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Portland, OR (September 8, 2003) — The Reed College Women’s Committee Forum 2003 lecture series, "Blueprint for Designing Public Spaces," will present lectures by four nationally and internationally known architects and designers. The speakers will offer diverse perspectives on architecture as it relates to urban planning and public spaces--a subject of keen interest to Portlanders and throughout Oregon.

The lectures will take place on Thursdays in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed campus: October 2, 9, 16, and 23. All proceeds from Forum 2003 support the Reed College Women’s Committee Scholarship Fund.

Speakers this year are Robert J. Frasca, partner in charge of design at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, Portland; Andrew Bernheimer, founding member of New York-based Della Valle + Bernheimer Design; Thomas Hacker, design principal with Thomas Hacker Associates, Portland; and Ethan Kent, program associate with Project for Public Spaces in New York City. Details about each lecture follow. A reception and book sale will begin one hour before the start of each lecture.

Series tickets are $40 and can be purchased in advance online at, by phone at 503/777-7787, or directly from Women’s Committee members. Series tickets may be used to admit one person to each lecture, or four persons to one lecture. Individual tickets are available at the door for $15. Tapes of individual lectures or the entire series may be ordered at the book table. For further information, please call 503/777-7787.


ROBERT J. FRASCA, partner in charge of design, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
Architecture at Reed & Beyond: What Makes Buildings the Way They Are?
Thursday, October 2, 2003
6:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
Post-lecture reception with Frasca: 7:30 p.m., Gray Center lounge
Over the past 15 years, ZGF has helped to expand and transform the Reed College campus while retaining its sense of culture and place. Frasca will explain how this has been achieved and contrast Reed with different cultures and places that have resulted in a different architecture. ZGF has also worked on public projects such as OMSI, west side light rail, the Oregon Convention Center, and the Portland International Airport terminal expansions.

ANDREW BERNHEIMER, founding member, Della Valle + Bernheimer Design, New York
Building Intimacy
Thursday, October 9, 2003
6:30 p.m. Kaul Auditorium
In 1996 Bernheimer and his partner were winners of the first San Francisco Prize in Architecture, which resulted in their first commission, the renovation of the Federal Plaza at the U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco. The partners lecture and teach in addition to their diverse design work in residential, commercial, and public architectural projects. The firm’s work has been featured in numerous publications and has been the recipient of many awards, the most recent as winner of the Architectural League of New York’s 2002 Young Architects Forum competition.

THOMAS HACKER, design principal, Thomas Hacker Architects
Public Architecture & Civic Identity
Thursday, October 16, 2003
6:30 p.m. Kaul Auditorium
Public architecture, historically, has proven a powerful symbol of civic identity. An important challenge facing contemporary architects is the need to discover new forms capable of generating the collective response and the civic meaning of those earlier works. Hacker will explore the relationship between architectural form and civic identity by comparing historical and contemporary examples, including the recent work of Thomas Hacker Architects, nationally recognized for designs of civic and educational buildings, including the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, the High Desert Museum, and the Portland State University Urban Center.

ETHAN KENT, program associate, Project for Public Spaces, New York
Creating Successful Public Spaces
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Noon, Kaul Auditorium
The nonprofit Project for Public Spaces (PPS) provides resources, techniques, and tools to help people build great public spaces, assisting neighborhoods, states, and countries in improving their parks, markets, streets, transit stations, and other spaces. Using images and case studies from around the world and many PPS projects, Kent will focus on the components, benefits, principles, and processes involved in planning and creating successful public spaces.

About the Reed College Women’s Committee
The Reed College Women’s Committee was founded in 1956 as an educational and social liaison between the college and the Portland community. The committee’s goals are to enhance the reputation of Reed in the community and to provide stimulating activities to the public. The proceeds from the lecture series support the scholarship fund, which over the years has helped more than 50 students attend Reed.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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