A primary goal of C W Dorin Architecture is to work directly with clients on projects at a more intimate scale than what you can get from a corporate firm.  


C W Dorin architecture was created for a few reasons. The first was to provide a direct relationship between the designer and the client. Larger firms and larger projects are controlled by the needs and wants of those with money and power, with little regard for the end user or the public involved. I’m a sole practitioner and focus on residential projects to work closely with the client on spaces they inhabit daily.

Another reason was to offer my skills as a careful listener and thoughtful designer-someone who is patient with clients who want their voices heard. Each project has a flat fee tailored to each unique project, so projects move forward organically and client meetings are always free. We can get to everything without ever feeling rushed.

Perhaps one of the most important things for me was to offer the services of an architect so they’re within reach of everyone, regardless of income. Fees are generally within a given range according to project type, scale, and individual complexity. But, there are ways we can work together to get costs reduced.

Lastly, it's the twenty-first century. Electronic drawings, records, communications, and billing are integral to one another. Want an instant answer? Send me a text message! I’m (almost) always available.


The passion for architecture began before the word itself could be spelled.

The actual scribble from me at age 5.

The actual scribble from me at age 5.


Christopher W Dorin is an architect, designer, and urbanist with over 20 years of experience in residential architecture, passive solar design, master planning, and sustainable systems. He has an extensive professional background with work in a variety of fields through built and speculative work, including residential, K-12 education, retail, non-profits, multifamily residential, and adaptive reuse.

Christopher grew up in New England and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University (2000) where he studied vernacular design and community-based architecture & planning. He now lives in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. You might find him in one of the many, great vegan restaurants in Portland, or wandering the wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest.