REAI MDes Real Estate Symposium: Occupier, Designer, and Investor Perspectives on the Workplace

Corporations face myriad questions about how to design an office environment that simultaneously meets the demands of today’s workers and their employers’ business needs. On April 25, the Real Estate Academic Initiative (REAI) will explore the creative opportunities for designing office spaces that are simultaneously functional and efficient, livable and financially practical.

This gathering at the Graduate School of Design’s Piper Auditorium will include the occupier, designer and investor perspectives to explore what office designs are both attractive to residents looking for highly efficient and functional space, and appealing for investors who need to anticipate the most profitable markets for new or refurbished buildings. The perspective of corporate leaders is critical for designers, architects and planners to balance the interests of a mobile, technology-enabled workforce with those employers who need to attract and retain top-notch talent.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion of the contemporary challenges and opportunities of designing and locating office space in the U.S. commercial real estate market. Our diverse group of panelists and moderators will provide crucial insights into the future of the modern workplace for workers, policy-makers, investors and innovative designers.


Moderator, Don Conover, Executive Vice President, State Street Bank (Retired)

 +Alexander Randall Partner Goodwin Procter

 +Kathryn Bell Partner & Global Head of Infrastructure Boston Consulting Group PANEL II: DESIGNERS

Moderator, Richard Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development, Harvard University Graduate School of Design            

 +Eric Howeler Assistant Professor of Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design Principal, Howeler + Yoon Architects LLP              

+Florian Idenburg Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design Founding Partner, SO-IL

+Bing Wang Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment Harvard University Graduate School of Design Founder, HyperBina Design Group          

+Scott Wyatt Managing Partner NBBJ      


Moderator, Ray Torto, Global Chairman of Research, CBRE

+Ambrish Baisiwala CEO Portman Holdings           

+John Hynes CEO & Managing Partner Boston Global Investors

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REGISTRATION:  To register, please visit The event is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.

Registration will close on April 15, 2014.

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