On Wednesday July 19 at 6:30 join the Harvard Alumni Architecture and Urban Society, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, and the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization, Inc at Architizer's offices for a panel discussion followed by a reception. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Due to space restraints there is limited availability. RSVP required. See Eventbrite link at bottom of this page.
The panel will address how developers, architects and planners can create a sense of place and help strengthen neighborhoods. We will discuss current industry trends in placemaking for market rate and luxury multi-family development. Vibrant neighborhoods are a key driver of a project’s financial value and an invaluable social asset to the community at large. Placemaking is broad reaching in scope and multifaceted in nature; however, when working on a specific project developers, architects, and planners must work within a limited pre-existing framework using the tools that are available to them. What resources do developers, architects and planners have at their disposal to catalyze place making through their project?
Given the importance of neighborhood to the desirability of housing, developers, architects and planners are often charged with evaluating the desirability of existing neighborhoods and the potential desirability of emergent neighborhoods. Is this or will this become a vibrant, attractive livable neighborhood? How can the project, either through new construction or the re-positioning of existing assets, capitalize on and help further develop a neighborhood?
1 Whitehall Street 10th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Marc Kushner, AIA Partner HWKN & CEO Architizer
Marc Kushner, AIA is an architect with just one agenda: he wants you to love architecture. As partner at Hollwich Kushner and co-founder and CEO of Architizer, Marc is a celebrated designer and pioneer in the digital media industry. Marc presents at events such as TED, PSFK, and GRID on topics surrounding architecture’s intersection with digital media. He has taught at Columbia University’s GSAPP and is a published author. His book ‘The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings’ published by TED Books and Simon & Schuster in 2015 is #1 in Architecture on Amazon.
Jonathan Marvel, Partner Marvel Architects
With offices in New York City and San Juan, PR, Jonathan Marvel is founding principal at Marvel Architects. For more 30 years he has led the design and planning of public spaces, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments. Jonathan teaches, writes, lectures and leads discussion on urban design and architecture in both academic and civic contexts. He sits on several boards, is teaching at the new Urban Placemaking and Management MA program at Pratt Institute, and recently founded Citizen Designer, a community-based think tank.
David Von Spreckelsen, Division President Toll Brothers, Inc
David Von Spreckelsen, a Division President with Toll Brothers, Inc., started the Toll Brothers City Living office in New York City in 2004. David oversees Toll’s acquisition and development activities in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Long Island. He is charged with everything from identifying and acquiring sites, managing the design and construction of the buildings and ultimately to marketing and selling the residences. David is currently overseeing nine Toll Brothers City Living projects in various stages of development in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to projects that have already been completed, this totals to more than 2,000 condominium units and $1.5 billion in total development cost since 2004. David is wrapping up a project at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park which is the borough’s premier condominium building and includes the first hotel developed in Toll Brothers’ 50-year history. Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Inc., David has served as the Director of Real Estate Development for Silvercup Studios, the Director of Corporate Real Estate for CBS Corporation, Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life, and Vice President for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. David holds an MBA from Columbia University; an MUP from Hunter College where he won the Robert C. Weinberg Award for Academic Excellence in Urban Planning; and a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Jared Della Valle CEO, Founder Alloy Development
Jared Della Valle has been a real estate professional and architect for more than 20 years and has managed the acquisition an predevelopment of more than 1 million sf in New York City along the Highline, In the Hudson Yards and in DUMBO, Brooklyn.Jared Della Valle is Board Chair of the Van Alen Institute, sits on the Board of the the Architecture League of New York, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has previously taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Washington University, Parsons School of Constructed Environments and Lehigh University. Jared has widely lectured at major universities and institutions and his work has been the subject of more than 50 articles andpublications including a monograph entitled “Think/Make” published by Princeton Architecture Press. He holds a B.A. from Lehigh University and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and Construction Management from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He is a LEED Certified, licensed Architect in New York State, holds an NCARB (National College of Architectural Registration Boards) Certificate and is a licensed real estate broker and a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects).
Roy Kim, Chief Creative Officer Douglas Elliman
Roy Kim is the Chief Creative Officer for Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, working at the intersection of design and marketing. He sets the design direction for a project at its inception and manages the design process. He helps to translate the building’s positioning into an effective marketing and sales campaign and ensures that his projects benefit from the latest innovations and inspirations from the realms of interior design, architecture and art.
Roy draws upon nearly two decades of expertise, working in new development from the ownership side (Extell), from the advisory side (Corcoran Sunshine, DE), and from the design side (as an architect). He spent 8 years at Extell as a Senior Vice President, where he design-directed most of their portfolio (residential, hospitality and commercial). His venture immediately prior to DEDM was with Compass, where he was the Head of New Development. Roy has worked on over $15 billion worth of luxury new development in Manhattan, including: One57, the Carlton House, the Aldyn, One Riverside Park, the Lucida, the Rushmore, 535 WEA, 995 Fifth Avenue, 1010 Park Avenue, 70 Charlton Street, the Kent, One Manhattan Square, the Nordstrom Tower, the Gem Tower, 152 Elizabeth Street, 100 East 53 St, 287 Park Avenue South, One Jackson Square, 75 Wall Street, New York by Gehry, 176 Perry Street, and Dellis Cay. Roy was a professor in the Masters of Real Estate program at Columbia University, and is the President of the Board for Open House New York. He holds an M.Arch and BSc from UBC.
Paul Kelterborn, Director of Design Innovation Time Equities
Paul works as Director of Design Innovation for Time Equities, Inc. He is responsible for elevating the quality of design, and making improvements to the user experience, across the company portfolio of retail, office, and residential properties. He previously worked as part of the creative team at Jamestown, and also at the Municipal Art Society of New York. He is a cofounder of the nonprofit organization that led the design and construction of the New York City AIDS Memorial which recently opened on Seventh Avenue across from the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital.