UNITE: Reimagine the Urban Experience


October 11, 2018
10/11/18 6:00 pm - 10/11/18 8:00 pm


2018-10-1118:00:00 2018-10-1120:00:00 UNITE: Reimagine the Urban Experience How do we transform the urban environment on a local level to inspire the city of the future?   From both a ... 922 SW Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97205 Design Museum Portland info@designmuseumportland.org

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


From both a local and international perspective, our panelists will discuss the importance of cross-city collaboration, and the enhanced value we receive when we share our best ideas. Learn how we all can effect change on our urban experience. Moderated by Suzy Alexander of ACME, this discussion will feature experts in sustainability, the built community, and design who are playing integral roles in innovating Portland’s cityscape by collaborating with like-minded organizations both nationally and internationally. 

Join us on October 11th from 6-8pm for our UNITE panel discussion at The Joinery. Industry experts will discuss how we continue to improve both our local and global communities.

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!

About Street Seats

Street Seats is an international design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza in Downtown Portland, Oregon. Entrants participated by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Design teams recorded and submitted their process along with their final designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.

Street Seats provides an opportunity to improve the visibility and livability of an urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Individuals and groups from around the world design an iconic bench, or ‘street seat,’ for the World Trade Center Portland plaza. The area is a lively destination for residents and visitors alike, with access to Portland’s major financial, government, and business institutions, as well as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and a burgeoning tourism district.

We are proud to partner with the artGuideBook app for a self-guided family friendly tour. Simply download the app (through Apple or Google Play) and search Street Seats to see an interactive map of all the benches!

Become a member to attend this event for free • Membership starts at just $5/month