Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture

Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture Blog  Design Pup Lecture Series

PORTLAND, OR – 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, opened by members of Your Street Your Voice and Hacker.  The event, held at Ziba Auditorium and following the format of previous lectures opened with a social hour packed with friendly faces, food and drinks, and no shortage of free swag from Portland Design Events and Gray Magazine.


Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture

Following the social hour, as the sold-out crowd settled into their seats, the introductory lecture began with Jackie Santa Lucia and Joe Swank of Hacker discussing social justice in the architecture profession.  They highlighted the barriers that make licensure a difficult journey for many, and discussed how social justice advocates “can better understand how a space impacts a community, and how we can design spaces that better reflect the values of our communities” (Your Street, Your Voice.)


Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture

Your Street Your Voice alum Berhan Ayalew followed up by sharing his experience with the program, and his journey from being a recent high school graduate to enrolling at the University of Oregon, with an internship at Hacker along the way.

The presentation set the stage for celebrated architect Michael Ford as he inspired the crowd with a multimedia presentation – an engaging lecture mixed with video and music.  Ford’s lecture focused on explaining the role of architecture and the built environment in creating hip-hop, a new form of music culture.

“The idea of combining architecture and black music is not a new concept,” he mentioned, citing Le Corbusier’s appreciation of jazz music and its influence in his work.


Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture

Ford’s lecture was part of his week-long stay in Portland has he hosted a Hip Hop Architecture Camp at Benson Polytechnic High School.  The intent of the camp is “to introduce under represented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture.”  More information can be found on Ford’s website.

The event was made possible by a host of sponsors, including: AutodeskCarleton Hart ArchitectureEnergy Trust of OregonHackerHennebery Eddy ArchitectsInterface Engineering, Kirsten Sandberg, PAEPLACER&H ConstructionStantec ConsultingPrecision ImagesZibaPropel Studio, and Triple Play Studio.  GRAY Magazine was the Media Sponsor, with Arbuckle Industries and Architecture Videography Academy sponsoring as the Equipment Provider and Videographer, respectively.


Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture

On Deck

The Portland Design Events Lecture Series continues with the following events planned for this fall:

Martha Schwartz
Martha Schwartz Partners feat. TBD
September 13, 2018

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

Follow Portland Design Events for information about these events, and watch for tickets to go on sale later this summer.


Hip Hop Architect Inspires in June Lecture

About Michael Ford

Michael Ford, also known as The Hip Hop Architect, is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between architectural practitioners, residents on the cultural implications of architecture on its inhabitants through lectures, workshops and exhibits. Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including Fast Company, ESPN, Vibe Magazine, and NBC’s The TODAY Show. Michael Ford was invited to keynote The 2018 Toronto Interior Design Show, The 2017 American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture, The 2016 South by Southwest Eco Conference and to give a TEDX on Hip Hop Architecture. Through his years of research, publications, and lectures, Michael Ford is recognized in the architectural and Hip Hop communities as a galvanizer and pioneer of a new era of architectural practitioners.

About Portland Design Events

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.

About the Portland Design Events Lecture Series

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.

About AFO

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon supports Oregon’s quality of life and creates awareness of our designed environments through education, engagement, & inspiration.


Images by Timothy Niou.