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


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
  • Prop-tech and the future of cities
  • Con-tech, standards and the power of productivity
  • Investment Trends and their impact
  • The impact of a changing workplace
  • Is the built environment sustainable?
  • A view of the future

Program Agenda

  • 8:00 - 9:00 am

  • 9:00 - 9:10 am

  • 9:10 - 9:50 am - 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?


    Speakers to be announced.

  • 9:50 - 10:45 am - Prop-tech 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.


    Francisco Contreras, Innovation Manager with City of West Hollywood

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

    Additional speakers to be announced.

  • 10:45 - 11:15 am

  • 11:15 am - 12:30 pm - Con-tech, 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 with GB Geotechnics USA Inc.

    Ingalil Wahlroos-Ritter, Dean with School of Architecture with Woodbury University

    Mark Fergus, FRICS, Regional Director with Cumming Corporation

    Mallary Q. White, AECO Strategic Implementation Manager with Microdesk

    Scott Johnson, Partner with Johnson Fain

  • 11:15 am - 12:30 pm - Global investment trends and their local impact

    This panel explores some recent thinking around trends in global capital flow - looking at risks, socio-political considerations, and discussion of where we are in this economic cycle.


    Con Howe, Managing Director with Los Angeles Fund with CityView

    Additional speakers to be announced.

  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm - Valuation of the the Hollywood Sign


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

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

  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - 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, Strategy Director with Gensler

    Kate Lister, President with Global Workplace Analytics

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

    Additional speakers to be announced.

  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - 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?


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

    Rachel Moscovich, Associate with Integral Group

    Robyn Eason, Senior Sustainability Planner with City of West Hollywood

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

    Additional speakers to be announced.

  • 3:15 - 3:45 pm

  • 4:20 - 5:00 pm - 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 with Infrastructure Funding Alliance

    Jeffrey Prang, Assessor with Los Angeles County

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

    Roger Vincent, Staff Writer with Los Angeles Times

    Additional speakers to be announced.

  • 5:00 - 6:30 pm

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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