Our Firm has a wide background of interesting and challenging architectural experience ranging from large individual residences to large commercial projects.  Interior planning, furnishings, specifications and purchasing are additional services available in-house.  We are proud of our architectural achievements and attribute them to:


  • maintaining a close liaison with our clients during planning stages;
  • providing innovative design ideas and solutions;
  • maintaining close monitoring and control of economics and production so that projects come within budgets and on time;
  • computerized services including CAD design and production capability,
  • computerized database estimating system, computerized specifications and project management capability;
  • working with knowledgeable consultants for each project, based on the specific needs of that project;
  • working closely with contractors to help clients get the best value for funds available;
  • providing follow-up services after construction to monitor building performance.

The firm has received over 30 national and local design awards including Portland Chapter AIA; Northwest Region, AIA; AIA/House and Home Awards; and Sunset magazine awards.  Our work has been published in Architectural record, Progressive Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, House and Home, Sunset, Japan Architect, A View of World Contemporary Architects (Japan), West German publications, Pacific Architect and Builder, Fortune, Medical Economics, and local media.

Zaik Associates has established a reputation for looking beyond standardized solutions to achieve uniquely suited designs for each architectural project.  The careful combination of innovation and experience has led the firm to a northwest design characterized by consistent functional and aesthetic qualities with emphasis on people-oriented architecture.  A high number of repeat clients and design awards attest to client satisfaction and recognition as leaders in the field of Architecture.

“Rigorous Time Constraints” are a prime requirement in our professional service. Allowance for timely client input is the final element to meeting project deadlines. From project start to final completion, our professional skills in all areas of programming, planning, permitting, and contractor availability assures achievement of established schedule goals.

Establishing a project budget is the first priority in the architecture/client process. As the program and design evolves, detailed cost monitoring is installed. Cost estimates are produced at the end of each phase of the design and construction document process. Computerized estimating provides up to date and accurate data. We have a proven record for “on budget” projects.

Our team has the resource people available to do the job.  We have been in business for over 35 years and will be around to handle your project as it develops over the years.

Saul Zaik began his practice in 1956 with partner Donald Blair as Blair & Zaik Architects. After a period of time, Zaik/Miller Associates was established in 1966 by principals Saul Zaik and Jim Miller. We have maintained our Portland office since that date. Our close-knit staff has remained well managed with direct partner involvement in all phases of the practice. Because of its efficient size and advanced CAD productivity the firm is able to undertake a diversity of projects, ranging from private residences, public and private sector work, educational projects, recreational housing, and commercial and master planning. We have been recognized over the years by numerous regional and national AIA design awards and publications but the real pride comes from successful projects and the satisfaction of the people who use our buildings. Most of our work is repeat clients. Partner Jim Miller retired in 2004. The firm continues on as Zaik Associates.

PARTNER: Jim Miller retired in 2004. The firm continues on as Zaik Associates.

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