Architecture & Engineering
Sep 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Online Meeting

NAREIM's Architecture and Engineering meeting will be complimentary and held virtually.

Meeting format: 

  • Open-mic Q&A with NAREIM members and keynote plus networking hour

  • Morning and afternoon virtual sessions focused on member case studies and expert analysis

    • All sessions will involve:

    • Whole room Q&A among members

    • Small group, breakout room discussion and shared white board collaboration

    • Best practice report back 

  • In-person regional roundtable connections with 8-10 people. Note social distancing and Covid-19 safety protocols must be followed at all times.


Our agenda for the Architecture and Engineering meeting is coming soon....

(here is the agenda from 2020)

Day 1: Tuesday, September 15


5:00pm ET: Keynote from Dr. Andrea Chegut, Director of MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab


Day 2: Wednesday, September 16

11:00am: Navigating COVID-19

As businesses return to the workplace and resume or expand operations, they face a variety of COVID-19-related challenges. We will hear from experts on the latest on the virus and how it will impact the architecture and engineering industry.


Welcome comments

  • NAREIM Leader: Jerry Speltz, Managing Director, Barings Real Estate

  • Stina Dakers, Head of programming, NAREIM

11:05am: Presentation -The latest on the virus

  • Learn the latest on COVID-19 including disinfecting protocols and emergency response planning.

    • Speaker: Christopher Kulman PhD, Project Toxicologist, CTEH​

12:00pm: Break

12:15pm: Presentation - Impact on engineering in the era of COVID

    • Speaker: Larry Schoen, Principal Engineer, Schoen Engineering

12:50pm: Afternoon break

2:00pm: Future of Office and Residential 

This is a time of profound change in how design supports office and residential in all varied forms. Building codes may dictate some changes, while the latter may affect more of the design and functionality of work and living spaces. Will health and wellness trends accelerate what was already occurring in the market?​​​


Welcome comments

  • NAREIM Leader: Chris Wilson, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management​​

2:05pm: Presentation -The Office of the Future

  • Long-term trend Changes; some of which the pandemic has accelerated

  • Vertical transportation

  • Flexible office concepts

  • Fresh air, amenities, light, outdoor space

  • Mobility, flexibility

  • Changes is usage metrics

  • New BOMA standards

  • Repurposing our existing building stock

  • New design of the future

  • How to think about Office five years from now?

    • Speaker: Duncan Lyons, Design Director, Gensler

    • Speaker: Ian Zapata, Design Director, Gensler

2:50pm: Networking break

Welcome back comments

  • NAREIM Leader: Jeff Fraulino, Executive Director, UBS Global Asset Management

3:00pm: Presentation - The Future of Residential​​​

  • ​Post-Covid: residential impact

  • The Apartment of the Future

  • The Future of Live, Work, Play

  • New trends in technology in Multifamily as the market evolves

  • Drone Interface

  • Wind power, sustainability

  • Changes in Transportation and the impact on Residential

  • Urban Mobility, Uber’s Mega Skyports

  • Changes in Parking Garages, what is next?

  • Sustainability

  • Affordability: how to deliver more efficient projects, higher density at lower cost

  • Innovation in Multi-family typologies: Estaks, StakHouse, Micro Units, Workforce Housing​

    • Speaker: Walter Hughes, Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President, Humphreys & Partners Architects

4:00pm: Peer networking

  • Welcome comments 

  • Format: Small group breakouts, randomly rotated after 20-minutes

  • BYOB: Bring your own beverage and join members to discuss Day Two’s focus on the future of residential and office post-covid.



Day 3: Thursday, Sept. 17

11:00am: From Healthy Buildings to Smart Business - Using Technology to Reduce Risk and Enhance Project Value 

Technology can be a useful tool for managing risk and improving occupant experience, but knowing which tools to use and how to implement them is still a big hurdle for many owners and design firms. We will explore emerging service and system solutions to help firms deliver healthy environments that restore confidence in shared spaces, reduce risks from future stressors and increase the ROI of assets.


Welcome comments

  • NAREIM Leader: Tony Calderone, Director, Engineering & Construction, Nuveen


11:10am: Included presentations:

1:00pm: Afternoon break

2:00pm: Technologies to Do Our Jobs Better

As the construction industry continues to evolve, more and more companies today are looking to maximize their usage of technology and get the most out of their software solutions.


Welcome back comments

  • NAREIM Leader: Brian Bennett, Director, Northwestern Mutual


2:05pm: Explore and view case studies from Built, a cloud-based construction management software.

  • Speaker: Jim Fraser, Director, CRE Strategy, Built
  • Speaker: Tyler Matheny, Solutions Engineer, Built


4:00pm: Peer networking

  • Welcome comments 

  • Format: Small group breakouts, randomly rotated after 20-minutes

  • BYOB: Bring your own beverage and join other members to discuss Day Three’s focus on technology within the built environment.

2021 pLanning committee members

  1. Anne Peck, AEW Capital Management

  2. Jerry Speltz, Barings Real Estate

  3. Belinda Bail, BentallGreenOak

  4. Steven Majich, BentallGreenOak

  5. Bob Klinger, Brennan Investment Group

  6. Jim Kennedy, JPMorgan

  7. Chris Wilson, LaSalle Investment Management

  8. Brian Bennett, Northwestern Mutual

  9. Matthew Christy, UBS Realty Investors

Past agendas

NAREIM meetings are open to NAREIM members only and their guests. For further information on attending meeting or other NAREIM discussions, please contact Stina Dakers, head of programming. Please note that any executive who is not a NAREIM member, guest of a member or working in the real estate investment management industry will not be admitted to NAREIM events. NAREIM reserves the right to decline any registration. By registering for NAREIM events, you are consenting to NAREIM’s privacy policy.

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