Upcoming design events in October

Get ready to book your calendar with some exciting local design events.  This week happens to be Portland Fashion Week (Oct 6 – 10), ShowPDX kicks off its local furniture design showcase (Oct 8 – 30) and the second annual Architecture and Design Festival is happening throughout October.

Calendar Highlights (All event information is taken from the events’ website.  You may want to check with the organizations hosting the events.)

ShowPDX  at 2030 N. Williams 2010 runs October 8th – 30th (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 – 2pm & 4-6 pm, Saturday 12 – 2pm).  Free and open to the public.

October 7

Exhibit openingThe Mirror and The Frame: John Yeon and the Landscape Art of China and Japan.” The buildings of the self-trained Portland architect and landscape conservationist John Yeon (1910-1994) are known for their close affinity with their natural surroundings.

To mark the centennary of his birth, this exhibition curated by University of Oregon architecture professor Kevin Nute explores parallels between techniques used to integrate buildings and landscapes in Yeon’s work and the traditional Chinese and Japanese art he collected throughout his career. (Runs through October 29.)

Opening Reception 5:30 – 9pm

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave


Yeon Swan
Swann House by John Yeon, Portland (photo by Brian Libby)

Tokyo 167A Kyoto
Buddhist temple, Kyoto, Japan (photo by Brian Libby)

October 9

Design Matters: A Tour of Portland Homes Explore six amazing residences designed by leading AIA Portland architects during this daylong self-guided tour. Featuring projects designed by William Kaven Architecture, Emerick Architects, Giulietti/Schouten Architecture, Webster Wilson, Integrate, and Works Partnership Architecture.

10 – 4

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave

$40 – (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 10

Architecture + Photography Workshop: Explore architectural treasures through your camera lens with local photographer Lincoln Barbour, whose work has been published in Elle DecorPortland Monthly and Gourmet, among others. This three-hour walking tour  will lead you to the most photo-friendly buildings around the Pearl District, providing professional guidance on how anyone can take better snapshots of their built environment.

1 – 4pm

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave

$20 (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 13

A Conversation with Jeff Kovel:  Host Becca Cavell of THA Architecture interviews Kovel, founder of Skylab Architecture.

Kovel arrived in Portland in 1996 after receiving an architecture degree from Cornell University (listed by some publications as the nation’s top architecture school) and founded Skylab Architecture three years later. The firm’s portfolio includes the popular Doug Fir restaurant and club, the Departure Lounge atop The Nines Hotel, the 12 + Alder mixed use building, and the Hoke Residence, used as a backdrop in the first Twilight film.



1100 SE Grand Ave

Admission: $20 suggested donation to Street of Eames fund

12 + Alder (image courtesy Skylab Architecture)

October 14

Pecha Kucha Night: Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘the sound of conversation’) was devised and is shared by Tokyo based architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture) and has spread worldwide. This event creates a forum for designers, architects, and artists to meet, network and show their work in public. Presenters are allowed 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha Portland is produced by Project CityScope.

7:30 pm

The Plant

939 SE Alder St

Free with donations appreciated

Pecha Kucha night (image courtesy AIA/Portland, Project CityScope)

October 16

15th Annual “Riches of a City” Heritage Auction:  Presented by the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, funds raised at the auction support the historic preservation educational programs and operations of the foundation’s Architectural Heritage Center.


Governor Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave

Tickets: $100 for members, $150 general

October 18

Bright Lights Discussion: Portland Redesigns a Slice of Arabia:  Portland’s SERA Architects and Interface Engineering are designing a sustainable city for one of the hottest and driest places: the United Arab Emirates. The project’s urban designer and engineer share a glimpse of one future for the Middle East with host Randy Gragg, editor of Portland Monthly.


Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave


October 20

The Great Portland Barscape: 6:00pm. (Tickets $10.) This self-guided tour event will highlight five architect-designed watering holes in the Central Eastside. Each location will uniquely showcase what it takes to create a space worthy of many a happy hour partaking. For your paid voucher, the featured bars have selected either a free brew or a discount on a specialty liquor or wine for bar crawl participants.


$10 (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 23

Mid-Century Modern Bus Tour.   The first bus stop on the tour will land you at the future site of the Belluschi Pavilion and Griffith Residence in Marylhurst where Tony Belluschi will tell you about Oregon’s latest architectural vision. The next stop is the Abbey Library in Mount Angel, one of only two works in the United States designed by Scandinavian Modern architect Alvar Aalto. Continue on to the Gordon House located in Silverton – the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed house open to the public in the Pacific Northwest!

$50, includes lunch and wine at the Gordon House

(Call the Gordon House at 503-874-6006 for reservations and information.)

Architecture + Design Festival Gala Celebration: A festive evening celebrating innovation and excellence in local design.


Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave

$100 – includes full dinner, awards, and after party (Tickets may be purchased here)

$30 – includes awards, dessert, and after party only (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 27

Through a Lens: Architectural Photography Show: This photography exhibition will feature striking images of architecture and design through the eyes of Portlanders. This show is open to all, and welcomes 8″ x 10″ images from Rose City denizens that capture their particular views on the built environment. Each photograph will be for sale during the reception as a fundraiser for the Center for Architecture. One winner will be selected by a local architectural photographer and Pro Photo Supply, and the recipient will receive a $350 gift certificate to Pro Photo Supply.


AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave


October 29

Form Function Fashion Show: Taking its cue from other design disciplines, this show will explore the broader definition of how the human form and proportion influences fashion. Does fashion build upon Louis Sullivan’s notion that form follows function, or does ornamentation have its rightful place enveloping our bodies as we move through architectural space?


AIA/Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave

$20 (Tickets may be purchased here)

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