Designing in the Current Political Climate
Hosted by STAnDD
Thursday, April 12
Lawrence Hall  279 | 7:00 PM
Panelists: Chris Cornelius, Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, Mechele Eggers

The current political climate and its social and economic implications have left people feeling skeptical, angry, and tense. As designers, it is our job to create and build with people in mind. Though current policies and laws may not affect us directly (yet), it is our responsibility to use our privilege to better serve and advocate for those most affected, especially those who are unheard. We ask you to join us alongside professors and practicing professionals in the design field to examine the difficult question: What can we do within our scope of work to advocate for those who are neglected everyday?

Ad-Hoc Principles for Design & Sustainability
Hosted by CASL
Friday, April 13
Lawrence Hall  206 | 7:00 PM
Panelists: Katrina Spade, Thomas Jackson, Harper Keeler, Kory Russell

In the world of design materiality is everything. We specify uses for wood, steel, water, and soil, but do we think about their ramifications to our world? Innovation is necessary when thinking about the systems that we work with daily. What if we rethought the types of materials being used and only utilize those found on-site? Or, what if we repurposed unconventional materials to create a more enriching system? Innovation, improvisation, and ad-hoc principles are sometimes necessary to create sustainable spaces, whether that be in our design implementation or in the way we think about design as a medium for change. Untraditional methods for sustainable design may be the way to create a better tomorrow.

UO Architecture Grad DeNorval Unthank Jr. 
Saturday, April 14
Lawrence Hall 206 | 2:00 PM
Panelists: Otto Poticha, Greg Evans, Mark Harris

What is the meaning of a Legacy? DeNorval Unthank, Jr., FAIA was the first Black man to earn a degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. His prolific career spanned five decades and is responsible for many notable buildings throughout our region. This panel will explore Unthank’s legacy of design excellence and civic engagement as told by the people who knew him. Emeritus Professor of Practice Otto Poticha will discuss his partner’s work at Unthank Sedar Poticha. Eugene City Councilor and LCC Diversity Chief Greg Evans will describe Unthank’s role in the African American Community. LCC Counselor and Ethnic Studies faculty Mark Harris will offer critical historical context. This will be an interactive session that combines panel discussion with Q&A.

Hosted by KSM
Saturday, April 14
Lawrence Hall 206 | 7:00 PM
Panelists: Paul Steinberg, Ryan Marumaya, TBA

Kitchen Sync Magazine’s theme The Middle of Nowhere and HOPES’ Unbuilt share a common interest in new and changing circumstances. From this arise compelling questions related to the nature of undefined or liminal conditions, a topic we are all affected by today. Our task in this panel is to discuss a personal framework through which we engage our unique communities and individual experiences. The format for this discussion will be a panel of creatives and thinkers from various backgrounds.

Sunday, April 15
Pape Room White Stag Pdx | 3:30 PM
Panelists: Rhys Roth, Joe Payne, David Cook, Crystal Grinnell

Cities like Portland are confronted with the need to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade water and other infrastructures, this in a time of climate change and hydrological regimes that are transforming. Convening experts in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, engineering, and finance, this panel event will explore the intersection of design, resilient infrastructure, and equity. The structure will involve short talks by four experts representing different disciplines followed by a panel and question and answer session.