DLR Group embraces the POWER of design at Seattle Design Festival

DLR Group architects and engineers are leading, hosting and speaking at eight events at the 7th Annual Seattle Design Festival in partnership with AIA Seattle and the Design in Public organization. Staff members from the international design firm kick off Festival activities on September 8, 2017, with an art installation at the two-day street fair Block Party event highlighting the Festival theme of POWER.

Design Festival Chairperson, Vicki Ha, AIA, DLR Group Architect stated, “Exploring the power of design is a great theme because it lets us express the variety of ways that design impacts communities, buildings, urban landscapes and above all the citizens with positive social change. We’re excited to create an art installation that highlights the POWER of recycling in partnership with Recology Seattle and Venture General Contracting.”

In addition to the art installation, DLR Group will lead, host and present at the following events:

  • September 8-16Futurama: Redux: Urban Mobility after Cars and Oil. Rico Quirindongo, AIA, facilitated this first U.S. showing of the international travelling exhibit on the future of transportation. This exhibit at the Seattle Central Library show cases 20 designers’ perspectives on how post-carbon urban mobility might foster sustainability and improve quality of life.
  • September 11, 5-7 p.m. – Rico Quirindongo, AIA collaborates with AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable to present Sam Assefa to discuss how HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) can affect our neighborhoods.
  • September 13, 6-9 p.m. – DLR Group will host a Design Discussion on the topic “Knowledge is POWER” which will bring a panel of leading authorities to discuss Design Literacy, featuring speakers from universities and organizations from around the world. Location: DLR Group 51 University Street, Suite 600, Seattle, Wash.
  • September 13 – November 18 - DLR Group’s Portland Building and the Discovery High School models were selected by the Seattle Architecture Foundation 20th Annual Model Exhibit, which will be on display for the next two months at the Center for Architectural Design.
  • September 10 & 21, 2-4 p.m. Recharge the Battery, Walking Tour and Ideas Competition. Architectural Technician, Aaron Asis is the brainchild behind this art initiative to rethink what should happen to the Battery Street Tunnel when it is de-commissioned after Bertha Tunnel opens. Location: Block 41, 115 Bell Street, Seattle, Wash.
  • September 18, 5:30-7 p.m. – Panel discussion “Enter the Fray: How Architects can be Powerful Advocates” focuses on how the design community can better advocate for their professions while working toward more people-oriented development and a vibrant urban community. Rico Quirindongo, AIA will participate on this panel held at the Center for Architecture & Design.
  • September 19, 6-9 p.m. – Design in Public discussions on empowering marginalized communities. Architect Erica Loynd, AIA, will be part of the panel facilitated by Surya Vanka from Authentic. Location: Center for Architecture & Design.

“Design firms don’t always get opportunities like this to directly connect to the larger community,” said DLR Group Principal and Northwest Design Leader Jeremy Reding, AIA. “So when an event draws 30,000 people into the City to talk about design, we want to be there to listen to the conversation and learn from it. It’s what informs the way we design in the future and gives us an opportunity to share our unique perspectives.”