Portals is a series of processes that took place as an architectural space was birthed. These processes were diverse in theoretic purpose and physical execution, but all began from my desire to better understand a singular architectural element and the role it plays in one’s perception of space. That element is the opening. In my early graduate studies, the concept of the opening piqued my curiosity when I recognized that the qualities of spaces are immeasurably influenced by spatial transitions, views, and natural light; none of which would exist without an opening of sorts. The fact that something that is neither object nor material could drastically influence one’s experience of a physical structure indicated to me that the concept of the opening needed to be explored if I was to develop a deeper understanding of architecture. My work eventually evolved into the creation of a human-scale structure. While the tasks involved in this endeavor are typically regarded as concrete and tactile, it is through these building processes that I have come to a more abstract understanding of architecture and openings.