We strive to create a strong work/life culture. We don’t just want success for the company, we want success for everyone who works here.

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Shapiro Didway is a landscape architecture firm located in Portland, OR.

We bring a human-centered approach to our clients, our work, and our internal culture. We work throughout the Pacific Northwest, partnering with design teams, public and private clients, and the communities we serve. We work in site programming, design through construction, recreation enhancements, public involvement and playscapes with a focus on nature play and outdoor learning.

The people who work here are the most important thing.

Our Story

We were co-founded in 2007 by Principal Emeritus Steve Shapiro and Managing Principal Blair Didway, with long-time employee and Landscape Architect Nate Otani named Principal in 2021.

In 2021, Shapiro Didway was at an inflection point. We set out to discover who we are, and create a brand that reflects our story and mission. As we celebrate the milestone of our 15th year of business, we have released a new brand and website to share our vision.

“With co-founder Steve Shapiro’s retirement in 2019 and our leadership team evolving, we felt it was the perfect time to center ourselves, define our core values, focus on our long-term goals, and be intentional about the work we do,” says Didway.

With a view toward more collaborative and community-driven projects (while still maintaining a strong portfolio in multifamily housing and education), Didway and Otani have shaped SD’s recent work in the community.

“At the core of SD is humanity and a passion for the work we do, its impact on our community, environment, and the partnerships we grow,” says Otani, “Our brand is an expression of the values we hold and a representation of our commitment to creating meaningful work.”

“We found that there is a deeper story to tell around our innovation in the field. We wanted a brand that reflected those values, our perspective, and a human-centered approach to our work,” says Didway.

SD has designed hundreds of multi-family housing developments, more than 25 K-12 campuses, and 50+ private residences just to name a few. We are experienced in public parks, sports fields & courts, playgrounds & nature-inspired play, outdoor learning, stormwater management, green roofs, public plazas & amenity decks, streetscapes, habitat restoration & natural area enhancements, landscape improvements for public works projects, and more.

SD has grown to become a home for a team of diverse, experienced, engaged, and aligned professionals.

Diversity + Inclusion Statement

SD is an equal opportunity employer. Community is at the heart of everything we do.

Our community is diverse and inclusive with justice and equity for all. We value varied backgrounds and perspectives. Both in our work, and how we work, our goal is to welcome all, celebrate our differences and build a community that’s designed for everyone.

Current Opportunities


Landscape Architect/Designer

Don’t see an opening that fits your goals or current interests? Send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to info@shapirodidway.com and let us know what opportunities interest you in the future!