Congregation Kol Ami was the first stand-alone synagogue to be built in southwest Washington. The 16,600 SF building is located on an 8.5-acre site adjacent to the Curtin Creek wetlands. The synagogue includes a sanctuary, social hall, kitchen, library, educational-wing, offices, and serves 124 families, with room to grow.


The building was conceived as a procession from the secular world to the spiritual realm. The procession begins from the parking area, continues through a landscaped courtyard, and culminates in a 200-seat sanctuary, holding the Torah Ark, as well as views across the surrounding wetlands and farms to Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood.

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Size: 16,600 SF

Project Team: Richard Brown AIA, Tiffonie Carroll AIA,

                     and Geoffrey Harker

Landscape Architect: Lango Hansen

Contractor: Robertson Olson

Photographer: Josh Partee Photography

                     and Bruce Forster Photography



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