We Design: People. Practice. Progress.

November 14, 2019 | | View Comments

Design Museum’s newest initiative, We Design: People. Practice. Progress., launches in Portland in winter 2020!

We Design: People. Practice. Progress. brings together creatives from different backgrounds to examine and celebrate the range of career paths, applications, and impact in design. Spanning generations, geographies, and practices, We Design features career stories about why people do what they do, and how they have forged their unique paths into different creative professions. From graffiti artists and architects to civic designers and research scientists, the exhibition emphasizes the need for more diversity in the design and innovation industries, and highlights the importance of equity and inclusion in terms of generating ideas.


Free Exhibit • Open to the Public
On View: February 13 through April 24, 2020

Clay Creative
Clay Creative Building, 240 SE Clay St, Portland, OR


Exhibition Preview

Visitors will experience career stories from these individuals and many more:

Suenn Ho 
Principal & Urban Designer, RESOLVE Architecture + Planning

Angela Medlin 
Founder, The Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio at Pensole

Apparel & Graphic Designer, Founder, Staple Design

Liz Ogbu
Urban & Social Impact Designer, Studio O

Street Artist

Phil Freelon
Design Director, Perkins+Will


Our Process

We Design will feature and celebrate a variety of creative professionals — of differing ages, genders, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities — showcasing their unique career paths within the design industries. In order to showcase a range of experiences, career strategies, processes, and thoughts on diversity in design, our team works firsthand with featured participants; through interviews, site visits, and collecting images and artifacts that bring their work and impact to life.

To develop this exhibition, our team first formed a committee of advisors in the field made up of experts in design, art, education, career development, human resources, among others. This group of advisors helped us form partnerships and invite individuals, organizations, and more to get involved to share their stories.

Special Thanks to our Founding Advisors:

Joe Baldwin
Principal, Opsis Architecture

Precious Bugarin
Adjunct Professor, Portland State University

Kelly Chanopas
Architect, AIA Oregon

Naps D’Apice
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager, Simple Finance

Eugenie Jolivett Fontana
Founder, Gather & Garner

Ruwan Jayaweera
Senior Associate, PAE Engineers

Sun Joo Kim
Design Manager, Gensler

Juliana Lukasik
Principal/Director, @Large Films

Angela Medlin
Founder/Director, FAAS

Kari Merkl
Founder/Owner, Merkled Studio

Denise Mullen
Consultant and Former President, OCAC

Steven Nakana
Social Equity Program Manager, Port of Portland

Nina Narelle
Partner & Senior Strategist, Future Work Design

Salvador Orara
Innovation Professor of Practice & Director of Innovation Programs, University of Portland

Amanda Petretti
Principal, Studio Petretti Architecture

Jocelyn Rice
Designer, Columbia Sportswear

Kristi Riedel
Programs Director, Young Audiences

Kendra Roberts
Co-Founder and Creative Producer, Common Ground Arts

Karina Ruiz
Principal, BRIC

Nicole Schmidt
CEO & Founder, kroudsourced

Hannah Silver
Sustainability Manager, GBD Architects

Lindsay Verdugo
Community Affairs Specialist, Mortenson

Jennifer Wright
Project Architect, Richard Brown Architecture

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