Portland Design Events 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 organize a 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

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 - Martha Schwartz

My Existential Crisis and Other Random Acts

Martha Schwartz feat. BASE Landscape Architecture
September 13, 2018

This will be a two-part presentation: The first part will be about the work of Martha Schwartz Partners that spans from the very early installation works to the most recent work being done by the practice. The second part of the presentation will be sharing Martha’s own concerns about climate change, the conflicts this knowledge has brought which has resulted in the re-evaluation of her own priorities as a professional.

Hip Hop Inspired Architecture

Michael Ford feat. Your Street Your Voice
June 14, 2018

In their first ever collaborative event, Architecture Foundation of Oregon and Portland Design Events teamed up to present a lecture by Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford. Ford inspired the crowd with a multimedia presentation – an engaging lecture mixed with video and music. The talk focused on explaining the role of architecture and the built environment in creating hip-hop, a new form of music culture.

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.

Portland Design Events Lecture Series - LMS Architects

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 to our 2018 annual sponsors:

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  Check out our 2018 Sponsor Program below and email us to learn more and get involved!  Thank you!!