Boyce Postma

Boyce Postma

Portland, OR, US



I am an adventurous architectural designer living in Tokyo. I have designed with a number of award winning architecture firms and recently earned my M.Arch from the University of Oregon. I currently design for Kengo Kuma and Associates as an architectural intern, assisting in the design of the Portland Japanese Gardens Expansion.

I am intensely analytical, highly driven, and the master of a vivid imagination. I am passionate about design research and schematic development for projects that change perceptions of what architecture can be in an urban context. My career is focused on new programmatic hybrids creating dense urban environments with refined craftsmanship and forward looking integrated technology. I am most interested in architecture of the public domain and its opportunity to dramatically enhance experience of space.


- I put out fires. I love the pressure of fixing quickly escalating systemic problems.

- Calm, Collected and Efficient.

- Powerful sense of ideation. Perhaps with a sense of naivety, I believe anything is possible in our built environment if only we are brave enough to venture into unknown territories.

- Experienced. I have worked with award winning firms Kengo Kuma and Associates, atelierjones, and IDC Architects. My interest in schematic/design development, information graphics and systems analysis have been a recognized asset in collaborative work environments.

- A futurist. I am most interested in programs and design problems that address today's architecture with careful attention to the ways the built environment will be reinterpreted ten, twenty, one-hundred years in the future.



Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, JP, Architectural Design Intern

+Co-designer for design development of Portland Japanese Gardens expansion project, a small village of administrative, studio and public meeting spaces nestled among the gardens.

+Develop and maintain all aspects of digital models in Tokyo office.

+Collaborate on daily basis with project manager and designers at the local firm in Portland.

+Develop physical models, exploring spatial relationship, and continuing to refine concepts and execution in a variety of modeling software, drawings and sketches.

+Work on material selection and detailing will contribute to the design of spaces that will reference Japanese culture of building with a clear contemporary approach.

+One of only two members of design team in Tokyo office developing all aspects of the design and its relationship to the site.

+Utilizing Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, Adobe Suite, and Kerkythea, CAD.

Oct 2013 - current

John Cava Architect, Portland, OR, US, Book Designer

+Developed all layout design, contributed to numerous edits, managed all technical aspects of the projects, which led to the development of a book on Northwest Architect, John Yeon.

+The book features 10 essays and analysis of 25 of Yeon's projects by John Cava.

+Contributed to development of original diagrams exploring Yeon's architecture.

+Worked as an image researcher, investigating and scanning documents from archives.

+Managed online publication process.

+Utilized Adobe, CAD.

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Oregon Metro Regional Governmnet, Portland, OR, US, Data Resource Center Intern

+Investigated the capabilities of new software, ESRI CityEngine, to develop visualizations corresponding to Oregon's Climate Smart Scenarios Challenge.

+Analyzed how the software might be utilized to take advantage of Metro's vast GIS database.

+Architectural models were developed to represent varying urban typologies and data was fed into the software to demonstrate growth scenarios.

+The work extended to the creation of a series of renderings that demonstrate growth, using some of the architectural elements programmed within CityEngine.

+Utilized Adobe, CityEngine, ArcGIS, Arc Scene, Sketchup, CAD

Apr 2013 - Sep 2013

Yale Design Studio, Portland, OR, US, Competition Designer

+Developed renderings and presentation floor plans for library competition in Cairo.

+Collaborated on design development with members of the Yale Design Studio team as well as with members abroad concurrently developing elements of the design.

+Utilized Adobe, CAD, Sketchup.

Jun 2013 - Jul 2013

IDC Architects, Portland, OR, US, Architectural Intern

+Worked on a team specializing in high tech industrial architecture, which ranges from commercial office and laboratory buildings to computer manufacturing facilities.

+Primary focus of work was on conceptual design and graphic communications.

+The projects required a high level of program analysis and ability to develop concise diagrams explaining the major moves in carefully choreographed industrial designs.

+Active collaborator on multiple design teams, developing diagrams, graphics and renderings, both locally and in collaboration with international teams.

+ Utilized Sketchup, CAD, Adobe, Kerkythea.

May 2012 - Apr 2013

Whole Foods Market, Boulder, CO + Seattle, WA + Portland, OR, Supervisor, Purchasing Manager

+Well known as a 'department fixer.' - I worked in a variety of departments, fixing financials and purchasing.

+Walked into departments that were losing money, and turned them into money makers by shrinking inventory, increasing efficiency, and creating new organization systems.

+Ran teams with up to 15 employees, created schedules, mediated, and served as a communications link between employees and store leadership.

Jun 2006 - Apr 2013

RFG Tile, Portland, OR, US, Tile Maker and Digital Designer/Reproductions

+Assisted in the craftsmanship of hand made mosaic ceramics. Develop digital replicates of hand drawn designs.

+Developed and build presentation models. Develop hierarchy and composition drawings.

Sep 2011 - Sep 2012

aterlierjones, Seattle, WA, US, Architectural Design Assistant

+Developed a series of matrices for determining necessary water tank sizes for storage and retention for a residential project in Sri Lanka.

+Calculations led to some schematic design involving how to situate the tanks within the existing building design.

+Calculations were also conducted to determine the electrical load and corresponding photo-voltaic coverage required to keep the development off the grid.

+Utilized Excel, Sketchup, CAD, Adobe.

May 2012 - Jul 2012

The Industrial Company (TIC), Colorado and Nebraska, Electricians Assistant and Pipe Fitter

+Developed a digital inventory matrix for receiving all construction materials.

+Contributed to construction of two natural gas power plant and an oil refinery.

+Worked as a pipe fitter for a team of welders and learned to read pipe drawings and create action plans for the renovation of an existing oil refinery.

+Worked with a lead electrician on the construction of a natural gas power plant.

Jun 2004 - Aug 2007


University of Oregon in Portland, Portland, OR, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Sep 2004 - Dec 2008

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