Fall Design Events

The season of design is upon us! We've assembled your cheat sheet to navigating a month of inspiring possibilities.

By Rachel Ritchie September 30, 2014

Emerick Architecture's Division Street Residence, featured on the AIA 2014 Homes Tour

Design Week Portland
From a new geodesic-domed hub in Pioneer Courthouse Square to a Ziggy Stardust rock-and-roll gala to an expansive calendar of national names, open studios, workshops, and interactive events, the third annual citywide celebration of design offers tantalizing treats for admirers of design and professionals alike. Follow our ongoing coverage on Lookbook, and visit the Design Week website for more details. Oct 4–11

This two-day conference at the Portland Art Museum will explore all aspects of the buzzy world of experience design—or, "making experiences people love." Speakers include leaders from Zappos, Uber, XPLANE, Intel, and Google, all working at the creative crossroads of business, design, and technology. Visit the Delight website to find out more. Oct 6–7

Alessi teapots, Target clocks, Disney Dolphin Hotels and the Washington Monument restoration—Michael Graves has influenced a generation of American design with a breadth few architects in history have matched. But it was the Portland Building, published on a 1982 cover of Time magazine, that first introduced Graves and the architectural movement of postmodernism to the wider world. In a live, on-stage chat at the Portland Art Museum, Graves will explore two topics: 1) his career’s evolution since the Portland Building, and, in particular, since an infection rendered him a paraplegic in 2003 inspiring a turn to designing everything from wheelchairs to housing for disabled veterans; and 2) what of the Portland Building should be preserved and what might change during its upcoming renovation. Oct 9, 6pm

AIA Portland Homes Tour
The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) annual daylong self-guided tour of exceptional homes in the area provides the rare chance to wander through creative urban infill projects by local architects. Read our Lookbook post on the eight featured homes, and visit the AIA website for more details, tickets, and to plan your route. Oct 11, 10–4

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