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UNITE: Reimagine the Urban Experience

October 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNITE: Reimagine the Urban Experience

How do we transform the urban environment on a local level to inspire the city of the future?


Impactful urban design comes from collaboration – not just locally, but internationally. The enhanced value we receive when we share our best ideas, learnings, and practices with like-minded leaders across the globe allows us to effect change on our local urban experience. This discussion will feature experts in sustainability, the built environment, and design who are playing integral roles in innovating Portland’s cityscape by leading or participating in initiatives that promote cross-city collaboration.

Join us on October 11th from 6-8pm for our UNITE panel discussion at The Joinery. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.


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Meet our panelists:
Suzy Alexander, VP of Sales & Marketing + Owner, ACME
As the VP of Sales & Marketing at ACME, a custom fabrication and event production studio in NE Portland, Suzy is responsible for directing and overseeing client-facing personnel. She became a partner in 2013, with a focus on enhancing the client experience. Prior to ACME, she spent 15 years within the retail industry and has brought a deep knowledge and understanding of customer service, merchandising, and operations. Suzy is a skilled leader with a passion to see others grow and succeed!

Christian Freissler, co-founder, Evolve Collaborative
Christian’s upbringing in the world of impeccable German design shaped his love for Porsche and his obsession with perfect detail. He holds numerous patents and has created a range of award winning designs throughout his career. Besides Evolve, Christian has a passion for giving his knowledge back to the next generation of creatives, lecturing at universities in Oregon and California. Christian co-founded Evolve Collaborative, a Portland-based insight, design and innovation agency that strives for better and partners with companies to solve complex problems through design.

Ruwan Jayaweera, Senior Associate and Mechanical Engineer, PAE
Ruwan is a senior associate and mechanical engineer at PAE with more than 20 years of experience in design and modeling of sustainable buildings. He has provided expertise for 19 LEED rated or registered projects, as well as several passive, resilient, and Net Zero Energy projects. Ruwan is also active in giving back to the community, as a mentor with the ACE Mentorship Program and MESA and as a member of the Green Schools Committee. A well-travelled fellow, Ruwan was born in Sri Lanka, earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2005. He has two children, is a backpacker and runner, and occasionally plays the violin.

Andy Macklin, Director of the Smart Cities Initiatives, PGE
As director of Smart Cities Initiatives for Portland General Electric, Andy Macklin is responsible for leading the implementation of PGE’s Smart Cities strategy and related initiatives. These include a broad spectrum of solutions including transportation electrification, energy storage, distributed energy resources, renewables integration and streetlights. Macklin joined Portland General Electric in February of 2018, having previously worked with PGE in a consulting capacity on initiatives such as smart grid strategies and IT and cybersecurity programs. He is engaged in the community as a board member at Junior Achievement and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Macklin resides in Portland with his wife, Sharon and two children.


Doors open at 6:00 pm, presentation begins at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.


This event is held in conjunction with Street Seats. Visit our exhibition website for the full list of programming and events related to this exhibition!


This event is part of Sustainable Building Week.


Cover image courtesy Design Museum Portland.


October 11, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Design Museum Portland
1-888-287-0167 x1


The Joinery
922 SW Yamhill St
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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