Northwest Sustainable Properties is committed to shaping the future of Portland, while creating some damn fine buildings in the process. Founded by native Portlander Jean-Pierre Veillet in 2008, our team develops thoughtful projects that enhance both our existing communities and the ethos of Portland. Living within the community we’re shaping drives us to invest in projects that people truly want to spend time in.
In short — NWSP has big ideas, and we internally design and build all projects we pursue. Since the firm started, we have successfully completed several award-winning projects that support the ethos of Portland’s food, sustainability, and cultural scenes, including Pine Street Market, ecoFLATS, the Bridgetown, AltSource, and the Sunshine Apartments.
Jean-Pierre (JP) was trained as a large-scale, site-specific sculptor at Pacific Northwest College of the Art by local artist Manuel Izquierdo. JP grew up in the local art scene, and he remains deeply committed in seeing creative ideas come to life. In his early 30s, JP realized he wanted to have a deeper effect on the places people experience daily.
JP switched paths and dedicated himself to building positive human experiences within his community by creating inspiring built environments that have generous access to light, air, sustainable elements, and a happening food scene. He combined his artistic sensibilities of materials and space, with a dash of entrepreneurial know-how and a dose of building knowledge to form Siteworks Design|Build in 1994. JP then doubled down to form NWSP in 2008.
JP creates buildings that express a thoughtful, intentional approach to enhancing our community — which is equal parts Portland local knowledge and modern, cause-based considerations. By understanding the local climate and culture, JP is able to successfully to infuse underdeveloped neighborhoods throughout Portland with bright, open, vibrant, and dynamic spaces to live, work, and socialize. Building healthy communities and healthy people is at the core of what JP, and NWSP as a whole, is committed to. JP is known for having good ideas that work; the narrative that his work is weaving has led to a strong track record of success for local neighborhoods, investors, stakeholders, and Portland as a whole.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jean-Pierre Veillet for ten years and working with him on our Board of Governors [at PNCA] for three. A few things stand out: his passion for good, buildable design; his drive for fully integrating creativity and community; and his commitment to helping younger designers and artists change the world through their work. Jean-Pierre is also a PNCA alum.”