Shape the future from the edge. Oregon Design Conference 2016 will be May 5-7, 2016 at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon

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Keynote Speakers

Inga Saffron
Architecture Critic and Loeb Fellow

Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has written a weekly column over the past fifteen years called “Changing Skyline” that offers an insightful look at the urban design issues facing Philadelphia. She is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and has been a finalist three times since 2004.

During her year as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Saffron explored issues relating to place-making, alternative transportation and rammed-earth construction. Her writing has appeared in the New Republic, Metropolis, Dwell Landscape Architecture Magazine, Texas Architecture and the Architects Newspaper. Before becoming the paper’s architecture critic, she spent the 1990s as a foreign correspondent for the Inquirer in Russia and the former Yugoslavia, covering wars in Bosnia and Chechnya and witnessing the destruction of Sarajevo and Grozny.

Stephen Van Dyck
Partner, LMN Architects

Stephen Van Dyck, a partner at LMN Architects in Seattle, has earned a reputation for innovation, design technology and collaborative leadership. Stephen is recognized as an industry authority in the adoption of emerging technologies. His project experience encompasses a wide range of public assembly, performing arts, higher education and mixed-use projects.

Winner of the 2016 AIA Firm Award and characterized by a firm culture driven by design excellence, community and civic impact, LMN is also broadly recognized as a firm that is pushing the boundaries of design technology.

In 2008, LMN created a design technology lab, LMN Tech Studio (LMNts), to develop and oversee research related to new digital fabrication and modeling platforms. The LMNts blog averages 4,500+ unique visits per month, sharing the team’s expertise, explorations, and open-source code with the larger design community. In 2015, they built on this core competency by establishing the LMN Shop, an in-house digital fabrication workshop available to all project teams to make large-scale models, architectural component prototypes and construction mockups for hands-on development with their clients and collaborators.

Dan Pitera
Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit

Dan Pitera, FAIA, is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He views the design profession as an essential force in establishing human relationships and engagement. The sustainability and regeneration of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents; thus, the Design Center provides not only design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration. Under his direction since 2000, the DCDC won the 2002 and 2011 Dedalo Minosse International Prize and was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 and 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The Design Center won the Grand Award in the first annual national 2002 NCARB Prize and again in 2009, and was included in the international exhibit/conference ArchiLab 2001 and 2004 in Orleans, France. The DCDC was awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans and the 2011 SEED Award.

Mr. Pitera was the 1998 Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska and has lectured and taught extensively throughout the North America, South America, and Europe. Dan was a finalist for both the 2006-2007 James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City and the 2008-2009 Rafael Vinoly Architects Grants in Architecture. Dan was a resource member for the 40th and 43rd Mayor’s Institute for City Design (MICD) and a facilitator for the MICD 25th anniversary in 2011. In 2011, Dan gave the keynote address at the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Congress and the Keynote address in Lisbon to Portugal’s equivalent to HUD. He has co-authored the book Syncopating the Urban Landscape: More People, More Programs, More Geographies, and co-edited the book Activist Architecture: The Philosophy and Practice of the Community Design Center. He was a 2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2010.

He ends his bio with ‘he likes “fallout shelter” yellow…’

Eric Karsh
Co-founder, Equilibrium Consulting Inc.

Eric is a founding partner of Equilibrium Consulting, a structural engineering firm recognized internationally as a leader in the field of timber engineering. Eric is also co-owner of BC Passive House, a prefabrication company specialized in the design and construction of high performance panelized building systems, and a director of Design Build Research, a not for profit Institute dedicated to teaching the design and construction of socially, culturally and environmentally relevant student lead installations.

In 2012, Eric co-authored the widely publicized “Case for Tall Wood” report featured by the Economist, CNN and National Geographic. His recent projects include the UBC Earth Sciences Building in Vancouver, and the recently completed Wood Design Innovation Centre in Prince George, which made Azure Magazine’s 2014 Top Ten List. Eric is currently working on the new OSU School of Forestry facility in Corvallis in Oregon.

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