AFO Announces Dine & Design 2017

Dine & Design – where the architecture foundation of oregon connects you to good people in great places.


From June through September 2017, you have the opportunity to enjoy a meal or drinks in some of Oregon’s most architecturally interesting spaces. Join friends, colleagues, and others interested in the designed environment for lively events hosted by architects, engineers, contractors, artists and more. Explore homes, studios and other surprising spaces at dining experiences for parties from 8 to 50.

While you’re enjoying good people in great places, know that you are helping the architecture foundation of oregon support Oregon’s quality of life and create awareness of our designed environments through education, inspiration, philanthropy and engagement. Dine & Design raises money to support the programs of afo, including our vital Architects in Schools program which serves over 4,500 elementary students per year around Oregon. For more information about the program, contact Susan Myers at 503-542-3824 or

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afo Dine & Design at Swift Agency, photo by Jeremy Bittermann

2017 Schedule of Events


Make it Swift!*

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Visit the award-winning transformation of a former Slabtown awning factory into an open, light-filled workspace – a place that fuses old and new forms while championing ideals of inclusion and collaboration. Strategic creative agency Swift will share insights on their vision for the new office and how it inspires their work. Architects Heidi Beebe and Doug Skidmore will discuss how they honed the architecture and interior design to the needs of the building developers, the client and the neighborhood. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Explore and engage with the team that made this space happen.


A Toast to Saul Zaik

Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and tasty cocktails to toast guest of honor Saul Zaik’s long and fruitful career designing some of our region’s most admired mid-century residences. Brian Libby will discuss Saul’s body of work and contributions to modernism in the comfort of the Scotts’ recently remodeled home.


Check out AirBnB without staying the night*

Monday, June 26, 2017
5:30 PM — 7:30 PM

Nosh on fabulous hors d’oeuvres, grab a drink and explore this stunning remodel of Airbnb Portland’s offices with the Bora team. Located in the historic 1888 Blagen Block, the 17,000sf space redefines a traditional customer service call-center, revolutionizes the way people work and is worlds away from the original intent of the building. Check out how “Listings” from Airbnb’s around the world were abstracted to create a rich 3-dimensional collage throughout the office and numerous elements were custom fabricated using the talents of local Portland shops including The Good Mod and SuperFab.


Picnic and Sketching at Willamette Falls*

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Bring your pad and pencils and gain exclusive access to this Willamette Falls location filled with faded industrial buildings. Hear about plans for the site from Mayer/Reed and enjoy a picnic on the bluff overlooking North America’s second most powerful waterfall!


Eat Well at Portland Food Hall*

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Portland foodies have cause for celebration with a new downtown food hall! Come hear about the transformation of this 2nd Avenue space into a thriving concoction of micro restaurants with tantalizing offerings like ramen, hand-churned ice cream and fried chicken sandwiches. Sampling will be abundant, as will cocktails.


Lofty Dinner with Clark/Kjos

Thursday, July 13, 2017
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Celebrate the start of summer by sipping some wine and enjoying a delightful, intimate dinner with Clark/Kjos Architects in the firm’s bright, lofty modern studio renovation of its 1925 building located in the emerging cultural center of historic Old Town.


Thorns in Comfort – not an oxymoron!*

Saturday, July 22, 2017
7:00 PM — 9:30 PM

See the National Women’s Soccer League’s most successful women’s club brand in the world, our Portland Thorns, take on the Washington Spirit from the comfort of the Turner Construction Suite. Graze from a bountiful spread of drinks and appetizers as you cheer on these champions.


Tiki with a View*

Saturday, September 9, 2017
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Grab your Tiki cocktail and enjoy the island life in Oregon City. This 1958 International-style home designed by Dimitri Alexis for Edward & Helen Kaen has magnificent views of the ocean, also known as Willamette Falls! The 50s features of the home will be enhanced with tiki touches and luscious hors d’oeuvres on the patio to help you get in the mood.


Raise a Glass to the finest Glass

Monday, September 11, 2017
5:30 PM — 7:30 PM

Take this rare opportunity to see an extraordinary international glass collection lovingly displayed in the home of the founders of Bullseye Glass. You’ll also hear from the designers/builders who completed the home’s recent remodel talk about how they made the “material connections” between glass, wood and steel. Oh, and there will be cocktails and plenty of hors d’oeuvres too!


Dinner with a Dash of Music

Saturday, September 16, 2017
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

You’ll feel welcome the moment you step into this lovingly restored Portland four-square, overflowing with the bounty of the Portland Farmer’s Market. Delicious food, laughter and warmth are always in plentiful supply. After dinner, enjoy music by Wilson Smith and Kirsten Sandberg.


Design X 2

Saturday, September 23, 2017
5:30 PM — 8:30 PM

Seating is limited for cocktails and intimate dinner at a 1959 NW Regional Modern style home, originally designed by local designer Jerold Lynch, and recently restored by two ZGF architect/homeowners. One of the earlier homes developed on the historic Wilcox Estate, this unique and private retreat is nestled along a Fanno Creek tributary in near SW Portland.


Whiskey – need we say more?

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Those who don’t crave a perfect whiskey need not apply! Snag one of the few seats in the Multnomah Whiskey Library’s intimate tasting room, sample some of the world’s best whiskeys, and savor a delicious dinner. Don’t forget to have a ride home lined up!


*Discounted tickets for emerging professionals are available for this event.  Supplies are limited.  Please contact or for details and discount code.


Text courtesy Architecture Foundation of Oregon/Susan Myers.
Portland Food Hall image courtesy AFO; Swift Agency photo by Jeremy Bittermann.