OPB: Design, Planning And New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Jan 17, 2017

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Ted Wheeler took office this week as Portland’s new mayor.  We’ve been going over what Ted Wheeler said in January 2016 at the Candidates Forum for Arts and Culture about his arts agenda.


At the debate Wheeler talked about two priorities close to developers’ hearts for influencing the city’s architecture and design.

But how will he handle things now that he’s in office, juggling big plans for economic, policing, and housing issues?

We reviewed Wheeler’s bureau assignments for arts (Commissioner Nick Fish) and planning (new Commissioner Chloe Eudaly), and talked to three bright people in design, architecture and planning who recently met with Wheeler to discuss industry issues:


Jean-Pierre Veillet, founder of the design/build firm Siteworks, campus master plan chair for PNCA, and chief of NW Sustainable Properties.


Mike McCulloch, an urban designer and architect in Portland since 1981. He just finished the vision plan for Lake Oswego and was chair of the Portland Design Commission for a number of years, finishing in 2007.


Architect Tony Belluschi maintained a practice for 35 years in Chicago before moving back to his hometown of Portland four years ago. He does some consulting work now, and is involved in non-profit boards retained to architecture and design.

(This is a condensed version of our interview. For the full conversation, listen to the clip above.)

Link to OPB article: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/state-of-wonder/article/portland-design-city-planning-wheeler/