Portland Design Events Lecture Series

Portland Design Events is the premier website for finding and sharing architecture and design-related events in Portland, Oregon. We are a master calendar, posting and actively sharing events for dozens of local organizations and individuals through our website, weekly email digests, and social media channels. Our mission is to make it easy for members of our community to find and participate in conversations about the impact of design in our everyday lives.

We are proud to organize a quarterly lecture series, bringing innovative designers from around the world to share their work and process with the Portland community. Presentations range on a variety of design-related topics, from architecture and landscape to interiors, urban design and more. The series brings outside, world-class perspectives to Portland, inspiring our local designers to create a more beautiful, resilient, and equitable future.

Upcoming Lectures

Gullivar Shepard

Gullivar Shepard

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates feat. TBD
September 26, 2019

At Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, we are inspired by the power of landscape architecture to deliver beauty in its many forms: rational, lyrical, and exuberant. We believe that the most meaningful landscapes anticipate what they will mean to their many audiences and emerge from straightforward, elegant problem-solving techniques. Our work is unfussy and original, sustainable and enjoyable, democratic and direct. MVVA believes that landscape plays a critical role in shaping a positive experience of place—both found and designed—and that a strong sense of place helps enhance everyday experience, healthy communities, and quality of life, which are at the heart of a livable city.

Lisa Iwamoto

Lisa Iwamoto

IwamotoScott Architecture feat. TBD
November 7, 2019

IWAMOTOSCOTT ARCHITECTURE is an award winning and internationally recognized architecture practice established in San Francisco by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott in 2002. We create innovative designs at all scales – with work ranging from art installations to interiors to buildings to visionary cities. We rethink the constraints of the everyday to create unique architectural syntheses of program, site and material to make spaces that are functional, distinctive and beautiful.

Past Lectures

Disruptive Ecologies | Susan Jones

Disruptive Ecologies

atelierjones feat. PATH Architecture
February 28, 2019

Susan Jones pursues disruptive design strategies to investigate existing ecologies of waste materials, energy, sites and buildings to create delight, wonder and beauty with new conceptual and formal impact in her buildings and urban interventions. Disruptive Ecologies unpacks six projects to examine their design origins and how disruption can generate new phenomenological experiences through embracing high performance ecological parameters as agents of design.

Matthew Kreilich

Selected Work of Snow Kreilich Architects

Snow Kreilich Architects feat. Outside Architecture
November 8, 2018

Matthew Kreilich, design principal of Snow Kreilich Architects, recipient of AIA’s 2018 Architecture Firm Award, will discuss the importance of context as a design generator for their work and their studio’s obsession with detail and assembly to bring those ideas to life. Snow Kreilich’s work has been described as a “mutual intensification of both building and site.” Learn about their continuing exploration of architecture’s ability to transform and enhance one’s experience of place and the culture of the studio in which this occurs.

Martha Schwartz

My Existential Crisis and Other Random Acts

Martha Schwartz feat. BASE Landscape Architecture
September 13, 2018

This will be a two-part presentation: The first part will be about the work of Martha Schwartz Partners that spans from the very early installation works to the most recent work being done by the practice. The second part of the presentation will be sharing Martha’s own concerns about climate change, the conflicts this knowledge has brought which has resulted in the re-evaluation of her own priorities as a professional.

Hip Hop Inspired Architecture

Michael Ford feat. Your Street Your Voice
June 14, 2018

In their first ever collaborative event, Architecture Foundation of Oregon and Portland Design Events teamed up to present a lecture by Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford. Ford inspired the crowd with a multimedia presentation – an engaging lecture mixed with video and music. The talk focused on explaining the role of architecture and the built environment in creating hip-hop, a new form of music culture.

Portland Design Events Lecture Series - Collective Inquiry Cover Image

Collective Inquiry

KieranTimberlake feat. Open Studio Collective
March 22, 2018

As the cherry blossoms bloomed outside, Portland Design Events celebrated the first lecture event of 2018, featuring Billie Faircloth, award-winning Partner of Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake. In her talk, Billie discussed the role of collective intelligence in the firm’s work – holistically integrated to site, program, and people.

Portland Design Events Lecture Series - LMS Architects

Designing for Change

LMS Architects feat. Studio Petretti
November 16, 2017

On a cold and rainy November evening, Portland Design Events launched its inaugural lecture series event, Designing for Change. The LMS Architects principals, winners of the 2017 AIA Firm of the Year Award, spoke at length of examples of their work illustrating how architecture can help lead the way toward a just, healthy, and regenerative future for all.


As we continue to be the sole group to regularly bring outside, top-tier lectures to Portland’s design community, we rely on a deep and wide-reaching network of volunteers, supporters, and sponsors to make the series happen.

Sponsorship of the Portland Design Events Lecture Series offers the opportunity to invest in our design community, allowing students, professionals, and members of the public the chance to gain inspiration and learn insights that they can bring back to their practice. The series also offers community-building through a social hour before the event, and allows for talented emerging designers to gain exposure as they open each lecture as a cornerstone of the series format.

Thank you to our 2019 Silver Level Annual Sponsors:

BRIC Architecture
Hennebery Eddy Architects
R&H Construction

Thank you to our 2019 Bronze Level Annual Sponsors:

Breakside Brewery
Ecotone Environmental
James Frank Construction
Merryman Barnes Architects
Studio Petretti
Owen Gabbert LLC
Code Unlimited
Green Hammer
LEVER Architecture
University of Oregon
The Earth Tortoise School - Portland Design Events Lecture Series
LRS Architects
PLACE Studio
SERA Architects
Versatile Wood Products

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