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Building a Canvas: a Discussion Exploring Art, Architecture & Technology

This discussion is intended to be a session of conversation and ideas, where attendees will have the ability to participate. At its best, creative technology when combined with architecture, encourages engagement with the larger community in unexpected, delightful ways. At its worst, it becomes obsolete too quickly to be a 'durable building material' or is inherently exclusive. In an age where technology has infiltrated everyday life, what are some optimal ways to integrate technology and art into architecture? How can we look to artists and the world of tech to inform what buildings will look like and how they will perform in the future? How can we utilize high tech ideas in more low tech ways to make it affordable/accessible? As the boundaries of artists and designers dissolve, collaboration yields new innovation. What is an ideal design team, what are the challenges and opportunities in developing the future facades of our buildings?


Rose Bond - Animator & Media Artist

Rose Bond produces work at the juncture of cinema, animation, and experiential design. Her large-scale, site-specific installations navigate the allegories of place and illuminate urban space. Sited projections include the 2016 Oregon Symphony’s performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla, two pieces for the permanent collection at the Portland Chinatown Museum, 2018; Illumination No.1 at Portland’s Old Town Society Hotel, 2014; a prototype for a media installation in the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building, 2012; Broadsided! at Exeter Castle, 2010; and Intra Muros, shown during the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival and reprised for the Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht, 2008, and Nuit Blanche, Toronto 2011. Bond’s paint-on-film animated films have been presented at major international festivals and are held in the MoMA Film Collection. She has received honors from the American Film Institute, The Princess Grace Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded an Oregon Media Arts Fellowship in 2016. Bond is the Department Head of Animated Arts and Institute Director for Boundary Crossings at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Ben Carr - Brett Schulz Architect

As the Project Architect for The Tree Farm, Ben has spent the last 3 1/2 years collaborating with technical consultants, builders and artists to bring this unique building to life in the Central Eastside, his favorite corner of Portland. Ben went to school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University, with focused studies in adaptive reuse, fabrication, and urban agriculture, synthesized into a B. Arch thesis titled "Dwelling on the Roof: NYC Rooftops as a Context for Development". He is a licensed architect in the states of Oregon and New York and has been in professional practice since 2009.

Michael Paulus - Artist, Tree Farm Muralist

Michael Paulus grew up in the Seattle area and currently lives in Portland, OR. A self-taught painter after spending time in the fine art program at Cornish College, his artwork involves multiple mediums -photography, paint, sculpture, audio, and video.

Recently he has merged his art practice with design, working directly with clients as well as collaborating with designers and design firms. He has created work for private residences, restaurants, bars, hospitality, as well as corporate offices.

Michael’s design work involves creating immersive environments, murals or pattern design, working within the context of the space if site-specific. Design and production often retain a unique form of application via hand-painting and other historic and relatively archaic techniques in this day of common-place digital transfer.

Cassandra Scholte - Portland Bureau of Development Services

Cassandra Scholte is the Arts Concierge at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS). In this role, Cassandra assists artists and arts organizations access information needed to ensure all required development permits are obtained. While this is a new position with the city, she has worked for BDS for the past five years in various capacities.

Prior to moving to Oregon, Cassandra was a Program Administrator for the Texas Commission on the Arts. She managed the grant program including vetting potential applicants, coordinating the review process, dispersing the grant awards, and monitoring the final reporting. Cassandra was also the Media Arts specialist and oversaw the Young Master’s Program, a funding program for advanced art students in 8th to 11th grade to pursue specialized arts training.

Originally from Virginia, Cassandra received her degree in Art History from Mary Washington College. She continues to share her love of art history by writing art literacy lessons for her son’s middle school.

Mike Yun - Knot

Michael Yun is a Principal and Director of Anti-Disciplinary Design at Knot, a Portland based Experiential Design and Landscape Architecture firm. He is a professional landscape architect, landscape ecologist and mixed-media artist working to propagate interest, curiosity and wonder in the built and natural environments. His projects range from building custom ecological models to deploying interactive creative technologies in architectural space. He has completed recent works for a range of clients including; the US Forest Service, Stanford University and the Department of State.


Ann Hudner - Communication Strategist; Art & Design Management

Ann has over thirty-years’ experience specializing in strategic positioning, industry partnerships, public programming, and media relations to advance an organization’s reputation and influence, working with socially progressive businesses, educators, artists, designers, architects, developers, civic leaders and the media. Her consultancy also extends into art and design management, serving as a liaison between architects, developers and artists to commission and install artworks in properties nationally. For over a decade, she led the External Relations Department at Rhode Island School of Design where she established their first national media relations program, while also developing external partnerships to elevate the college’s influencer platform and global visibility. Hudner is the co-editor of Szenasy, Design Advocate: Writings and Talks by Metropolis magazine Editor in Chief | Publisher Susan S. Szenasy; and was a board member for Design Museum Foundation where she played an active role in their national expansion into Portland, OR. She currently serves on the board of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

This event has been canceled.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


The panel will be held at Tree Farm, a 6 story affordable office building, which was recently hand-painted by muralist, Michael Paulus (a panelist for this discussion) and which has 56 trees suspended on all 4 facades. There is an elevator, so every floor is accesible.


Shea Gilligan, Ben Carr

Shea Gilligan and Ben Carr are architects who are invested in the way that Portland is changing and growing. They both have designed numerous projects which incorporate art murals and are interested in innovation when it comes to the art mural + something else (i.e. trees, lights, interactive feature)