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May is Olympia Design Month

Olympians for People-Oriented Places (O-POP) invites ever member of our community to celebrate

Olympians for People-Oriented Places (O-POP) invites every member of our community to celebrate good design during the month of May.

We’ll explore how it enlivens our environment and makes Olympia a more people-oriented place.

Olympia Design Month events include::

Opening Reception & Film Screening
May 3, 6 pm reception, 7 pm screening | Capitol Theater
How do cities around the world create human-scale, resilient, and beautiful communities?
Join us as we kick off Olympia Design Month with our opening reception and a screening of Urbanized, a 90-minute documentary that looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders,
and thinkers.

How Buildings Happen: Walk through the complexities of development with the teams
who make buildings happen
May 8, 7 pm | First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall
What determines whether a development moves forward? What roles do banks, developers, and architects play? Deepen your understanding of the many factors that influence how buildings happen, and why they result in the structures we see around us.

Elements of Design
May 10, 7 pm | Browsers Bookshop
Join two Olympia-based designers in a conversation about the broad strokes and details that make viewing good architecture such an emotional experience. Gain a fresh perspective on familiar buildings, from mid-century to contemporary, as you engage with your neighbors in a creative and empowering learning environment.

Perspective: Learning to look at buildings
May 11, 1-3 pm | KMB Architects
Investigate beautiful design through a personal lens. What elements of architecture inspire you? What inspires others? After a brief overview, we’ll take you on a walking tour of downtown Olympia. Bring a camera and build your personal portfolio of Olympia’s downtown gems. This session is open to people of high school age and older. Visual Communications students at Olympia High School can earn course credits. Advance registration is required. Contact Jessicarae Nuñez at

Design for Living: Residential design and neighborhood texture
May 15, 7 pm | Temple Beth Hatfiloh Social Hall
Does your neighborhood make you want to walk, spend time outdoors, or connect with others? What design elements do you find most appealing? Planner Thera Black, architect Roussa Cassel, historic preservationist Michelle Sadlier, and green building expert Chris van
Daalen will discuss the sometimes subtle factors that influence our experience of place.

Envisioning Architecture: Four architects present the buildings that influence their work and vision for Olympia
May 17, 7 pm | Olympia Ballroom
Where do Olympia’s talented architects turn for inspiration, and what do they wish we would notice about our built environment? Join four architects for a virtual tour of their favorite buildings and hear where the field is heading. Reception prior to presentations.

Downtown Gallery of Architecture
Downtown Olympia throughout the month of May
Experience Olympia’s rich architectural heritage through original photographs and building descriptions on display in downtown storefronts. Learn who built what when, and why. And be sure to get your copy of the walking tour guidebook created especially for this event.

Affiliate Events
In addition to the Olympia Design Month Flagship events, Olympia’s locally owned bookstores, other downtown businesses, and the Timberland Regional Library are highlighting design and creating unique programming.

Want to participate? Please get in touch!
Northwest Green Home Tour | May 4th
Organized by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

Browsers Bookshop | 107 Capitol Way North | Month of May
Design-related books and displays.

Design for a Great Public Place | Date TBD | City of Olympia

Organized by the City of Olympia, this walking tour of Percival Landing will explore how
environmental restoration, important vistas, public art, accessibility for all, and waterfront
access come together in this nationally recognized local treasure.

Olympia Design Month will be a signature event for O-POP, planned and presented in collaboration with partners in the business community and local government. Through advocacy and educational events, O-POP’s mission is to promote land use that stimulates vibrant economies
and creates sustainable, walkable communities. Our vision is a compact and diverse Olympia designed around people-oriented places. To learn more, visit For more information email


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