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Portland Design Events Launches Lecture Series
PORTLAND, OR – On a typically cold and rainy November evening, Portland Design Events launched its inaugural lecture series event, Designing for Change, featuring Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects from San Francisco, with an introductory lecture by local architect Amanda Petretti founder of Studio Petretti Architecture.
Portland Design Events is proud to launch this new initiative - a quarterly lecture series, bringing innovative designers from around the world to share their work and process with the Portland, Oregon community. Presentations will range on a variety of topics/interest, with this first lecture focusing on resiliency and equity with LMS Architects. Each lecture will also highlight a local emerging designer, giving them an audience to share their work.
A sold-out event crowd of 175 filled the Ziba Auditorium on November 16, 2017, beginning with a social hour with food and beverages provided by Portland-based Matta Turkish Cuisine.
As guests took their seats, Lucas Gray – co-organizer of the lecture series and founder of Propel Studio and talkitect.com – introduced opening speaker Amanda Petretti of Studio Petretti Architecture. Amanda inspired the audience with examples of her work and philosophy of balancing small and large scale projects.
Michael Norton of Presenting Sponsor Jeld-Wen introduced the evening’s headlining presenters - William Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy, principals of San Francisco-based Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.
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. Examples of their work included education-based projects including UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and the very recently completed San Francisco Art Institute at Fort Mason Center.
The lecture continued with Maytum and Stacy highlighting their Sweetwater Spectrum Community and Plaza Apartments housing projects. Maytum and Leddy closed the lecture with inspiring stories behind their North Beach Branch Library and Ed Roberts Campus projects – a wrap up that drew cheers and applause from the audience before an inspiring session of questions and answers from the crowd.
The event was filmed and will be available to view on Portland Design Events shortly. Additionally, the event was the first of what will become a quarterly lecture series, continuing in Spring 2018. For more information and updates, please visit portlanddesign.org.
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About Portland Design Events
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.
About Studio Petretti Architecture
Studio Petretti Architecture is a design-driven office focused on thoughtfulness of execution, service, and sustainability. With an extensive background working on significant projects for public and private clients, we embrace opportunities to develop simple, elegant solutions to complex design problems. Our staff experience is fresh and comprehensive across all phases of design and construction. We have led projects large and small, including spaces for higher education, civic engagement, multi-family housing, and creative office use.
About Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
LMS Architects is a teaching practice committed to developing complete, well-rounded architects, leaders in the profession and effective global citizens. Recognizing no distinction between design and the other elements of practice, we encourage staff to become skilled professionals within an open office environment that promotes an educational transparency of purpose, process and action.
All images by Carlos Camarena