Portland Design Week is one of my favorite events of the year. This year the line-up is better than ever. I wanted to take a moment to share my curated list of don’t-miss events for those interested in architecture and design.


Monday, April 8, 2019:


Changing Course: Short Stories From Designers + Creatives

Short stories from designers and creatives who redefined their intent to include the unexpected. The audience will be entertained with 9 quick, short stories from storytellers describing a moment in their career or design process when straying from their initial intent offered an unanticipated outcome.

Storytellers will share a wide variety of stories that incorporate surprising opportunities, from embracing the happy accidents of design, to major career and business shifts.


Thursday, April 11, 2019:


She Built This City: The Women of PDX Design & Architecture

Join us for an inspiring afternoon during Design Week PDX as we welcome a panel of these influential women in design to share their wisdom, strength, and experiences from three decades of Portland design.


B76 Guided Tour

ABOUT THE TOUR: Join us for a walking tour of the newly constructed B76 commercial building. Come gain insight to our design process, learn about the new CLT structural system and innovative construction methods used to bring this building to life.


Friday, April 12, 2019:


Walking Tour: Mid-Century Modern and Minimalism in Portland

“Until the middle of the twentieth century, Portland architecture was firmly within the mainstream of American design. That changed with the emergence of Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill as Portland leapt to the forefront of international architectural design…”


Saturday April 13th:


Building an ADU from Idea to Occupancy

This is a three-part event encompassing a talk, workshop, and tour of an in-progress ADU in North Portland.


AIA Portland Homes Tour

Treat yourself to an exclusive first-hand look into some of the most creative and thoughtfully conceived residences in Portland.

The 10th annual AIA Portland Homes Tour showcases a modern take on northwest living, featuring new and remodeled residences representing a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and locations. This self-guided tour provides an excellent opportunity to see how great design impacts our quality of life through creativity, sustainability, and craft.


If you’ve never seen Portland through the eyes of Design Week, make this your year. I can guarantee that you will learn so much, meet fascinating people and come away feeling inspired. To see the full Portland Design Week Schedule, go here.


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