About

Design Department Architecture is a Portland firm offering full architectural and design services for clients. Formed in 2008, the firm remains small and focused on compelling projects of all scales.

Recent projects include mixed-use buildings, offices, bars, restaurants, and microbreweries. Design Department creates approachable, well crafted, and site-specific designs that are unique to each individual project.

 

 

Ben Hufford, Principal | Architect

Ben has an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Carleton College, and a Masters in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University. He has 20 years experience in architecture, has worked on both US coasts and Asia, and has a national NCARB registration. Ben holds active licenses in Oregon, Colorado and Washington, and is a LEED accredited professional.

Ben is the founder and Principal of Design Department Architecture, where he has completed over 80 restaurant and bar projects in Portland. He can advise on feasibility of hospitality, retail, restaurant and bar locations. Ben recognizes and values that each client’s goals are unique.


Erin Jacke, Practice Manager | Oregon Commercial Real Estate Broker

Intuitive, organized, and a great communicator, Erin leads client discussions and builds collaborative relationships throughout the life of each project. Her commitment to clients inspired her to get her broker license, enabling her to guide clients on a successful search for their perfect restaurant, bar, or retail location in Portland. Working with clients from day one allows Design Department to consult on practical matters, in addition to designing distinctive spaces.