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City of Tomorrow

Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit

MARCH 15 & 16, 2019

A Production by 92Y and Hundred Stories



“City of Tomorrow” – now in its third year – unites key players and innovators from the worlds of architecture, real estate and interior design for an incomparable two-day symposium with a host of interactive workshops and panel discussions on timely and provocative topics.

Schedule and speakers subject to change. Keep checking this page for updates.

See highlights from the 2018 design summit.

A co-production with

Hundred Stories

Friday, March 15, 2019, 5-8 pm

Opening Night

  • 5 pm
  • Paving the Way for NYC 2040 and Beyond

    Marisa Lago, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director, New York City Department of City Planning

    Rachel Haot, Executive Director, Transit Innovation Partnership

    Sarah Carroll, Chair and Commissioner, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)

    Moderated by Alyssa Katz, Deputy Editor, The City

  • 6 pm
  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit in Design

    Malene Barnett, Founder, Malene B

    Tiana Webb Evans, Founder, ESP Group

    Jeanine Hays, Principal, AphroChic

    Bryan Mason, Principal, AphroChic

    Moderated by Wendy Goodman, Design Editor, New York magazine

  • 7 pm
  • Architecture Keynote: Designing for Resiliency and the Transcendent in a Mega Urban World

    Annabelle Selldorf, Principal, Selldorf Architects

    Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects

    Daniel Sundlin, Partner, Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)

    Chris Cooper, Partner, SOM

    Moderated by Carl Swanson, Editor at Large, New York magazine

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10 am-3:30 pm

Curate your day with one of the below panels from each time slot.

(The below panels are first come, first serve. Schedule is subject to change.)

  • 10 am
  • How Do You Build a Better City? Urban Planners, Architects & Innovators Debate

    Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director, Gehl Institute

    Paul Whalen, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

    Story Bellows, Partner, CityFi

    Luca Ballarini, Founder & Creative Director, Bellissimo and Curator of Torino Stratosferica

    Moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, NewCities

  • The Place of Art in Placemaking

    Steven Cornwell, CMO, Howard Hughes Corporation

    Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance

    Deborah Kass, Artist

    Tze Chun, Founder, Uprise Art

    Moderated by Chris Norris, New York Cultural Journalist and Author

  • Urban Food Halls & Green Markets

    Lionel Ohayon, Founder and CEO, ICRAVE

    Marcel Van Ooyen, President and CEO, GrowNYC

    Eldon Scott, President, Urbanspace

    Rohan Mehra, Co-founder and Principal, The Prusik Group

    Moderated by Konrad Putzier, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

  • Paint The City

    Donald Kaufman, Founder, Donald Kaufman Color

    Danielle Arps, Founder, Dani Arps

    Erick Espinoza, Creative Director, Anthony Baratta

    Lee Ann Thornton, Founder, Lee Ann Thornton Designs

    Moderated by Sophie Donelson, Design Expert and Author

  • Best of the Upper East Side

    Dana Haddad, CEO, New York Admissions

    Beth Fisher, Senior Managing Director, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

    Lilly Bunn, Founder, Lilly Bunn Interiors

    Suzie Aijala, President, Women’s Committee for the Central Park Conservancy, 2016-2018

    Moderated by Michael Gross, Author of 740 Park and House of Outrageous Fortune

  • 11 am
  • Restaurateurs meet Real Estate

    Thomas Keller, Chef and Restaurateur

    Missy Robbins, Chef and Restaurateur

    José Andrés, Chef and Owner, Think Food Group and Mercado Little Spain

    Moderated by Kerry Diamond, Co-Founder & Editorial Director, Cherry Bombe

  • Resiliency: Making NYC Safe

    Illya Azaroff, Founding Director, +LAB Architect PLLC

    Jainey Bavishi, NYC Office of Recovery and Resiliency Director

    Justin Schultz, Principal, HR&A Advisors

    Lauren Zullo, Director of Sustainability, Jonathan Rose Companies

    Moderated by Henry Grabar, Staff Writer, Slate

  • Designing for Wellness

    Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Delos

    Christine Vandover, Principal, HOK

    Clodagh, Founder, Clodagh Design

    Danei Cesario, Senior Associate, Array Architects

    Moderated by Anna Fixsen, AD Pro and Features Editor, Architectural Digest

  • Technology: Changing the Way We Procure, Purchase, and Live in Our Homes

    Alex Matjanec, CEO and Co-Founder, AD:60

    Gayana Sarkisova, Co-Founder and CEO, LIVEIN

    Arshad Hisham, Founder & CEO, InGen Dynamics

    Marcela Sapone, CEO, Hello Alfred

    Moderated by James Ledbetter, Inc. Magazine

  • Best of Kitchen & Bath

    Vasi Ypsilantis, Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates

    Summer Kath, EVP of Business Development, Cambria

    Berna Feuerstein, Luxury Director, Studium

    Stephen Kliegerman, President of Property Development Marketing, Halstead

    Moderated by Michael Boodro, Chairman, Editorial and Strategic Initiatives, Dering Hall

  • 12 pm
  • Ultra-Prime: Record Breaking Brokers Tal and Oren Alexander of Douglas Elliman on the World’s Ultra-High-End Real Estate Market

    Oren Alexander, Co-Founder, The Alexander Team, Douglas Elliman

    Tal Alexander, Co-Founder, The Alexander Team, Douglas Elliman

    Moderated by David Kaufman, Real Estate Writer, News Corp and New York Times

  • 1:30 pm
  • Innovation and the Built Environment

    John Chu, Principal, ATYPE Architecture

    John Cerone, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, ShoP Architects

    Eirini Tsachrelia, Oiio Studio

    David Benjamin, Founding Principal, The Living

    Moderated by William Menking, Editor in Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

  • What’s New in New Development

    Joe McMillan, Chairman and CEO, DDG

    Joe Palermo, Home Loan Consultant, Valley National Bank

    Christopher Schlank, Founder and Managing Partner, Savanna Real Estate Group

    Gil Dezer, President, Dezer Development

    Shlomi Reuveni, President & CEO, Reuveni Real Estate

    Moderated by Jennifer Gould Keil, Columnist, New York Post

  • New York City Neighborhoods

    Grant Long, Senior Economist, StreetEasy

    Kate Wittels, Partner, HR&A Advisors

    Ellie Johnson, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties

    Elizabeth Lusskin, President, Long Island City Partnership

    Moderated by Amy Plitt, Editor, Curbed

  • Get to know New York City’s Islands

    Nicholas Garrison, Partner and Design Director, FXCollaborative; Design Partner for the new Statue of Liberty Museum, Liberty Island

    Dana Getman, Associate Principal, SHoP Architects

    Michael Samuelian, President and CEO, The Trust for Governors Island

    Eugene Flotteron, Principal and the Director of Architecture, CetraRuddy

    Moderated by Budd Mishkin, Broadcast Journalist

  • Real Estate Mysteries Revealed

    Reba Miller, Senior Sales Executive & Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties

    Jean L. Chou, Principal, JLC & Associates

    Mario Ilie, Private Mortgage Banker, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

    Esther Muller, President, Academy for Coaching and Training

    Cristina Buccola, Founder, Cristina Buccola Counsel PLLC

    Moderated by Hana Alberts, Home and Real Estate Editor, New York Post

  • 2:30 pm
  • Nature is the New Muse: How Termites, Coral Reefs, and Humpback Whales Can Teach Us to Build Better

    Martin Bechthold, PhD, Kumagi Professor of Architectural Technology, Harvard University

    Stefano Boeri, Founding Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti

    William Horgan, Partner, Grimshaw Architects

    Jenny Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture, Cornell University

    Clare Miflin, Founder, Think Woven, AIA, LEED AP

    Moderated by Susan Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation, Metropolis Magazine

  • The Co-Revolution

    David Fano, Chief Growth Officer, WeWork

    Brad Hargreaves, CEO, Common

    Alda Ly, Principal, Alda Ly Architecture and Design

    Audra Tuskes, VP of Design, NeueHouse

    Moderated by Sam Lubell, Author and Editor

  • The Future of Retail

    Joanne Podell, Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield

    Amir Zwickel, Co-Founder and Chief Real Estate Officer, Showfields

    Mark Kostic, Vice President of Asset Management, Brookfield Properties

    Josh Yentob, Global Head of Special Projects and Partnerships, Appear Here

    Moderated by Steve Cuozzo, New York Post

  • Home is Where the Heart Is: Design’s Top Brass Take Us Behind The Curtains

    Carl D’Aquino, Principal Decorator, D’Aquino Monaco

    Samuel Amoia, Founder, Samuel Amoia Associates

    Fawn Galli, Principal, Fawn Galli Interiors

    Moderated by Parker Bowie Larson, Style Director, Elle Décor

  • 3:30 pm
  • What Our City Looks Like When Cannabis Legalization Takes Effect

    Benjamin Witte, Founder & CEO, Recess

    Catharine Dockery, Founding Partner, Vice Ventures

    Colleen Hughes, Director of Community Development and Education at CITIVA

    Moderated by Alexandra Sternlicht, Under 30 Assistant Editor, Forbes



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