NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Gateway Studio managed a large multi-disciplinary team while developing designs for MLK Jr Blvd. Situated at the convergence of NE Grand and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. the MLK Gateway and Heritage Markers Project will serve as both a “Gateway” to the North-Northeast Portland communities and as a site commemorating the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The distribution of “Heritage Markers” along NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. as it moves north will identify unique neighborhoods and strengthen the sense of visual continuity along the boulevard.

Goals for the project include building on the civic pride of residents, integrating the identity of adjacent neighborhoods, celebrating local heroes, history, every-day citizens and their stories, supporting the ongoing development of vibrant business districts, and enhancing the pedestrian experience.


  • 2012 Oregon ASLA Honor Award
  • Client: Portland Development Commission
  • Location: Portland, OR