InProcess: Pigeon Toe Ceramics and Architecture Building Culture

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InProcess is a quarterly lecture series presented by AIA Portland exploring the creative process of local architects, designers, makers, and creators.

These lectures are free and open to the public. Join us June 18 at the Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland.


With an aversion to the excess of mass-produced goods, Lisa Jones formed Pigeon Toe in the winter of 2008, fresh out of art school, with a vision to create uniquely beautiful objects grounded in American crafts and manufacturing. Highlighted as the ideal gift for “everyone” by Sunset Magazineʼs editor-in-chief and recently noted in Dwell and the New York Times, Lisa’s designs are as celebrated as they are widely respected.

As creative director / dabbler-in-chief, Lisa aspires to find fresh perspective through innovative material combinations, harking back to an era where artisans not only create, but inspire.

In 2014 Pigeon Toe became sibling-owned in addition to female-owned, with Lisa’s sister Samantha leaving a decade in corporate business development to join Pigeon Toe as co-owner, sales director, and chief Instagram Story Officer.

Together, alongside a talented team of makers and doers, the two of them have hoisted the freak flag high, producing vibrant, minimalist, and approachable pottery rich in personality from their studio in Portland.


Brian Cavanaugh is a Principal and Co-Founder of Architecture Building Culture (ABC). With over 25 years of experience, Brian has demonstrated a unique commitment to the practice of architecture and played a critical leadership role in his community. His record of design excellence, his contributions to academic and non-profit institutions, and his positions on municipal boards, all speak to a career built on a deeply held belief in the value of the architecture profession and its potential to serve the public good.

The work Brian and his firm has won numerous design awards – including local, regional/state and national awards from the AIA – and has been published throughout the world. In 2012 Brian received the AIA Young Architects Award. In 2014 ABC won the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Emerging Firm of the Year Award.

Brian is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon. In addition, he has taught at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the University of Southern California, the Boston Architectural Center, Woodbury University, and the Otis College of Art & Design, and a guest critic at a number of academic institutions.

Brian is the current President of Center for Architecture and a past President of AIA Portland.



Cover image courtesy AIA Portland.

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June 18, 2019 5:30 pm
June 18, 2019 7:00 pm


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