AFO Dine & Design at the OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building

On August 18th Mayer/Reed and SRG Partnership (SRG) hosted an Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) Dine & Design event on the Mayer/Reed-designed outdoor terrace of the LEED platinum, state-of-the-art OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building. The AFO series brings people together to experience exceptional designed spaces and raises money to support AFO’s programs, including Architects in Schools.

We had a wonderful evening, gathering for happy hour and dinner in the 6th floor “intellectual lounge” and its connecting terrace with stunning views of the east from the South Waterfront. A panel discussion hosted by Laurie Canup (SRG) and Mayer/Reed Principal Jeramie Shane included OHSU leadership and researchers who shared how the building design supports their work to cure cancer.

The key to the building’s success is space organization for efficient workflows, but we also heard that there is magic in the social “eddies” where interactions are less linear. “It’s the coffee” and “lunch with a view” that make it happen. Casual yet important interactions on the rooftop terrace and in the kitchen during a coffee break or meal are the moments of cross-pollination which spark meaningful collaboration. This is a universal idea so many of us can relate to. As we all find our way back into our respective offices, these moments of spontaneous connection can bring intangible value. It is a good reminder of the importance of our work to support well-being and serve as a catalyst for things far beyond our imagination.

We are grateful for OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s commitment to cure cancer and for their generosity to share their time and observations. Taking the time to learn from those who inhabit our projects is a gift to the future of design.

Get Ready For Paseo, a New Portland Festival

Mayer/Reed is proud to sponsor “Paseo” – a new festival and community gathering in Downtown Portland July 15-17, presented by The Portland Parks Foundation.

Join us in the South Park Blocks for music, art, food vendors, performances, family activities and more. Paseo is a free event inspired by strolls through the streets of Spain and is conceived and curated by a committee of BIPOC social justice and arts leaders. See you in the park!

Posted July 01, 2022
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Categories: COMMUNITY  EVENTS 

Mayer/Reed @ Experience Portland: SEGD 2022 Conference

Next week join Mayer/Reed at the SEGD 2022 Conference in Portland where we’ll share our work and the value of collaboration, inclusive process and design rigor with the experiential graphic design community.

Context of Design PDX+SEGD – The conference will kick-off with event chairs—Kathy Fry, SEGD President, Mayer/Reed Principal; Alper Yurtseven, Mayer/Reed Senior Designer; and Traci Sym, SEGD Vice-President, Plus & Greater Than—presenting a local look at wayfinding, digital, exhibition, brand, interior and placemaking.

PDXNext Tour – Mayer/Reed Associate Bryan Stevens and Senior Designer Alper Yurtseven, along with Irene Ng (Port of Portland) and Dan Meeker (HOK), will lead a tour of the transformative Portland International Airport expansion and share the Signage and Wayfinding Master Plan development and implementation. Mayer/Reed is leading the signage and wayfinding implementation design throughout the PDXNext projects.

Columbia River Gorge Tour – Mayer/Reed Associate Debbie Shaw, along with Renee Tkach (Friends of the Columbia River Gorge), will lead a tour of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Amidst breathtaking waterfalls and viewpoints, they’ll discuss interpretation, education and wayfinding projects that ensure the Gorge remains wondrous, wild and open to all. Mayer/Reed’s work includes the Vista House, Towns to Trails, Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway Trail signage, Travel Oregon Bike Hubs and an accessible trails project. 

TriMet Transit Tour – Mayer/Reed Senior Designer Rob Wente will lead a tour of the MAX light rail system and new BRT bus line with Jesse Stemmler and Fiona Lyon of TriMet. They’ll explore the TriMet brand, station design, wayfinding, art and integration of bike friendly design. Mayer/Reed’s work includes the Portland Transit Mall, Orange Line, Division Street Transit and the Tilikum Crossing.

Posted June 10, 2022
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Categories: COMMUNITY  EVENTS 

Mentorship in Design: Planning the SEGD Conference

On June 16-18 the long-awaited SEGD Portland Conference will welcome the global design community to meet in person after a two-year delay due to the pandemic.

This year a key theme is mentorship and creating access for BIPOC and young designers. As an example, one session in the agenda will feature three Portland area non-profits—Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Comma, and Diversity in Design—engaged in mentorship and community programs seeking to empower BIPOC communities and allies while connecting them within design fields. Together these groups will lead a workshop focused on the impact of informal and formal mentorship programs from high school to working professional.

Mentorship is also central in planning the conference. As conference co-chairs, Kathy Fry, Traci Sym and I collaborated with students in the Portland State University Graphic Design Department’s Design Club to develop conference branding. It was an exciting real-world opportunity with valuable hands-on experience for the students—and a lot of fun for us! They developed a bold, vibrant visual language for media graphics, signage, stage backdrops, tote bags and badges, and a custom bike donated for the SEGD Auction.

Working with the students has reminded me of the saying, “you get out, what you put in.” As a professional designer with over 25 years in this field, the mentoring experience allowed me to shed my seasoned designer lens and look at the world of design from the perspective of young and upcoming designers. It is rewarding and stimulating. I have shared my career observations with them, and they have opened my eyes with curiosity, personal stories and excitement for the future of design. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to devote time to build a connection with these promising designers.

I hope you will join us at the SEGD conference to see their work, share your experience and build bonds with our design community.


Conference Co-Chairs
Alper Yurtseven: Mayer/Reed Designer
Traci Sym: +&> Principal, SEGD Vice-President
Kathy Fry: Mayer/Reed Principal, SEGD President