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Event Feature – AFO’s Dine and Design Events

By Marisa Swenson, July 16, 2018

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Dine and Design events are back for the Summer and Fall.

The foundation, whose goal is to support “Oregon’s quality of life and creates awareness of our designed environment through education, engagement and inspiration” host unique fundraising meals throughout the summer. From June through September, guests can have a fantastic meal with drinks, prepared by some of Oregon’s hottest chefs and culinary craftspeople, in the fabulous confines of one architecturally significant place or another and in the presence of an architect involved in the project or one who can speak to it. Occasions range from cozy dinners to large cocktails soirees.

These  Dine & Design events raise money to support the programs of AFO, including their unique Architects in Schools program which directly interacts with nearly 5,000 elementary students per year around Oregon. The long-running Architects in Schools program seeks to instill in young Oregonians ideas of the creative power and possibilities of design with the objective of creating lifelong students and critical thinkers who are engaged with their community.

Begun by AFO since 2003, the Architects in Schools program is equal part arts programming, environmental understanding, awareness of cultural links to history, understanding ecological responsibilities, career awareness & communication skills – all through the architecture and design ideas, while simultaneously addressing Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards.

A few upcoming Dine & Design Events:


Fab Food & Drinks in the Forest

August 2 @ 6:30 pm


Brian and Melody Emerick welcome you to their beautiful home situated 750’ above the Willamette River. The first LEED-certified independent dwelling in Portland, it’s nestled in 300 protected acres of Terwilliger Parkway, preserved by the Olmsted Brothers ‘City Beautiful’ vision in the early 20th century. Dinner and cocktails will be prepared by chefs Kyle Webster Linden of Expatriate and Naomi Pomeroy of Beast.


For more info, visit the AFO website here.




Marisa Swenson – Licensed in OR & WA

Marisa Swenson

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

Marisa is a Portland native, born and raised in the heart of the Hollywood district, she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the Portland Metro area. Over the past decade, Marisa has sought out the best in local mid-century and contemporary modern architecture and design around the city. Her website Modern Homes Portland is a labor of love where she shares her enjoyment of all things modern including a curated list of modern homes for sale in the Portland area. In her past, Marisa worked with a company that provided home contractor services. She worked closely with contractors identifying, evaluating and correcting common maintenance issues in homes and commercial buildings. Pairing this experience with many years of client service and a love of homes made the transition to becoming a REALTOR® seamless. She is a member of the Architectural Heritage Center, Doccomomo's Oregon Chapter, Restore Oregon where she also sponsors their Mid-Century Modern tour each year.  Working with these organizations, she hopes to help preserve buildings from the modernist movement mid century and beyond, and to help spread awareness of their importance. She currently lives in the suburbs of Portland with her family and is working on restoring her Northwest Regional Style custom-built 1960's time capsule home that will be added to the historic registry in 2017.When she’s not working with clients or scouring the city for hidden architectural gems, Marisa likes to spend time with her family, play soccer, hike in the beautiful Pacific NW forests, visit new restaurants and coffee shops.
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