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Vitalizing the Urban Environment

Fri, Sep 14, 2018    8am

Join us in New York City the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, for the Columbia University Real Estate Development Conference, where a forum of leaders in the NYC and global real estate development industry will discuss Vitalizing the Urban Environment: Eat, Drink, Sleep, Work, Play and explore how so many forms of urban development are now incorporating aspects of hospitality, as an exciting evolution of our city life!

Purchase tickets ($250 – $550) here.


Morning Keynote:
Joseph Sitt, President & CEO, Thor Equities

Lunch Keynote:
Richard Mack, ‘93 LW, Co-Founder, Mack Real Estate Group

Morning Keynote Introduction:
Patrice Derrington, Holliday Professor of Real Estate and Director, Real Estate Program, Columbia University GSAPP

Afternoon Keynote Introduction:
Rosemary Scanlon, Divisional Dean (Retired), NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate & Research Scholar, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University GSAPP


Scott Rechler, CEO & Chairman, RXR Realty

Michael Stoler, President & CEO, New York Real Estate TV, LLC


Trends in Urban Development: Mixed-Use, Hospitality-Anchored & Entertainment
Lodging: Positioning in a Competitive Landscape
Design for a Vital Urban Environment
Financing Hotels, Shared Living & Other Short-Stay Options
The Hottest Hospitality Transactions
Emerging Forms of Live/Work/Play


Artie Minson, '97 MBA, President & CFO, WeWork

Bassim Halaby, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Benchmark Development

Brad Hargreaves, CEO, Common

Chris Bledsoe, CEO, Ollie

Cia Buckley Marakovitz, ’93 MBA, CIO, Dune Real Estate Partners

David Kruth, Managing Partner, Brooklyn Queens Properties

Edward Adler, ’88 MBA

Eric Bass, Executive Vice President, GFI Development

Greg Rush, Partner & Managing Director, Cadre

James Andrus, Principal, The Andrus Group

Jeff Davis, International Director, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Jones Lang LaSalle

Jeff Dvorett, Executive Vice President, Midwood Investment & Development

Jonah Sonnenborn, ‘05 BU, ’05 LW, Managing Director & Head of Real Estate, Access Industries

Kate Ascher, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering & Milstein Professor of Urban Development, Columbia University

Kevin Steussi, Vice President, The Related Companies

Mark Keiser, Chief Development Officer, Starwood Hotel Group

Matthew Livian, Managing Partner & CIO, Sydell Group

Melissa Burch, Executive General Manager, New York Development, Lend Lease Americas

Mark Lanspa, Executive Vice President Hospitality, Wells Fargo

Mit Shah, Senior Managing Principal & CEO, Noble Investment Group

Peter Peterson, ‘04 MSRED, President & Managing Partner, Cultivate Hospitality

Richard Born, CEO, BD Hotels

Russell Shattan, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, MCR Development

Ryan Simonetti, Co-Founder, Convene

Serdar Bilgili, Chairman, Bilgili Holdings

Susan Fine, President, Oases Development

Timothy Haskins, Senior Managing Director, AECOM Capital


Rani Gharbie, '13 MSRED, Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, North America, Virgin Hotels

Adam Feil, '06 MSRED, Director, Trinity Investments

Todd Fieldston, Associate, Hospitality & Leisure Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

Joseph Dabbah, '17 MSRED, Partner, Panoramic Properties

David Lubin, '10 MSRED, Managing Partner, Clairmont Group

Tolly Krusen, '15 MSRED, Development & Investment Associate, CitizenM Hotels

Rick Kirkbride, Partner, Head of Real Estate,Paul Hastings LLP


For Sponsorship Level Information, click here.

To Donate and Support the Conference, click here.

Full Agenda and Speaker List will be available in the coming weeks.

The conference fee includes breakfast, the luncheon, cocktail reception and all conference materials.

Questions about the conference as well as information about sponsorship levels can be sent to, Rebecca Andersen Polimeda at raa2186@columbia.edu or call 212-854-0057.