Honored Citizen Dinner

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon is pleased to celebrate
Donald J. Stastny as our 2017 Honored Citizen

Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom
October 18, 2017
no-host cocktails at 5:30pm
dinner and program at 7pm

Friends and colleagues gathered on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Oregon Convention Center to celebrate a Citizen and Provocateur who has forged a unique professional career as an Architect and Urbanist. We are pleased to pay tribute to Donald J. Stastny, whose nationally recognized elevation of Design and Design Methodology as a “problem solving tool” has its foundation in the academic, political and social cultures of Portland and Oregon. Mr. Stastny’s professional approach, ethos and intellect have garnered him many titles.

Don’s architectural work focuses on projects that reflect the values of a people and impact the community in which they are located. He has provided visioning, programming, design and planning services for 23 Native tribes and bands, interpreting and integrating tribal values as foundations for the work. This work has resulted in memorials, museums, cultural centers, and housing that tell the stories of the Peoples for whom they are designed.

Committed to celebrating local history and culture, Don has designed a number of cultural centers and museums that capture the vision of communities in Oregon. In his hometown of Malin, in Yamhill County, Umatilla County and Burns, the design of buildings and grounds, however modest, serve as a vehicle to pass on stories to future generations.

Stastny’s urban design and planning work guides communities in the creation of special places that reflect community identity. He has completed over 70 projects for communities across the United States and Canada, including Portland’s Central City Plan, plans for four evolving districts in the core area, and plans for several suburban communities. Introducing strategic urban design initiatives in towns in Western states, he has provided tools for local decision makers to respond to the cultural and economic conditions that are unique to a place.

Don is recognized as one of the preeminent Competition Advisors and Managers in North America from his first Design Competition, creating Portland’s acclaimed Pioneer Courthouse Square, to his collaboration with the GSA Office of the Chief Architect. His guide for the U.S. General Services Administration that accompanied the federal Design Excellence program has resulted in elevating the design quality of over 500 new and renovated federal properties throughout the nation.

Stastny believes there is a need to educate individuals and communities about the “power of design.” He has initiated processes for the elderly to participate in ongoing learning and provided fundamental education to youth. He was a founder of the Oregon School of Design, offering a unique architecture and planning program that brought higher education in architecture to Portland and resulted in subsequent programs at Portland State University and the University of Oregon in Portland.

We look forward to celebrating Donald J. Stastny as afo’s 2017 Honored Citizen. Guests will learn more about Don’s contributions to our designed and built environment through video and live presentations.

Since 1993, afo has honored public officials, philanthropists, developers, artists, a couple of architects, and related design professionals. Please join us on Wednesday, October 18 for what we promise will be an extraordinary evening. Sponsors and Supporting Sponsors will attend a pre-event reception with the honoree.

Watch the video oh our Honoree, produced by Jeff Gianola below.

Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.