depave!
When we purchased our home with a detached Accessory Dwelling Unit, we had no idea the lengths we would have to go to legalize the building and make it safe for my mom to retire in. Barb Anderson and the rest of the team at Convergence provided the expertise, guidance, insights, and ideas that got us over the panic of having to rebuild nearly everything. They helped us throughout the construction as well by answering questions and providing guidance when we ran into roadblocks. The project is nearly complete now, and the structure is fully legal per the city’s code enforcement division, and we couldn’t be happier with how it all came together. The second home is beautiful.
I was privileged to work with Joe Purkey of Convergence Architecture on quite a few of his projects, and I was truly impressed with his professionalism, thoughtful designs, and knowledge of construction. I would recommend him without reservation!
Meet The Team
Barb Anderson began her architectural career in 2000 with the majority of her architectural experience in the Portland area.
Barb graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from North Dakota State University and is a registered architect in Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.
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Joseph Purkey began working in architecture in 2003, gathering experience in all phases of design and project management.
Joseph also consults to the St. Johns Neighborhood Association, St. Johns Center for Opportunity, and Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association on land use and design issues.
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Eli Elder began his work in the field of architecture and construction in 1999.
Eli received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a registered architect in the States of Oregon, California, Indiana, Idaho and Washington.
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Allen’s architectural experience includes retail, commercial, institutional and industrial projects.
Allen was raised in Spokane and is an avid hiker, having hiked most of the Pacific Crest Trail through Washington.
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Adam has over 11 years in design and over 15 years in construction, with experience in contract…
Adam has a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Kristie Van Boxtel
Kristie began her career in 2006 after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design.
One of her favorite project types is housing. “I remember going to the “site” of one of my projects in NW that was already operating with construction almost wrapped up to check on furniture deliveries and talk about touch-ups with the Contractor. I saw a new resident lounging on a couch in the community room watching TV. It really hit me that what was “work” for me was literally someone else’s “home” and that felt really meaningful.”
When she’s not working, she enjoys baking, photography, writing letters, cheering on the Portland Trail Blazers and spending time with her family and friends.
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Monica began her architecture career in 2007. Her project experience includes fire stations,
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Crystal earned an AAS in Interior Design from Portland Community College,
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, working in her garden, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
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Amy has a bachelor’s degree in History from Lewis and Clark College and a master’s degree in Architecture from Portland State University.
Amy focuses on how architecture can accommodate various users to address local needs, promote social equality within a building’s context, and extend economic and environmental impact. While completing her master’s program, she volunteered on a temporary housing project for houseless veterans and post-earthquake redevelopment in Ecuador. She also volunteers with the Rebuilding Center. Outside of work, she plays in the woods with her partner and a white german shepherd named Baloo.
Philipp is currently a Portland State University student, pursuing a degree in architecture.
In his spare time, Philipp volunteers for the annual Russian Conferences, Habitat for Humanity, and Friends of Trees.
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Alisa Pallister joined Convergence Architecture in 2022 as a recent graduate of the Architectural Design…
Alisa has a passion for sustainability and universal design. She loves working with clients to understand their unique needs and creating designs that will stand the test of time. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, paddle boarding and hiking.
Maria brings to the team over three years in management experience.
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