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The Story of NOW, The Story of HOW: Highlighting Women in Design

April 17, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Free
The Story of NOW, The Story of HOW: Highlighting Women in Design

Six short talks led by six remarkable women in different fields of design — each a firm founder and active leader — will introduce their unique design perspective and share their professional journey. Creatives, future leaders in design, and design enthusiasts, join us to hear stories, get inspiration and encouragement, and connect with local designers.

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Presenters include: Amanda Petretti, Founder and Principal of Studio Petretti Architecture; Katherine Cunningham and Jenny Streb, Founding Partners of Samata Engineers; Allison Bryan, Founder and Creative Director of Open Studio Collective; Ella Mills, Founder and Principal of Biella Lighting; Kaarin Knudson, Founder and Principal of Larco/Knudson Sustainable Urban Design; Traci Sym, Founding Principal of Plus and Greater Than.

The short talks will be preceded by a happy hour with drinks and light fare and followed by a quick Q&A session with the presenters.


Organized by 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.

When working with us you receive our full attention. Studio Petretti was established in 2015 as a woman-owned emerging small business creatively inspired by our clients. We are COBID certified WBE & ESB. We understand your mission and know how to guide projects to successful outcomes.

About Design Week Portland
Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.


Cover image courtesy Studio Petretti Architecture.