Transforming the North Park Blocks

A growing PNCA is a force for economic revitalization in our city.
—Harold Schnitzer

PNCA’s vision for a campus centered on the North Park Blocks aligns with Portland’s emerging creative services economy. John Jay, executive creative director for Wieden+Kennedy, describes the project’s importance: “Our collective future rests in our ability to create, attract, maintain, and cultivate the business of ideas and innovation. PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will be the intersection of this city’s intellectual and artistic dialogue.”

Key businesses, organizations, and schools in this “creative corridor” will act as informal social and professional gathering spots which link young creatives with the tools, technologies, and practices that use imagination as a springboard to inventiveness.

Exterior rendering of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Courtesy Allied Works Architecture.

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will add 134,000 square feet to the PNCA campus, allowing for the College’s planned growth to 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students by 2018. It will also become a beacon for an expanding constellation of creative bases north of Burnside. These encompass a wide range of businesses, galleries, and creative incubators including Wieden+Kennedy, Keen Footwear, Ziba design, Blick Art Materials, Dachis group, and Powell’s Books.

Creativity Works Here

PNCA is now embarking on our boldest venture yet: a $15 million campaign to transform not just a college, but a city, by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks, thanks to a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million to name the historic former post office at 511 NW Broadway.


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