Jeff Kovel arrived in Portland, Oregon in 1996, drawn by a deep affection for the West. He founded Skylab Architecture three years later as a laboratory to explore a departure from an industry of mounting standardization. His work blurs the distinction between architecture and design, between the natural and synthetic, and between the past and the future. He holds an architecture degree from Cornell University.
Skylab Architecture’s work spans the industries of hospitality, retail branded environments, residential and commercial. The firm’s patented design of a modular and pre-fabricated system called HOMB adapts to site conditions and scales in size from a cabin, to residences, to multi-family and mixed-use buildings.
Award-winning work includes the Columbia Building, an engineering facility for a wastewater treatment plant, and a temporary exhibition space showcasing Nike innovation during the U.S. Olympic Trials track & field competition, named the 2012 Best of Year exhibition installation by Interior Design Magazine. Current projects include a 21-story residential and commercial mixed-use block at the Burnside Bridgehead and a campus expansion for the Nike World Headquarters, both in Portland, Oregon.