PORT is a leading-edge design consultancy specializing in the analysis, visioning, design and implementation of new forms of collective space, ranging in scale from plazas and public waterfronts to institutional framework plans and regional planning strategies.
The practice synthesizes professional expertise in urban design, landscape architecture, architecture and urban planning in order to provide the hybrid model of design services necessary to negotiate today’s complex public realm challenges. Established in 2012 and led by Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell, PORT is one of the most innovative public realm design practices operating in the U.S. today.
Recent projects include:
- Design development for the Main Ave Connector, an expressive series of elements that transform the currently dark, uninviting underpass beneath the historic Main Avenue Bridge in Cleveland (Cleveland Downtown Alliance)
- The design and construction of a 10-acre intergenerational recreation and play venue in Denver’s Paco Sanchez Park (Denver Parks and Recreation)
- A research study for the Wasted Market project in conjunction with Archeworks, a Chicago-based multidisciplinary design school with a social agenda (Archeworks)
- A provocative proposal for Chicago's lakefront, that strategizes the creation of 130-acre public waterfront (Chicago Architecture Biennial)
- In addition to the practice’s own work, the partners bring a significant body of expertise from prior senior-level positions in both New York and Chicago. Further, Mr. Marcinkoski and Mr. Moddrell also hold academic appointments, in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Landscape Architecture, The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture.
The office was recently part of the advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts inaugural “Our Town” initiative that awarded more than $6.5 million to be invested in communities that are supporting the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy.