Lecture Series

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.

We are proud to have recently launched our quarterly lecture series, bringing innovative designers from around the world to share their work and process with the Portland community. Presentations range on a variety of design-related topics, from architecture and landscape, to interiors, urban design and more. The series brings outside, world-class perspectives to Portland, inspiring our local designers to create a more beautiful, resilient, and equitable future.

Upcoming Lectures

Hip Hop Inspired Architecture: Michael Ford

Hip Hop Inspired Architecture
Michael Ford feat. Hacker & Your Street Your Voice
June 14, 2018

Michael Ford’s talk on Hip Hop Inspired Architecture focuses on three interconnected realms – education, practice and media to expose the subconscious roles of celebrated modernist architects and urban planners in the creation of the environments which necessitated hip hop’s birth. The multi-media lecture will include a live DJ who extracts samples of rap lyrics as dialogue, commentary and counterpoints to popular architectural history and theory. The juxtaposition establishes golden era Hip Hop lyrics as a post occupancy evaluation of modern architecture.

Portland Design Events Lecture Series - Snow Kreilich Architects

Matthew Kreilich
Snow Kreilich Architects feat. Outside Architecture
November 8, 2018

Snow Kreilich Architects is a nationally recognized and award winning architectural studio based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio was formerly Julie Snow Architects, founded in 1995 by Julie Snow. With each project led by design principals Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich, the studio focuses on producing architecture that performs against multiple measures of design success.

Past Lectures

Portland Design Events Lecture Series - Collective Inquiry Cover Image

Collective Inquiry
KieranTimberlake feat. Open Studio Collective
March 22, 2018

As the cherry blossoms bloomed outside, Portland Design Events celebrated the first lecture event of 2018, featuring Billie Faircloth, award-winning Partner of Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake.  In her talk, Billie discussed the role of collective intelligence in the firm’s work – holistically integrated to site, program, and people.

Designing for Change
LMS Architects feat. Studio Petretti
November 16, 2017

On a cold and rainy November evening, Portland Design Events launched its inaugural lecture series event, Designing for Change.  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.


As we continue to be the sole group to regularly bring outside, top-tier lectures to Portland’s design community, we rely on a deep and wide-reaching network of volunteers, supporters, and sponsors to make the series happen.

Sponsorship of the Portland Design Events Lecture Series offers the opportunity to invest in our design community, allowing students, professionals, and members of the public the chance to gain inspiration and learn insights that they can bring back to their practice. The series also offers community-building through a social hour before the event, and allows for talented emerging designers to gain exposure as they open each lecture as a cornerstone of the series format.

Thank you.