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RICS Summits of the Americas 2019 - Los Angeles

The Summit Series Americas brings together thought leaders from across the region sharing their knowledge about current issues in the industry.

Twitter: #RICSAmericas

Wed 5 Jun 2019
08:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Center at Cathedral Plaza, 555 W Temple St, Los Angeles, 90012
8 hours formal CPD

This event is pending approval for Real Estate Appraisers CE hours in CA.‚Äč


Cities of the Future

What impact does a constantly changing economic and geo-political landscape have on the built environment? How can construction technologies truly impact an industry known for resistance to change? What can we learn from successful cities driving a sustainable and energy efficiency policy? How have shifting patterns of work and leisure impacted the viability of buildings as a revenue generating asset?

We invite you to join us to help shape the world we live in and be a part of these important discussions

Bringing together industry leaders to share their knowledge on relevant issues in the industry, this one-day Summit on the built environment covers panel discussions on:

  • Globalization and Built Environment
  • Proptech and the future of cities
  • Contech, standards and the power of productivity
  • Economic cycles - global and local
  • The impact of a changing workplace
  • Is the built environment sustainable?
  • A view of the future


  • Platinum sponsor:

    Cushman & Wakefield

Program Agenda

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

  • 9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. - Globalization and Built Environment

    With increasing political and economic pressures leading to a rise in nationalism and a push back in globalization, what is the impact on the built environment?  Can we expect the same global capital flow?  What is the impact of immigration policy? How does this impact the next generation of professionals?


    Peter Smith FRICS, RICS Governing Council and Chair of the Americas World Regional Board

    Philip Disbrey MRICS, Alliance Director, CBRE

    Marty Borko, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute

  • 9:50 a.m. - 10:45 am - Proptech and the future of cities

    Tech advances, the sharing economy, and a glut of data have forever changed how individuals, companies, and policy makers look at property.  This session explores how companies have successfully harnessed new technologies to drive efficiencies and how new technologies impact the built environment.


    Erin Coleman, City Planner, Department of City Planning, City of Los Angeles

    Francisco Contreras, Innovation Manager, City of West Hollywood

    HP Le, Business Development Manager, Verizon

    James Swanston, CEO, Voyage Control

  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

    Enjoy the Women Can Build photo showcase that tells the story of extraordinary women building infrastructure across the country and stop by the RICS Recruit career fair.

  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Contech, standards and the power of productivity

    In a sector that has traditionally been slow to adapt to change, construction technology is transforming the way in which we look at construction and development projects. This session looks at key players in this space, with a focus on how con-tech impacts productivity.


    Christopher Gray FRICS, Principal, Documentation and Realty Capture, GB Geotechnics USA Inc.

    Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Dean, Woodbury School of Architecture

    Mark Fergus FRICS, Regional Director, Cumming Corporation

    Mallary Q. White, AECO Strategic Implementation Manager, Microdesk

    Scott Johnson, Partner, Johnson Fain

  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Economic cycles - global and local

    Their impact on design, development and policy, including solutions for housing affordability, sustainability, transportation and city planning.


    David Senden, Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning

    Con Howe, Managing Director, Los Angeles Fund, CityView

    Jack Skelley, President, Writing & Marketing, JSPR Public Relations 

    Madeline Janis, Executive Director, Jobs to Move America 

    Nicole Mihalka, Managing Director, JLL

  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Valuation of the the Hollywood Sign


    Ann E. Gray FRICS, Principal, GRAY Real Estate Advisors

    M. Barden Prisant FRICS, President and Founder, International Art Advisors

    Special remarks:

    Davina Goodchild, CEO, Lionheart - the charity for RICS professionals

  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - The impact of a changing workplace

    The workplace is evolving in ways that couldn't have been imagined 15-20 years ago when the idea of open plan offices seemed revolutionary. Hoteling, telecommuting, and automation are impacting how the workforce interacts in their daily life. This session will explore the impact on investment, infrastructure needs, and how buildings are managed.


    Arnold Levin, Director, Strategy, Gensler

    Charlotte Lantz, Admin Design Guidelines Program Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

    Kate Lister, President, Global Workplace Analytics

    Maureen Ehrenberg, Global Head of Digital Faculty and Asset Management Services, WeWork

    Michelle Cleverdon, Vice President, Workplace Innovation Advisory I Corporate Solutions, Colliers International

  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Is the built environment sustainable?

    This panel explores how governments, investors, and real estate firms are managing the challenges faced by growing urban centers. Severe weather events, aging infrastructure, and limited resources are compounding the issues faced by increasingly dense urban areas. What does it mean to be a sustainable and resilient city and how can the built environment continue to lead in shaping our evolving world?


    Michael Woo, Dean, College of Environmental Design, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Paula J. Landis, Owner, Landis Consulting, Water Management Consulting

    Robyn Eason, Senior Sustainability Planner, City of West Hollywood

    Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation

  • 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Break

    Enjoy the Women Can Build photo showcase that tells the story of extraordinary women building infrastructure across the country and stop by the RICS Recruit career fair.

  • 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - A view of the future

    This exciting recap of the day's discussions will explore some of the challenges in the city's evolution including affordability and sustainability, and map out next steps in the city's evolution.


     Jan Perry, Executive Director, Infrastructure Funding Alliance

    Jeffrey Prang, Assessor, Los Angeles County

    Richard K. Green, Professor and Lusk Chair, University of Southern California

    Roger Vincent, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

    Samantha L. Millman, President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission

  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Reception

Los Angeles

Parking is convenient and easy located directly under the Conference Center with weekday space for several hundred cars. It is advised to arrive no later than 8:00 AM to guarantee a parking spot. The entrance to the underground parking is located off both Temple and Hill street. Click here for map and directions.

If parking is full at the Conference Center, a secondary parking lot is located at The Music Center at 135 N. Grand Avenue.


  • RICS Professional Rate $395
  • Non RICS Professional Rate $495
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