Mayer/Reed

Vancouver Community Library

Merit Award 2014
Vancouver Community Library

A “drawer full of knowledge” metaphorically describes the building design and wayfinding concept for the new Vancouver Community Library. A 200-foot long, four-story atrium is the open drawer, exposing the library’s contents and encouraging exploration.

Mayer/Reed (wayfinding), Miller Hull Partnership (architecture), AldrichPears Associates (interpretive installation)

Michael Reed

2001 Distinguished Member Award Honoree
2004-2009 SEGD Board Member
2005-2008 SEGD Board Education Chair
2016 Fellow Award

Michael Reed is the partner in charge of Mayer/Reed’s visual communications and product design group, which was established in 1977 to integrate visual communications into the built environment.

Michael Reed, Partner, Mayer/Reed, Portland, 2016 SEGD Fellow
Michael Reed Iron Gate in Portland Oregon.
Mayer/Reed
Portland, OR

Metal in EGD

The Power of Metal

More malleable than stone, stronger than glass, and nobler than synthetic materials, metal expresses quality and permanence. 

For thousands of years, blacksmiths have fabricated metal works of impressive scale and fluidity. Iron was first forged in the Middle East around 1900 BC and arrived in Europe by 1200 BC. In colonial America, the blacksmith was an essential member of every community. From the creation of ancient weaponry to utilitarian and decorative architectural features, metal work is both art and craft.

Glass Artistry

Glass Artistry

Both palette and canvas, glass is infinitely mutable and eloquently transmissive. The seduction is powerful.

It is impossible to separate glass from light. It simply does not exist without light behind, below, before, above, or through it. It is that intrinsic relationship that draws designers and artists to choose glass as their medium. And as technology continually refines manufacturing techniques and lighting options, the possibilities inherent in glass are virtually limitless.

Mike Hawks

Mike Hawks is a designer at Mayer/Reed, a multidisciplinary design studio providing landscape architecture, urban design, visual communications and product design. A lifelong student of psychology and sociology, Mike concerns himself with how people come to understand their environment, navigate through it and obtain a perception of safety and well-being.

Headshot of Mike Sauer, SEGD Portland Chapter Chair
Mayer/Reed
Portland

Eastbank Esplanade Urban Markers

Merit Award
Eastbank Esplanade Urban Markers, Portland Development Commission, Mayer/Reed

The Urban Marker project is part of the newly created Eastbank Esplanade, a 1.3-mile riverfront pedestrian and bicycle corridor funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland. The Urban Markers symbolically connect the Eastbank Esplanade to adjacent residential neighborhoods isolated from the river by construction of the interstate highway in the early 1960s.

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