Architecture & Engineering
Sep 20, 5:30 PM
The Source Hotel, Denver, CO

You attend meetings to network. At NAREIM, we honor the investment of your time by ensuring our networking, activities and content help you build personal relationships with peers, who are facing the same challenges and opportunities as you. 

The NAREIM Architecture & Engineering meeting is just the place to build genuine relationships and friendships.


As we work to develop our roundtable and group discussion content, we are committed to ensuring your time is well spent. We invite you to come join fellow architecture, engineering and construction leaders in September.

Registration fee: $795

The meeting times are below:

September 20, 2022 

  • 5.30pm-late: Networking dinner and group brainstorming activity

September 21, 2022

  • 8am-4pm: Meeting content, roundtables and peer discussions

  • 6pm-late: Networking dinner



tuesday, september 20

5.30pm "What's on your mind?"

  • Chair: Matthew Christy, AEW Capital Management

  • Co-Chair: Belinda Bail, BentallGreenOak

  • Co-Chair: Gary Cohn & Bob Geiger, Partner Engineering & Science

  • NAREIM: Sanyu Kyeyune, Head of Programming


Over dinner and drinks, NAREIM members will have an opportunity to ask their peers any question, such as:

  • Improving occupancy post-Covid: what strategies have the greatest impact?

  • How are you executing life cycle analysis?

  • Which decarbonization & data gathering strategies are working well? What isn’t working?

  • Building standards with the greatest impact on your organization & assets; SB-721: What are you doing to minimize destructive testing?



wednesday, september 21

8am Breakfast

8.50am NAREIM Architecture & Engineering Welcome Comments & DEI Committee Update

  • Speakers: Matthew Christy, AEW; NAREIM Architecture & Engineering Planning Committee Chair and Sanyu Kyeyune, Head of Programming, NAREIM

A recap of last year's Architecture & Engineering meeting in Austin, plus an update on the NAREIM DEI Committee initiatives underway and future plans.

9am Proven PropTech Solutions in Key Categories: what's working, and what's next?

  • Session leader: Katherine Ingersoll, Menlo Equities

What about the “T” in I.T.? How are your peers usingor not usingthe underlying technology, and with what results? Where is the best bang for your $? 

Small-group exercise: NAREIM members will work in groups of up to 6 people to identify the PropTech vendors that offer the best value to their firms, segmented by the type of solution provided—and where they need to make adjustments. Then, as a group, participants will work together to create a directory for ongoing use by NAREIM members.

9.30am Environmental Risk Mitigation

  • Speakers: Belinda Bail, BentallGreenOak, Nathan Brodeur, Goodwin Procter LLP and Jenalyn Groeschel, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company 


Case study: A review of one site acquisition and discussion of the local authorities involved, risk mitigation methods employed and liabilities incurred—and sidestepped—along the way. Issues to be raised include:  

  • What is your organization doing to address environmental legal risk?

  • What are your policies regarding phase 2 studies? What do you include and exclude?

  • After cleanup, what liabilities remain at the local level? How does this vary for water control boards? County or state environmental protection agencies?

  • What are you doing to mitigate PFOS/PFAS risk? Are you including this in due diligence? If so, and you identify these risks, what are your next steps?

  • Once identified, what steps are you taking to price environmental risks?

Small-group discussion: At roundtables in groups of no more than 6 people, NAREIM members and their peers will select one project and list the environmental risk mitigation strategies involved.  

10.45am: Break


11am Tracking Embodied Carbon: How to use the data as a decision-making tool


  • Introduction by: Anne Peck, TA Realty

  • Speakers: Andrew Coats, Barings Real Estate Advisors, Jennifer Taranto, Vice President of Sustainability, STO Building Group and A Representative of Thorton Tomasetti

Once you've gathered the data, what are the actions that drive results? In this interactive presentation followed by a whole-room conversation, NAREIM members will discuss how they apply insights gained from energy audits and embodied carbon tracking to the decision-making process within their organizations. 

12pm: Networking Lunch


1pm Architecture & Engineering in Action! A friendly competition 


Join your peers for a friendly competition. In groups of up to 6 people, each team will participate in a collaborative challenge, and learn something new about iterative processes and their applications in architecture & engineering.


1.30pm Hazard Preparedness & Post-Event Response 

Diving into a member case study, NAREIM peers ask one another what's working and not working this year, in terms of resiliency strategies.

  • Speaker: Joel Villamil, UBS Realty Investors

Case study: Members review 1-2 live projects and discuss how resiliency is being built in, how responses differ by asset type and geography, and which strategies are most likely to be adopted. Issues to be raised include:


  • How are you using seismic and other hazard risk data in investment decision-making?

  • How are you executing portfolio-level analysis of hazard preparedness and response?

  • Which tools are you using and how do you interpret the data? 

  • How are acquisitions, asset and portfolio managers utilizing that data on a day-to-day basis?

  • What lessons have you learned from implementing a resiliency program?

  • How does the process vary by property type? How do you collect data on triple net assets or assets where tenants control the data?​

Whole-room discussion: As a group, members share the approaches taken across different regions of the U.S., how seismic and other hazard risk analyses impact budgeting and capital plans, and how the process of analyzing risk differs by property type.

2.15pm: Break

2.30pm What's on Your Contract Review Checklist?

  • Speakers: Matthew Christy, AEW Capital Management and Michael Kairis, American Realty Advisors 

NAREIM members will discuss the most compelling initiatives underway within their organizations, including what actions they are taking to make assets more usable for all, how they are structuring programs, building teams, identifying new challenges, and developing solutions.​ Issues to be raised include:

  • Risk: What steps do you take to best mitigate budget and schedule risk, given escalating construction costs, material delivery delays and contractor GMP carveouts?

  • Adding Value – Do you shape the Scope, Materials, Schedule – how do you add value to GMP contract review? What is the most important thing to know during the review? 

3.30pm: End of meeting

6pm-late: Networking Dinner 

Location: TBA


Thursday, september 22

8am: Breakfast

9am: Departure

Reserve your room


NAREIM has reserved a limited number of rooms at:

The Source Hotel + Market Hall 

3330 Brighton Blvd.

Denver, CO 80216

Make your reservation online here OR

Call the hotel at: 720-409-1200

Rates: $229 per night, exclusive of taxes

Nights: September 20 and September 21, 2022

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2022 pLanning committee members

Chair: Matthew Christy, AEW Capital Management

Co-chair: Belinda Bail, BentallGreenOak

Co-chair: Gary Cohn & Bob Geiger, Partner Engineering & Science

Michael Kairis, American Realty Advisors

Andrew Coats, Barings Real Estate Advisors

Virginia Calkins, DivcoWest

Kelly Saito, The GreenCities Company

Chris Wilson, LaSalle Investment Management

Katherine Ingersoll, Menlo Equities

Levi Naas/Randy Norton/Riley Quinlan, MultiGreen Properties

Jenalyn Groeschel, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Anne Peck, TA Realty

Joel Villamil, UBS Realty Investors

ESG consultant directories

Compensation & benefits: pulse surveys

Property manager scorecards

NAREIM meetings are not just about peer-to-peer networking

They also deliver real intelligence you can act upon

Past agendas

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