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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.

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)

  • 6 pm
  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit in Design

    Malene Barnett, Founder, Malene B

    Sheila Bridges, Founder and Creative Director, Sheila Bridges Design

    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 Panel

    Annabelle Selldorf, Principal, Selldorf Architects

    Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects

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

  • 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

  • The Place of Art in Placemaking

    Steven Cornwell, CMO, Howard Hughes Corporation

    Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance

  • Paint The City

    Donald Kaufman, Founder, Donald Kaufman Color

    Danielle Arps, Founder, Dani Arps

    Moderated by Sophie Donelson, Design Expert and Author

  • Best of Kitchen & Bath

    Vasi Ypsilantis, Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates

    Summer Kath, EVP of Business Development, Cambria

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

    Gayana Sarkisova, Founder and Owner, LIVEIN

    Arshad Hisham, Founder & CEO, InGen Dynamics

    Marcela Sapone, CEO, Hello Alfred

    Moderated by James Ledbetter, Inc. Magazine

  • 1:30 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 “Bill” Horgan, Partner, Grimshaw Architects

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

  • Get to know New York City’s Islands

    Nicholas Garrison, Partner and Design Director, Liberty Island and Museum

    Dana Getman, Associate Principal, SHoP Architects

    Michael Samuelian, CEO, Governors Island Trust

  • What’s New in New Development

    Steve Witkoff, Founder, Witkoff Group

    Joe Palermo, Home Loan Consultant, Valley National Bank

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

    Gil Dezer, President, Dezer Development

    Moderated by Jennifer Gould, Columnist, NY Post

  • New York City Neighborhoods

    Grant Long, Senior Economist, StreetEasy

    Kate Wittels, Partner, HR&A Advisors

    Stephen Kliegerman, President of Property Development Marketing, Halstead

  • 2 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

  • 2:30 pm
  • Home is Where the Heart Is: Design’s Top Brass Take Us Behind The Curtains

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

    Sara Gilbane, Founder, Sara Gilbane Interiors

    Moderated by Parker Bowie Larson, Style Director, Elle Décor

  • Innovation and the Built Environment

    John Chu, Principal, ATYPE Architecture

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

    Richard Moreta Castillo, President, Richard’s Architecture+Design (RA+D)

    Ioannis Oikonomou, Founder, Oiio Studio

    David Benjamin, Founding Principal, The Living

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

  • The Co-Revolution

    David Fano, Chief Growth Officer, WeWork

    Brad Hargreaves, CEO, Common

    Alda Ly, Principal, Alda Ly Architecture and Design

    Rodrigo Niño, CEO, Assemblage

    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

    Moderated by Steve Cuozzo, New York Post