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MEET OUR TEAM 2017-06-12T22:06:12+00:00

Our Mission

We focus our endeavors toward finding balance in social, financial and environmental achievements.

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 an Oregon certified Woman Owned Business (WBE), Emerging Small Business (ESB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). #7559

We have architects licensed in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Indiana, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as LEED AP BD+C.

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.

Convergence Architecture contributes to your projects with:

  • Innovative thinking

  • Opportunity-based solutions

  • Proactive communication

  • Respectful interactions

  • Collaborative perspectives

  • Experience-based solutions

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!

Eric Rosewall, Program Director, Depave

Meet The Team

Barb Anderson

Principal

Barb Anderson brings over 13 years of architectural experience in the Portland area.

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She has participated in the design of over twenty new and remodeled fire stations, as well as a variety of other building types, such as office buildings, optometrist clinics, and industrial buildings. She enjoys managing projects and facilitating communication among team members to ensure that the process runs smoothly and efficiently.

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

Principal

Joseph Purkey began working in architecture in 2003, gathering experience in all phases of design and project mgt. 

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He first went out on his own in 2006 and founded the firm as Profile Design, where he specialized in commercial, healthcare, and hospitality projects. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

Joseph also consults to the St. Johns Neighborhood Association, St. Johns Main Street Design Coalition, and Friends of Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association on land use and design issues.

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Elijah Elder

Principal

Eli Elder has over 15 years of experience in the field of architecture and construction.

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Before co-founding Convergence Architecture he worked for several architecture firms in Portland and in Austin, Texas and has a great deal of experience in managing the design of projects ranging from small residential remodels to large housing projects. He spent several years at a design/build firm specializing in green construction practices and has continued to utilize this experience in his ongoing work. He is very interested in design that stems from an ongoing conversation with the client resulting in joint ownership of the design.

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 Kabanuk

Allen’s architectural experience includes retail, commercial, institutional and industrial projects.

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He is a thorough project manager and enjoys the challenges each project brings. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington State University and is a Registered Architect in Oregon, Washington and North Dakota.

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 Robins

Adam has over 11 years in design and over 15 years in construction, with experience in contract…

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administration, project management, design, and waterproofing investigations and consulting. Adam has worked on a broad variety of projects including transportation facilities, public works, historic buildings, single and multifamily residential, civil projects, site planning and development, and educational and religious institutions, with project history spanning Oregon, California, Washington, Utah, and Ireland. He collaborates with design professionals, consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders to successfully complete projects meeting client needs.

Adam has a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

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Monica Ahlers

Monica began her architecture career in 2007. Her project experience includes fire stations,

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police stations and commercial tenant improvements – seeing the projects through from programming through construction. She has coordinated LEED certification of four projects and assisted with four others – all meeting their goal or better! In her spare time, Monica does floral design for weddings and other events with Monica Ahlers Floral Design.

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David Islas

David Islas joined Convergence Architecture in 2014 as a recent graduate of the School…

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of Architecture at Portland State University. He is well versed in CAD, Revit, Sketchup and virtual reality software and techniques. He enjoys being involved in the community and currently volunteers for the St. Johns Main Street Coalition.

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Christa Holden

Originally from Texas, Christa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in…

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Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003, where she was honored as the UTSA Most Outstanding Architecture Student 2003. She has worked as a freelance architectural designer and artist, including graphic design work and instructing community art classes in screen printing, mosaics, and painting. She has worked on various projects, such as Portland’s Union Station, three new multi-family residential buildings, and several single family remodels and additions. Christa has a hands on approach and has used her repertoire of abilities to sew upholstered cushions for the bench in our new conference room space as well as to stencil the Convergence Architecture signage on the front of our building!

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Crystal Glanz-Kreutz

Crystal earned an AAS in Interior Design from Portland Community

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College, with an emphasis on sustainability. She uses her strong drafting skills to lead production efforts on projects and provides interior design assistance. Small space solutions are a personal passion of Crystal’s, from private residences to tenant improvement projects. Crystal has strong verbal and written communication skills, abilities which strengthen design conversations with clients and the design team. She is an active member of the St. Johns community, having held a position on the St. Johns Neighborhood Association board, as well as other community organizations.

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Maria Rojas

Maria brings to the team over three years in management experience.

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Managing herself as a freelance landscaper, managing a movie theater, and even managing our local St. Johns Farmers Market. She grew up in Vermont and moved to Portland eight years ago. She completed her Bachelor degree at Portland State University. She loves hiking in the Pacific Northwest, board games, and sports.

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