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Born and raised in Berkeley, California, I enjoy a diversity of people, food, music, art and terrain. Thanks to my parents, I have always loved drawing and dancing.


In 2008, I earned a Liberal Arts degree with a focus on the arts and humanities from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where I completed four interdisciplinary undergraduate programs and advanced independent study in drawing and painting. My undergraduate education comprised a blend of cultural and social studies, literary analysis, creative writing, art history, and visual arts: drawing, painting, building installations, photography, digital media, audio/video production, and animation.


After graduating from Evergreen I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I worked as a freelance designer, substitute teacher, antique textile restorationist, and then junior designer at Goring & Straja Architects, while living in Oakland. During this time I also took over management of the commercial property where my father once operated his architecture firm, and cofounded Oxtail Studio & Gallery.


In 2015, I moved to Eugene, Oregon to pursue a graduate degree in architecture at the University of Oregon; the UO architecture program had recently been ranked the country's top program for sustainable design. I received my Master of Architecture with a focus on Sustainable Technologies in 2018, and became a licensed architect in the state of Oregon in 2022.


I currently live in Portland, Oregon and work remotely with Rowell Brokaw Architects, in Eugene.


In my free time, I enjoy tackling art and house projects, dancing, gardening, camping, swimming, volunteering, and meals with friends.

serena lim Portland
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