Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at “Collective Inquiry”

Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at "Collective Inquiry" Blog  Design Pup Lecture Series

PORTLAND, OR – As the cherry blossoms bloomed outside, Portland Design Events proudly launched “Collective Inquiry,”our first lecture event of 2018, featuring award-winning Partner of Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake, with opening lecture by Allison Bryan of Portland’s Open Studio Collective.

Following the format of our 2017 inaugural event, our 200+ guests entered the sold-out venue welcomed by a social hour featuring appetizers by Turkish Voodough and beverages courtesy of Freeland Spirits and Free Public Wine.  “It feels so welcoming,” one guest mentioned, “that each attendee matters and is personally welcome here,” he said, referring both to the social hour and the copies of Gray Magazine placed in each seat as a gift to every guest.


Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at "Collective Inquiry"


Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at "Collective Inquiry"

The program began with opening remarks by Portland Design Events Founder John Maternoski, followed by Programs Director Lucas Gray.  Lucas welcomed to the stage Allison Bryan, who gave an inspiring talk about her anti-disciplinary approach to design.  Through her firm, Open Studio Collective, Allison and her team create beautiful work through a variety of media, including architecture, interior, and graphic design.  All the while, they foster relationships with clients and every member of the project team.  “We have to treat each other well and our clients well or we’re not going to do good work. The plumber, the general contractor, you name it: there has to be a good relationship or the work is going to suffer,” Bryan noted.


Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at "Collective Inquiry"

Allison’s discussion of anti-disciplinary design offered a terrific segue into the headlining lecture by Billie Faircloth, who spent the evening exploring the question, “what is our agency?”  In her talk, Billie discussed the role of collective intelligence in the firm’s work – searching, exploring, and evolving – illustrated through a series of examples from the firm.  How does a vegetated roof evolve over time?  How does perceived flow correlate with the actual flow of foot traffic in a medical center?  How is a public space actually being used?  Can a firm withstand East Coast summers without air conditioning?


Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at "Collective Inquiry"

Faircloth’s hour-long talk inspired, offering a glimpse into a fascinating world of exploration and a multidisciplinary approach to design.  She captured the imagination of the audience, leading to a lively question and answer session where we learned that, in fact, a large Philadelphia firm located in an old warehouse cannot withstand East Coast summers without the aid of a chiller.

For a full read of Faircloth’s lecture, check out the longform article written by Portland Architecture writer and GRAY contributor Brian Libby >>


The Portland Design Events Lecture Series continues in June, when we will be bringing in Michael Ford of the Hip Hop Architecture Camp on June 14th, in proud partnership with the Architecture Foundation of Oregon.


Related: Cellophane House™, by KieranTimberlake, available now at the Portland Design Events Store! >>


Multidisciplinary Leaders Inspire at "Collective Inquiry"

Energy Trust of Oregon
Interface Engineering
Free Public Wine Co.
Freeland Spirits
Precision Images
Propel Studio
Triple Play Studio

Media Sponsor

Arbuckle Industries
Equipment Provider

Architecture Videography Academy

Turkish Voodough


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 Open Studio Collective
Open Studio Collective was founded in 2015 and is a woman-owned, multidisciplinary design studio. OSC creates through collaboration, respects individual talent, and believes that any idea can lead to a meaningful piece of work.

We are multidisciplinary by way of architecture, interior, and graphic design. We challenge ourselves to not limit the mediums we create within and work tirelessly to sculpt experiences that inspire. We believe that our best work and our best selves come from keeping our mind open.

We are a team of architectural, interior & graphic designers.


About KieranTimberlake
Founded in 1984, KieranTimberlake brings together the experience and talents of over 120 professionals of diverse backgrounds and abilities in a practice that is recognized worldwide. Our projects include the programming, planning, and design of new structures as well as the conservation, renovation, and transformation of existing buildings, with special expertise in education, government, arts and culture, civic, and residential projects.

Common to all our work is that each project begins with a question and continues its development within a culture of continuous asking, ensuring that design results from deep investigation. KieranTimberlake is committed not only to delivering the highest quality services to our clients, but also to pursuing ideas that push the practice of architecture forward.

We have received hundreds of design citations, including the Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution in 2010.


Images by Timothy Niou.

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