Portland Spaces

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Portland Spaces
Editor in Chief Randy Gragg
Categories Shelter/Home, Regional
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 28,000[1]
Publisher Nicole Vogel
First issue January 2008
Company SagaCity Media
Country United States
Based in Portland, Oregon
Language English
Website www.portlandspaces.net

Portland Spaces is a quarterly shelter magazine published and distributed in Portland, Oregon, United States.[2] The magazine features original content about designing the places where we live, work, play and socialize.[3] and includes articles on architecture, interior design, sustainability, urban planning, industrial design, and profiles of local designers and craftspeople.

The Portland Spaces website includes archived content from the magazine, how-to and know-how articles with step-by-step project information in categories of build, garden, design, sustain, and entertain. The website hosts three blogs, The Burnside Blog, covering architecture, development, and urban planning for Portland, The Design District, covering design, interiors, and art and Plantwise, featuring inspiration, how-to lessons, and resources for gardening.

In November 2008, Portland Spaces premiered The Root Awards; an annual project that recognizes work by Portland-based architects, designers, builders, and craftspeople. Award winners are featured in the magazine, online, and are introduced at The Root Awards gala event. The event benefits a scholarship fund for students of architecture and construction.

Portland Spaces also hosts the Bright Lights discussion series. The host, Portland Spaces Editor-in-chief Randy Gragg interviews architects, planners, and politicians about Portland's past, present, and future.


Portland Spaces was a finalist in Folio's 2008 Ozzie Awards for Best Design (New Magazine, Consumer) for its May 2008 issue.[4]


Portland Spaces launched in January 2008.[2] Its sister publication is Portland Monthly, a lifestyle magazine.[2]


Editor-in-chief, Randy Gragg, previously wrote for The Oregonian, Oregon's daily newspaper, from 1989 to 2006, in the 1990s becoming the paper's architecture and urban design critic. Randy earned a fellowship in the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University in 1994/1995 and a Harvard University Loeb Fellowship 2005/2006.[5]

Publisher Nicole Vogel, prior to founding SagaCity Media, from 1999 to 2001, was Vice President of National Sales and Business Development for Cendant's (NYSE:CD) online real estate company. As a member of the executive committee reporting directly to the CEO, she played a critical role in developing and continually refining the company’s business strategy, while its valuation grew from $150 million to $1 billion on day of announced acquisition. Prior to that, from 1994 to 1999, Ms. Vogel served in various capacities at Time Warner, specifically Turner/CNN Networks. She held the roles of Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning, for the $1.9 billion cable ad sales organization, and Vice President, Interactive Business Development, helping to create Time Warner’s interactive strategies, from development of sites to strategic acquisitions.[6]


  1. ^ Portland Spaces circulation, self-reported http://www.portlandspaces.net/about/advertise
  2. ^ a b c April Baer (January 15, 2008). "New Magazine Explores Portland Spaces". OPB. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ Portland Spaces "About" page including Mission Statement http://www.portlandspaces.net/about
  4. ^ Folio 2008 Ozzie Awards
  5. ^ Harvard University Loeb Fellowship Fellow biography, Randy Gragg http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/professional/loeb_fellowship/alumni/class_2006/bios/Gragg.html
  6. ^ Bio on The Link For Women http://www.thelinkforwomen.com/event_detailsSeattle.asp?workshop=SpeakerSeries&presenter=734131384425256