More than just a conference, ASCEND 2019 will provide an opportunity to convene frank and honest discussions about ways to drive real change for the future. Our audience will include 300 of the brightest names in building – from proven change makers to decision makers to those who aspire to innovate and want the tools and best practices to make it happen.

 
 
  • What are the technologies with the ability to transform the way we build?

  • How can we ensure more resilient and sustainable buildings?

  • How can we facilitate better project tracking and stakeholder communication?

2LU (HSW)

AIA

8:00 AM

DOORS OPEN

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Breakfast Sponsor:

Syska Hennessy Group

8:30 AM

KEYNOTE

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

Rohit Aggarwala

Head of Urban Systems, Sidewalk Labs

10:00 AM

CASE STUDY

BEYOND MODULAR

The blurred line between construction and manufacturing extends today beyond modular building technologies to 3D printing, robotics, smart building technologies, and more.

Moderator:

Jennifer Downey

National Innovation and VDC Manager, Turner Construction Company

Panelists:

Nikita Chen-iun-tai

Founder, Apis Cor

Roger Krulak

CEO, Full Stack Modular

 

Diana Marina Cooper

Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy, PrecisionHawk

10:45 AM

PANEL RESPONSE

THE SMARTER BUILDING

A look at the modern building of the future – from sensors and new technology that are being tested to how WeWork and how companies like WeWork are changing the way users occupy and operate office space.

Moderated by:

KP Reddy

Founder, Shadow Ventures

Panelists:

John Gilbert

COO/EVP, Rudin Management Company

Nigel Marcussen

VP, Global Head of Building Automation, WeWork

Pat Sapinsley

Managing Director Cleantech Initiatives
ACRE/ Urban Future Lab/ Powerbridge
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Thank you to all who attended our inaugural event! While the ASCEND 2019 Innovation Conference is over ASCEND still has more to come. The New York Building Congress is publishing an ASCEND TO ACTION report that will focus on key recommendations for improving building industry. Your feedback and comments will be kept confidential and are greatly appreciated. CLICK HERE!

  • What are the technologies with the ability to transform the way we build?

  • How can we ensure more resilient and sustainable buildings?

  • How can we facilitate better project tracking and stakeholder communication?

  • How can we create an ecosystem of innovation in an industry slow to change?

  • How can we develop and diversify the workforce of the future?

1 LU

AIA

AIA

11:00 AM

11:15 AM

KEYNOTE

INNOVATING FOR CHANGE

Featuring:

Phillip G. Bernstein, FAIA RIBA LEED AP

Associate Dean & Senior Lecturer, Yale University

11:45 AM

11:45 AM

PANEL RESPONSE

CHANGE IN THE C-SUITE

What are the drivers and levers that will help move decision makers to implement change in the building industry? What are the best practices around innovation that should be explored to help the industry progress?

Moderator:

Denise Turner Roth

Chief Development Officer, U.S., WSP USA

Panelists

MaryAnne Gilmartin

CEO L&L MAG

Henry Kuykendall

Senior Vice President – Airport Operations, Northeast, Delta Air Lines

Jill N. Lerner, FAIA

Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. 

Hen Lotan

Principal, BCG; Ambassador at the BCG Henderson Institute

12:15 PM

12:15 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

Lunch Sponsor: Thornton Tomasetti

  • How can we update the building code to remove roadblocks to innovation?

  • How can we facilitate better knowledge sharing between the public and private sectors?

  • How can we facilitate a more tech-enabled procurement process?

2 LU

AIA

KEYNOTE

OVERCOMING HURDLES TO BUILDING

1:00 PM

Featuring:

Vishaan Chakrabarti

FAIA, Founder PAU

PANEL RESPONSE

DATA DUMP

1:45 PM

All this access to data, but how are we using it to facilitate knowledge sharing and make building more efficient?​

Moderator:

Jit Kee Chin

Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Suffolk

Panelists:

Chris Foreman

Founder & CEO, Marketplace.City

Archana Jayaram

Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Planning and Policy, New York City Department of Buildings

Zach Scheel, P.E.

CEO, Rhumbix

CASE STUDY

HUDSON YARDS

2:30 PM

Panelist:

Robert Scymanski, AIA, LEED AP

Director

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C.

Michael J. Squarzini, P.E., LEED AP

Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Ryan T. Stecher, PE, LEED AP

Associate Partner, Jaros Baum & Bolles

CLOSING REMARKS

3:00 PM

William Floyd

Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Google

Michelle Kaufmann

Architect-in-Residence, Google

 
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For more information you can email us at

events@buildingcongress.com or call 212-481-9099

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