Vitalizing the Urban Environment

Fri, Sep 14    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 – $425) here.

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

Featured Speakers and Panelists
Artie Minson, ‘97 MBA, President & CFO, WeWork . Bassim Halaby, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Benchmark Development
Brad Hargreaves, CEO, Common
Brian Garrison, ‘85 UP, President, Value Retail International
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
Jonah Sonnenborn, ‘05 BU, ’05 LW, Managing Director & Head of Real Estate, Access Industries
Joseph Sitt, President & CEO, Thor Equities
Kate Ascher, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering & Milstein Professor of Urban Development, Columbia University
Ken Himmel, President & CEO, Related Urban
Kevin Davis, Managing Director, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Jones Lang LaSalle Mark Keiser, Chief Development Officer, Starwood Hotel Group
Matt Livian, Managing Partner & CIO, Sydell Group
Melissa Burch, Executive General Manager, New York Development, Lend Lease Americas
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
Tom Lucid, ‘10 MSRED, Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Silverstein Properties
Warren Wachberger, Partner & Principal, AECOM Capital
Weston Walker, Design Principal, Studio Gang

Conference Committee
Rani Gharbie, '13 MSRED, Vice President of Development, North America, Virgin Hotels
Adam Feil, '06 MSRED, Director, Trinity Investments
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

Important Information
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 or call 212-854-0057.

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