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Since 2004, our mission is to connect people and ideas for a sustainable future. We believe in engaging in challenging activities with the opportunity to see tangible outcomes, working in a collaborative environment that supports excellence, ideals, & ethical standards, and using our best skills and knowledge while working with other professionals.  

Recent Projects

Community Service

News and Awards


Current & Recent Projects:

Desert Rain

Bend, Oregon

Sustainability Consultant

Living Building Challenge, striving for full certification

Central Oregon Community College

Redmond Technology Education Center

Redmond, Oregon

Sustainability Consultant

Earth Advantage Commercial, striving for Platinum


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon

New Home

Bend, Oregon

Sustainability Consultant

Earth Advantage Commercial, striving for Platinum


Tumalo House

Bend, Oregon


Owned and occupied by ML Vidas & Allan Staley


Roy Farms Home

Moxee, Washington

Sustainability Consultant

Living Building Challenge, striving for Passive House


Community Service:

As a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, ML Vidas is available to give free 1-hour presentations detailing the Living Building Challenge and how it works.


Bend Area Habitat for Humanity board member:  Vidas has volunteered with the Bend Area HFH since 2005. She is a Board member of this community-based organization that provides healthy affordable housing in Central Oregon.


Vidas is also a long-time volunteer in the winter on the slopes as a Mt Bachelor Ambassador.


News and Awards:

Desert Rain House Living Building Challenge project (Bend, Oregon)

It started as a LEED dream home, but the couple changed the project to meet the Living Building Challenge. ML Vidas is on board as the sustainability advisor.  The Bend Bulletin is following the homeowners' decision to go greener. Among other challenges, in-place water treatment is sometimes at odds with local codes. Read about the solution that Vidas and the team are proposingEcoHome Magazine described some of the green construction products used in this house.


Staley Vidas Residence (Bend, Oregon)

Vidas designed her own home to meet LEED Platinum standards--and to look good in the neighborhood. She wrote a detailed description of the local materials, energy-saving systems, and unusual construction techniques that make this project unique for the AIA Seattle What Makes It Green Top Ten 2008 award.  

The builder put the house on the Tour of Homes and provided this brochure.



Vidas received her Master of Architecture degree and the Certificate of Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in 1981. Her detailed curriculum vitae is here.




 head shotMary Louise (ML) Vidas (photo by A. Staley)


bahfh hammersSue & Jan celebrate

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(photo by J. Sharpe)

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ML Vidas

Vidas Architecture, LLC

cell: 503.791.1807

email: ml@mlvidas.com


Oregon Registered Architect

Earth Advantage Project Steward
Living Building Consultant