The Path to 2035: A Discussion on Keeping Portland’s Charm Amid Growth & Development

November 14, 2018
7:15am - 9:00am
The Benson Hotel – Cosmopolitan Ballroom
309 SW Broadway
Portland OR 97205


Portland continues to experience rapid population growth & increased development, as well as increased conversation around what that means for the future of our city. These conversations are not without controversy: from the preservation of beloved bridge views to the loss of an iconic food cart pod to the redevelopment of landmark sites, the face of Portland is changing to accommodate our growth. For those of us invested in all aspects of the built environment, what responsibility do we have to our past and how do we balance that history with the need for new construction?

Join SMPS for a lively panel discussion about how we as architects, developers, builders, and engineers can work together with the public and policy makers to help our city reach its full potential while still maintaining the heart & soul of what makes Portland, Portland.

Encouraged to attend are marketers, principals, and those interested in how the AEC community is honoring the history of Portland, as well as those who have faced dilemmas in design approval, zoning, 2035 plan, etc.


7:00 am–7:30 am: Registration Open

7:30 am–8:00 am: Welcome Announcements & Introductions

8:00 am–9:00 am: Discussion

9:00 am–9:20 am: Audience Q&A

9:20 am–9:30 am: Wrap up

Keynote Speakers
Iain MacKenzie, AIA
TVA Architects

Iain MacKenzie, AIA, is an Associate at TVA Architects, where he specializes in the design of multifamily housing. After studying architecture in his native Scotland at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde, Iain relocated to Portland in 2009. Observing a need for a platform to inform and provide open communication about the region’s architectural and design scene, Iain launched the website in 2014 as a way to bring objective information on Portland design and development to a broader public. The site receives an average of 80,000 page views a month and has thousands of followers on social media. He also is also actively involved in the regional design community and is on the board of Docomomo Oregon, a nonprofit that advocates for the preservation of modernist architecture.

Dave Otte, AIA
Holst Architecture

DaveOtte, AIA, pursues elegant solutions to clients’ programmatic needs, remaining dedicated to designs that are modern, appropriate, and sustainable. His experience over 20 years as an architect on a wide variety of building types has honed his ability to problem solve, communicate, and build consensus with project stakeholders to create places people love.

Dave is recognized for his dedication to making a positive social impact through design. In 2013, he was honored with a BetterBricks Award for outstanding career achievement of building professionals who implement low carbon, high-performance designs. Dave’s work at Holst includes notable projects including the Rockwood Boys and Girls Club, Bud Clark Commons, and the Asian Health and Service Center in Lents. Currently he is in the beginning stages of designing 3000 SE Powell, the first new affordable housing to be funded by the Portland Housing Bond.

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