BY BRIAN LIBBY
2016 ASID Design Excellence Awards
The Oregon chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers presents the winners of its annual Design Excellence Awards, honoring 2016's best in interior design. The Good Mod, 1313 East Burnside. 5:30PM Thursday, January 5. Free.
Master of Architecture: Information Session
Portland State University School of Architecture offers two options for graduate study in architecture, together with a graduate certificate in public interest design, and a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture. Learn about the school's graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture, meet teaching faculty and the school's director, talk with current students, learn about the curriculum and teaching philosophies, discover leadership and design-build opportunities for students, tour studios and lab facilities, and find out more about the application process. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, 1914 SW Park Avenue, Room 235. 12PM Friday, January 6. Free.
Walking Tour of the Pearl District
The Pearl District was practically deserted 25 years ago. Join us on this Positively Portland walking tour to see how it’s been transformed into a dynamic walker-friendly neighborhood with contemporary and adaptive high rise housing, fine dining and world class entertainment. The Pearl District in Portland has become a model of high quality urban living and a must-see destination for visitors to our world-class city. Tour begins at AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 1PM Friday, January 6. $15.
Connect With A Leader: Paul Kinley
Presented by AIA Portland's ForWARD and Fellows committees, this series is an opportunity to meet with leaders in the architectural and related design industries: intimate conversations purposefully limited in size to allow for open dialogue regarding experiences, challenges and achievements. The latest installment features Paul Kinley, recently named a principal at Opsis Architecture after 11 years with the firm and 25 in the profession. Kindly and Opsis recently completed the award-winning Reed College Performing Arts Building as well as the John J. Hemmingson Student Center at Gonzaga University and Washburne Hall University Center at Pacific University. Opsis Architecture, 920 NW 17th Avenue. 12PM Tuesday, January 10. $18 ($15 for AIA members).
ARE Lecture Series: Site Planning
The AIA Portland Emerging Professionals Committee partners with local professionals to produce this annual lecture series to prepare licensure candidates for NCARB’s Architect Registration Exam. The first two lectures in this year's series dealt with construction documents and programming. This installment is devoted to site planning. AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30PM Tuesday, January 10. $25 ($15 for AIA members) for individual lecture, $200 ($100 for AIA members) for entire series.
Old Town/Chinatown Walking Tour
Discover the history and architecture of Portland’s first commercial district, where over 100 years ago ocean-going ships delivered their passengers and goods in this thriving port city . Learn about Old Town’s “Blazing Center” which hasn’t changed much since the days it was originally filled with brothels, bars and gambling houses. Attendees on this Positively Portland tour will see some survivors of the cast-iron era and swing through Portland’s Chinatown, as well as some prominent success stories and works in progress including the circa-1901 US Custom House and the circa-1881 Society Hotel. Tour begins at AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 1PM Friday, January 13. $15.
Portland 101: Crooked Grids, Tiny Blocks, And The Building Of The City
How did Portland get this way, with its little square blocks and weird intersections, the funny pronunciations and the bridge ramps to nowhere? Why is it even located where it is? Stone carver’s mistakes, upside-down pineapples, and mythical tunnels are among the topics in this Architectural Heritage Center lecture by Robert Jordan, which will touch upon Portland's street grid, the naming and re-naming of streets, and the eras of commercial architecture that have marked our compact and vibrant downtown, as well as the near-blitzkrieg effect of the Great Demolition of the mid-20th century, which left us with parking lots where the temples of finance and industry once stood. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, January 14. $20 ($12 for AHC members).