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About the Conference

Since 2002, The Oregon Design Conference has served as the premier multi-day State-wide event dedicated solely to architecture, design and innovation in the built environment. The ODC features nationally and internationally recognized leaders who engage and advance our collective understanding of how the power of design is shaping our communities and cultures.

ODC2016 will focus on our collective and inspired reconsideration of architecture and design as we embrace new methodologies, technologies, and relationships. Addressing both known and emerging opportunities to improve the human condition through four lenses:

Vision
Our education in problem-definition and problem-solving gives the design profession a unique perspective on making our communities more resilient in the face of a changing world. What is your vision for the future? How are younger designers changing the face of the profession? How do people define the current role of design in addressing global challenges and opportunities?

Innovation In Practice
Designers and architects are redefining how they approach problems and practice their craft. New collaborations are opening opportunities that never existed before. New technologies, tools and conventions are pushing the creative process in new directions at a frenetic pace. How are you working that differentiates your practice or establishes a new direction in the design process?

Making
Whether by hand or by machine the contemporary expression of design is more than ever about making things. What new approaches to materials and methods of construction are you using to advance design? How is the making of the built environment instigating new collaborations and ultimately redefining how we use resources to form the built environment?

Design Thinking
Design is at the root of everything we do. The architect is no longer working in a silo. As we look for new ways to define questions, solve problems, and share that knowledge – what are you defining as the next opportunities and how are you working to be relevant in the conversation of design excellence? How can design thinking address the challenges we face in our communities around the world?

 

Keynote Speakers

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Inga Saffron
Architecture Critic and Loeb Fellow

Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has written a weekly column over the past fifteen years called “Changing Skyline” that offers an insightful look at the urban design issues facing Philadelphia. She is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and has been a finalist three times since 2004.

During her year as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Saffron explored issues relating to place-making, alternative transportation and rammed-earth construction. Her writing has appeared in the New Republic, Metropolis, Dwell Landscape Architecture Magazine, Texas Architecture and the Architects Newspaper. Before becoming the paper’s architecture critic, she spent the 1990s as a foreign correspondent for the Inquirer in Russia and the former Yugoslavia, covering wars in Bosnia and Chechnya and witnessing the destruction of Sarajevo and Grozny.

 

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Stephen Van Dyck
Partner, LMN Architects

Stephen Van Dyck, a partner at LMN Architects in Seattle, has earned a reputation for innovation, design technology and collaborative leadership. Stephen is recognized as an industry authority in the adoption of emerging technologies. His project experience encompasses a wide range of public assembly, performing arts, higher education and mixed-use projects.

Winner of the 2016 AIA Firm Award and characterized by a firm culture driven by design excellence, community and civic impact, LMN is also broadly recognized as a firm that is pushing the boundaries of design technology.

In 2008, LMN created a design technology lab, LMN Tech Studio (LMNts), to develop and oversee research related to new digital fabrication and modeling platforms. The LMNts blog averages 4,500+ unique visits per month, sharing the team’s expertise, explorations, and open-source code with the larger design community. In 2015, they built on this core competency by establishing the LMN Shop, an in-house digital fabrication workshop available to all project teams to make large-scale models, architectural component prototypes and construction mockups for hands-on development with their clients and collaborators.

 

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Dan Pitera
Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit

Dan Pitera, FAIA, is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He views the design profession as an essential force in establishing human relationships and engagement. The sustainability and regeneration of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents; thus, the Design Center provides not only design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration. Under his direction since 2000, the DCDC won the 2002 and 2011 Dedalo Minosse International Prize and was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 and 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The Design Center won the Grand Award in the first annual national 2002 NCARB Prize and again in 2009, and was included in the international exhibit/conference ArchiLab 2001 and 2004 in Orleans, France. The DCDC was awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans and the 2011 SEED Award.

Mr. Pitera was the 1998 Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska and has lectured and taught extensively throughout the North America, South America, and Europe. Dan was a finalist for both the 2006-2007 James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City and the 2008-2009 Rafael Vinoly Architects Grants in Architecture. Dan was a resource member for the 40th and 43rd Mayor’s Institute for City Design (MICD) and a facilitator for the MICD 25th anniversary in 2011. In 2011, Dan gave the keynote address at the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Congress and the Keynote address in Lisbon to Portugal’s equivalent to HUD. He has co-authored the book Syncopating the Urban Landscape: More People, More Programs, More Geographies, and co-edited the book Activist Architecture: The Philosophy and Practice of the Community Design Center. He was a 2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2010.

He ends his bio with ‘he likes “fallout shelter” yellow…’

 

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Eric Karsh
Co-founder, Equilibrium Consulting Inc.

Eric began his consulting career in 1987 in Ottawa with the firm of Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd, designers of the Toronto Skydome. During his time with AAR, Eric was involved in the design of high-rises and various commercial and institutional buildings such as the New Ottawa City Hall with renowned architect Moshe Safdi.

In 1998, Eric co-founded Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Always sensitive to efficient design and careful detailing, Eric has extensive experience in all common building materials. Since his arrival in British Columbia however, Eric has become a leader in timber engineering and construction, and has earned international recognition on a number of landmark timber projects such as the multiple award-winning Prince George Airport, the Raleigh-Durham Airport expansion and the recently completed and innovative UBC Earth Sciences Building.

Eric is co-author of the widely publicized “THE CASE FOR TALL WOOD” study, featured by CNN, the Economist and National Geographics to name a few. TALL WOOD introduces a structural concept to achieve timber high-rise structures reaching 30 stories or more. The report was adopted as mandatory reading by a number of architecture schools in North America, including Yale’s School of Architecture.

Eric has a broad experience in sustainable design and has been involved in numerous LEED projects and helped introduce the “Passivhaus” concept to Canada.

Following the Earthquake of 2010 in Haiti, Eric joined a team of seismic experts sponsored by MCEER, offering ongoing seismic seminars to engineers at Quisqueya university in Port-au-Prince.

 

Schedule

Thursday, May 5
4:00-6:00 PM Registration
6:00-7:30 PM Opening Reception
8:00 PM The Value and Future of Architecture
Friday, May 6
7:00 AM Registration
7:00-8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
VISION
Our education in problem-definition and problem-solving gives the design profession a unique perspective on making our communities more resilient in the face of a changing world.Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic and Loeb Fellow
Philadelphia, PA
9:25 AM BREAK
9:40 am Concurrent Breakout Presentations
10:40 AM BREAK
10:50 AM Panel Discussion
11:50 PM Lunch
1:00 PM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
INNOVATION IN PRACTICE
Designers and architects are redefining how they approach problems and practice their craft. New collaborations are opening opportunities that never existed beforeStephen Van Dyck, AIA
LMN Architects
Seattle, WA
2:00 PM BREAK
2:15 PM Breakout Presentations
3:15 PM BREAK
3:25 PM Panel Discussion
4:25 PM-5:45PM BREAK
5:45 PM Reception
7:00 PM DINNER sponsored by JeldWen
Saturday, May 6
7:00-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast | Speed Education
8:45 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
MAKING
How is the making of the built environment instigating new collaborations and ultimately redefining how we use resources to form the built environment?Eric Karsh,
Equilibrium Consulting
Vancouver, BC
9:45 AM BREAK
10:00 AM Breakout Presentations
11:00 AM BREAK
11:10 AM Panel Discussion
12:10 PM Lunch
1:10 PM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
DESIGN THINKING
Design is at the root of everything we do. The architect is no longer working in a silo. As we look for new ways to define questions, solve problems, and share that knowledgeDan Pitera, Executive Director
Detroit Design Collaborative Design Center at U of D
Detroit, MI
2:10 PM BREAK
2:25 PM Breakout Presentations
3:25 PM BREAK
3:35 PM Panel Discussion

 

Golf Tournament

Please note that we did not secure enough registrations for the Golf Tournament to proceed. Special thanks to those groups that signed up – but we will be refunding your registration. Instead, please consider joining us on the afternoon of Thursday, May 5th for a round of foursomes, pairs or singles prior to the official start of the Oregon Design Conference that evening. Please contact the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort at 800-452-2300 to reserve a tee time.

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