Connect with a Leader

– a joint venture with ForWARD and the Fellows Committee

An opportunity to meet with leaders in the architectural and related design industries. These intimate conversations are purposefully limited in size to allow for open dialogue regarding experiences, challenges and achievements. These casual mentoring groups are intent on sparking connections and relationships contributing to long term career benefits.
Tickets cost $15-$18 (cost goes toward food & drink)

Next Event:

Our Connect with a Leader series continues with lunch hosted by Brenda Alexander and Han-Mei Chiang of Hoffman Construction.
Join us Friday, March 24th at noon.  

Brenda Alexander is a Vice President with Hoffman Construction Company, where she runs the company’s largest and most challenging healthcare projects. Currently she is managing a $300 million expansion on the OHSU South Waterfront campus that includes the Center for Health & Healing South, the Knight Cancer Institute, and The Rood Family Pavilion. Brenda is a guide and mentor for young professionals; her leadership and integrity have gained her respect from both colleagues and clients as well as from professionals in the trades whose work she oversees.

She received her B.S. in Construction Engineering and Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University. In her 22 years at Hoffman, Brenda has led multiple teams on projects for Legacy Health, OHSU, UW Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Bay Area Hospital, University of Washington, Oregon State University and Reed College.

Each year, Brenda teaches two construction engineering classes for Saturday Academy, a program that connects young people, including those from under-represented communities, with experts, educators, and mentors. She is also actively involved in the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation, a relationship that began while she served as project manager for construction of the new hospital.

Han-Mei is a Project Manager for Hoffman Construction. Prior to joining Hoffman Construction in 2006, Han-Mei worked as an architect for ZGF Architects. Her design experience includes sophisticated healthcare systems for a cancer treatment, as well as a LEED Platinum mixed-use tower. Han-Mei holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon. Her diverse construction experience includes Fab 42, a 1.3 million square foot fabrication facility for microprocessors; a complete replacement of baggage screening machines at Portland’s International Airport; Waterfront Pearl, an $80 million, two-tower condominium project; and most recently preconstruction work for a major expansion to Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Han-Mei is a LEED Accredited Professional, Licensed Architect, and serves as a board member of the Portland Chapter of the AIA.