Portia Ellis, AIA

Design Principal

Instrumental in redefining the language of design for many of the firm’s award-winning projects, Portia is a talented designer with extensive experience in a range of higher education and healthcare facilities. Portia balances a creative imagination with a foundation of strong technical competence. Her humanistic nature, quiet confidence and easy working style are highly conducive to collaboration with clients and demonstrate the core characteristics of the firm’s philosophy.

Representative Projects


Children's Hospital of San Antonio (CHOSA)


Children’s Health

Designing hospitals for children is an art as well as a science.


Nemours Children’s Hospital

Nemours Children’s Health System

Children’s Health

LEED Gold design creates a healthy showcase for pediatric care.

Main Entrance with Therapy Garden

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Developmental Disabilities

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Children’s Health

Leading-edge design integrates building and landscape into a therapeutic oasis.


Erma Byrd Biomedical & Neuroscience Research Center

Health Education

Translational space fosters and celebrates innovative research collaborations.

Building entry at dusk

Robert L. Wright, Jr. Health Sciences Center

Columbus Technical College

Health Education

The facility advances workforce development to ensure high-quality healthcare delivery.

lobby area with interactive wall display

Kay Research and Care Center

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Children’s Health

Design that engages children eases the stress of long-term hospital stays.


Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute

University Hospitals of Cleveland

Children’s Health

Innovative design offers teens undergoing cancer care a room of their own.

exterior detail

Comer Children’s Hospital

University of Chicago Medicine

Children’s Health

World-class pediatric care balances high-tech medicine with the needs of children and families.