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?   Impactful urban design ... 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?


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.

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.

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.

Gabrielle Serriere, Project Manager, Luma Lighting Design

Gabrielle is a multidisciplinary designer with 13 years of experience working across architecture and lighting. Her five years in architecture in Paris, Lausanne, and London provide a unique foundation for her fascination with how light creates space, and how light can be woven into architecture. Her observations of human reactions to their environment guide her designs in creating specific experiences for the user. Gabrielle’s award-winning lighting spans commercial, residential, and cultural sectors. When she’s not snowboarding in Switzerland or sailing in Croatia, you can find her hiking and paddleboarding around the PNW.

$20 tickets in advance, $25 at the door. This is a cash-free event. 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