Years of planning, rounds of design, site explorations and valuable community conversations and public agency support have all shaped our vision for the Blue Heron site and The Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City. Plans and images of this along-awaited, legacy project were revealed this week at a media event on this intriguing 22-acre post-industrial riverfront site.
Thank you to everyone who joined members of the Design Collective – Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG – for the first public viewing of the concept on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Willamette Falls Riverwalk Design Celebration. It was our pleasure to discuss the design of this complex site, assemble a time capsule and raise a glass to toast the success of the project!
The team is beginning work on detailed design and construction drawings for the first phase of the riverwalk, with ground breaking scheduled for next summer. Check out willamettefallslegacy.org for the latest project news and progress.
2017 marks two anniversaries in the evolution of our interdisciplinary design studio. Forty years ago, Michael Reed, established Mayer/Reed focusing on the intersection of product design and visual communications. Ten years later, Carol Mayer-Reed joined the practice to form a larger multi-disciplinary partnership that includes landscape architecture and urban design. With the more recent addition of Kathy Fry and Jeramie Shane as principals, the practice continues to expand and evolve and is now a studio of 26 diversely talented professionals.
Throughout our 30/40 landmark year, we are exploring the nature of community and place through reflections, observations, and images of Mayer/Reed’s work culminating in a “Beyond Opening Day” photo exhibit. The November exhibit will explore the story of place and identity as seen through the lens of users. As designers, we are interested in learning how our projects have taken on a life of their own.
What are your experiences in the places that Mayer/Reed has designed? Have you captured special moments or a remarkable shaft of light?
“Chenney’s innovative, sustainable public spaces and urban designs display a seamless synthesis of art and science that interweave the social, aesthetic and practical.”
Teresa’s many volunteer activities are consistent with her ideals and commitment to public good and environmental stewardship. She is a selfless advocate for the very best design, and is highly respected for her outstanding contributions.
“Her work has been consistent in its environmental savvy and physical beauty. She’s generous with her time and knowledge… an inspiration to all who know her.” Laurie Olin, OLIN
Teresa’s professional life has included work in major firms in San Francisco, New York and Portland. She joined Mayer/Reed in 1997 to design the Nike World Headquarters North Campus Expansion project.
Mayer/Reed has promoted Ryan Carlson and Elizabeth Talley to Associates in recognition of their leadership.Ryan Carlson, LEED AP is a registered landscape architect and project manager. His professional pursuits range widely from urban projects such as the Hyatt House Downtown/Portland and the Franklin High School Modernization to parks and ecologically focused projects such as Portland’s Willamette Park Improvements and the Ebey Waterfront Park and Trail in Marysville, WA. Ryan holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. He joined Mayer/Reed in 2005.
Elizabeth Talley, SEGD is a visual communications designer and project manager. She has been with Mayer/Reed since 2011. Her design leadership in wayfinding and experiential graphics focuses on economic development and user experience. Liz’s recent projects include LOCA/Goat Blocks development, 333 Dexter Office Building, Prometheus Real Estate Group and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and volunteers for Venture Portland.