We are very proud to present the four honorees for this year’s
A Tribute to Design Gala
benefiting Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus
URBAN DESIGN: Ron Paul
As chief of staff to then-Commissioner Charlie Hales, Ron Paul brought together a group that began to develop The James Beard Public Market, a year-round, food-focused marketplace. Now in private practice as a consultant and self-described civic entrepreneur, Paul continues his more than a decade-long work to bring The James Beard Public Market to life. In 2011, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved the sale of the property at the west end of the Morrison Bridge. The market hopes to break ground in 2016.
We think Paul’s self-proclaimed bias for food systems and cultural planning to continue to advance and be the best they can be – he calls it “habitat for urbanity” – made him a standout for our Urban Design award.
ARCHITECTURE: Skylab Architecture
Since the firm’s founding in 1999, Jeff Kovel and his team at Skylab have been turning heads both here in Portland and beyond. From the Departure Restaurant & Lounge perched atop Macy’s to the new-urban rustic chic Doug Fir Lounge to HOMB prefab residential construction, Skylab’s work is both dazzling and intelligent.
Although the firm is not without a room full of awards, we felt it needed one more to note the extreme level of excellence Skylab continues to achieve.
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE + INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: Michael Czysz
Known as the “master of maximalism,” Michael Czysz founded Architropolis, a high-end architectural design firm in Portland responsible for award-winning designs for resorts, casinos, boutique hotels, and residences for the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Cindy Crawford. This was all prior to forming MotoCzysz, the Portland-based motorcycle design firm. MotoCzysz is widely considered the American leader in motorcycle design. Czysz, a competitive road racer and creative engineer, brings his innovation and unique skill set to every design challenge
Michael’s ability to create, problem-solve and invent across a vast array of design fields makes him our choice for this award.
FINE ARTS: Tad Savinar
Tad Savinar’s resume reads like someone who can’t keep a job: visual artist, urban planner, playwright, director. He’s been a busy man. Portland-born, Savinar has been active member of the state’s cultural community for the past 40 years. His work has been included in collections from The Museum of Modern Art to the The Portland Art Museum and more. He has been recognized for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award.
Savinar has said that language often functions best as image, where it can slip from spoken to seen, toying with the senses and complicating the everyday. His uncanny ability to float among various mediums, discerning art in every one, captures what we think of when we think of an artist.