Connect with a Leader

– a joint venture with ForWARD and the Fellows Committee

An opportunity to meet with leaders in the architectural and related design industries. These intimate conversations are purposefully limited in size to allow for open dialogue regarding experiences, challenges and achievements. Open to students and seasoned professionals alike, these casual mentoring groups are intent on sparking connections and relationships contributing to long term career benefits.
Tickets cost $15-$18 (cost goes toward food & drink)

Next event:

The Connect with a Leader series continues November 2nd at Noon with lunch hosted by Joann Le at DAO Architecture


DAO Architecture
310 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 810
Portland OR 97204

Joann Dao Le is founder and co-owner of DAO Architecture LLC, a smaller multidisciplinary design practice based in Portland. Joann was Vietnam-born and immigrated at age nine to rural Wisconsin in 1972. As a teenager, she relocated again and lived in Iran for several years, before returning to the Midwest to complete high school. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Master’s at the University of California, Berkeley. After practicing for Polshek & Partners (now Ennead) in the Bay Area and TVA and Hacker in Portland, she founded DAO in 2004.

She has lived and worked within many cultural landscapes and thus brings a broad spatial and cultural perspective to her firm’s local and regional architectural solutions. DAO has built a local reputation for creating thoughtful and elegant design solutions for diverse clients on a broad spectrum of project types and scales. Much of her office’s work is for non-profit organizations with scarce funding in underserved districts. A unique and atypical segment of their projects also spans seemingly disparate disciplines, working along the seams of architecture and landscape, architecture and public art, and architecture and infrastructure. Ranging from the small scale of furniture design and objects to large scale urban design, their work strives to uncover the unique story of each project to create meaningful spaces and buildings that engage, activate, and enhance their communities.