Key Staff

George Crandall


George has been responsible for more than 50 key urban and community design projects across the country and throughout the West. Many of his local projects have made Portland and Oregon models for planning in America. He has served as President for the Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Board President for 1000 Friends of Oregon, President of the Portland Chapter AIA, and Chair of the AIA Urban Design Committee. As an architect with many major projects in his portfolio, he understands what it takes to get plans built. George has a bachelor of architecture degree and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona.

Don Arambula


Donís primary focus is to create livable communities. His 20 years of experience in planning, urban design, and architecture have included projects ranging from urban infill housing to new towns. He has developed tools that enable decision makers and citizens to quickly evaluate transit corridors and station sites and to select those that will maximize transit-oriented development opportunities. His nationally recognized, award-winning projects include downtown revitalization plans, neighborhood development plans, streetscape design, design guidelines and policy plans. Don has a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture and regional planning from Colorado State University.

Jason Graf

JASON GRAF, Associate Principal (

Jason has extensive experience creating downtown and neighborhood urban design plans, locally and across the country, that foster pedestrian-friendly communities. He develops design solutions that integrate land use and transportation and stress public investment as a catalyst for private development. His work includes streetscape design, compatible infill design strategies, waterfront design, downtown district planning, community design workshops and facilitation. Jason excels in guiding clients and the public through complex planning issues and finding consensus. Jason has a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from the University of Kentucky.

Brenda Payne

BRENDA PAYNE, Urban Designer/Project Manager (

Brenda serves as an urban designer who specializes in city and architectural design. She has experience developing form-based codes, design guidelines and design standards, and supporting in-depth community involvement efforts. Brenda is fluent in the Spanish and Catalan languages. She has a master of architecture degree and a bachelor of architecture degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Liz Bacon

LIZ BACON, Marketing Coordinator (

Liz's love of Portland and her zest for city living drew her to the Crandall Arambula team. Her responsibilities include research, client development, public relations, proposals and interview preparation. In addition to her work with the Crandall Arambula team, Liz is a professional singer and actor in the Portland area.


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