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Street Seats UNITE Panel Discussion: Reimagine the Urban Experience

October 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $20

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.

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.

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.

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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!


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October 11, 2018 6:00pm October 11, 2018 8:00pm $20


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