Over a career that spans more than 40 years, Michael Reed has helped shape a wide variety of public spaces, from airports to courthouses and from urban bike trails to homeless shelters. His humanist approach to design has touched them all—weaving story with place and people to create spaces that respect and improve the quality of life for those using them.
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)
Mayer/Reed applies sustainable design approaches in its revamp of signage for Portland’s TriMet transit system.
After almost two decades working with Portland’s TriMet transit system on signage for its bus and light-rail lines, Mayer/Reed has learned some important lessons about providing information to public transit users.