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Dine & Design: A Toast to Brooks Gunsul

July 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Toast the impact of Oregon Architect and AFO co-founder Brooks Gunsul.

Brooks has touched the personal and professional lives of many renowned architects today, and AFO is pleased to celebrate his impact this summer. Chat with Brooks and friends at ZGF’s newly-renovated office and deck over tasty treats and cool beverages. Raise a glass in honor of Brooks’ leadership and vision!

“Brooks’ ability to compliment a good design concept with an innovative technical design interpretation down to the smallest detail was remarkable, and in no small measure was responsible for many of the design accolades ZGF was awarded. Many architects who were part of the ZGF family over the years, myself included, benefited from his knowledge and guidance.”
– Ron Gronowski, former ZGF Principal

About Brooks
When Brooks Gunsul learned of Norm Zimmer’s aspirations to transform Wolff and Zimmer into a modern architecture practice, he decided to spend a Saturday morning working with Zimmer and was sold. He joined the firm in 1959 and became a partner, along with Bob Frasca, in 1966. Soon renamed the Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, Gunsul took the helm of Technical Design, translating concepts and executing design detailing and documentation.

A graduate of Washington State University, he nurtured ZGF’s early relationship with Kaiser Permanente to design hospitals in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Hawaii, then Portland. His hand is seen in many of ZGF’s most foundational projects, including the Justice Center, KOIN Tower, Oregon Convention Center, and Banfield Light Rail stations. His portfolio also includes Portland International Airport Terminal Expansions, Bellevue Library, California Science Center, and the National Institutes of Health Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, to name a few. Gunsul began his transition of leadership to ZGF’s Technical Design in 1989, until he fully retired in 2000. He was a founding member of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and has supported the organization through philanthropic giving, including leaving a substantial gift to AFO’s endowment with a match challenge for others to do the same.

A Toast to Brooks Gunsul

Wednesday, July 24
ZGF Architects, Portland

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AFO Members – $75
Non-AFO Members – $85
Student & Emerging Professionals – $30

Our summer Dine & Design event series is a fundraiser benefitting AFO programming, including Architects in Schools and AFO scholarships. Learn more about Dine & Design.


Susan Myers


ZGF Architects
1223 SW Washington St #200
Portland, Oregon 97205
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The ZGF office is accessible. Wheelchair access is available through elevator.