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ANNUAL PRINCIPALS' BREAKFAST: What's Next in the AEC Forecast? Presented by SMPS-NY and PWC


Firm principals, SMPS members, and AEC professionals, register today! SMPS New York will co-host our most popular client panel, our Annual Principals' Breakfast on March 13, 2018. We’ve partnered with Professional Women in Construction (PWC) to bring you the latest information on current statistics and future trends affecting the AEC market and opportunities predicted within each specific sector. Learn how to leverage your firm’s expertise toward the trends of the future—from repositioning existing building stock to accommodate new business types, to planning much-needed technology and communications infrastructure.

For this special annual program only, any AEC firm principal can attend for the discounted member rate. If you’re not a principal yet, come network with some, bring your boss along, invite a potential client, or simply share with contacts who are. They’ll experience firsthand the benefits of SMPS programs and leave with a new, different perspective on potential projects in and around New York City.

Don’t miss the pre-event networking and delicious breakfast buffet from 8:00–8:30!

AIA members can also attend at the member rate and earn AIA continuing education credit (1.5 LU). After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify trends in smart infrastructure and construction for the AEC industry.
  • Discuss upcoming development opportunities in Newark and Jersey City.
  • Identify strategic planning and adaptive reuse strategies for NYC’s existing structures.
  • Understand local government and community perspectives on upcoming AEC industry trends.


Given the importance of this, our biggest and most well-attended client program, our Chapter has decided to match the high caliber speakers with a high caliber event space. This year, we are adding a touch of sophistication by moving the program to the Grand Ballroom at the Yale Club!

Come experience this next-level event and participate in the discussion about what opportunities are on the horizon for your firm. We look forward to seeing you there!


We have an intriguing lineup of speakers, who will be discussing all the upcoming real estate & construction trends. We’ll be taking your questions at the event, so everyone will have the chance to have the program directed towards their particular interests.

Moderator and Keynote

Jessica Walker

President and CEO

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Local Government Perspective

Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker is president and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. She is a public policy expert who has advocated on behalf of New York City residents, neighborhoods and businesses for more than 15 years. In 2016 she was included on City & State's "Manhattan Power 50" list, which ranks the most powerful community leaders in the borough.


Neysa Pranger


Strategy Consulting Intersection

Smart Infrastructure Forecast

Neysa Pranger

Neysa Pranger is a management consultant specializing in commercial and public sector strategy and currently serves as Director of Strategy Consulting at Intersection where she works with clients to resolve complex business and policy issues. Before joining Intersection, Ms. Pranger served with IBM Global Business Services Public Sector Strategy & Innovation Practice where she specialized in assessing transportation network maturity for state and local clients, transforming service delivery models and working with the specialty practice in corporate site selection and economic development.

She began consulting after a decade in transportation and urban planning, working with government, private and philanthropic clients to achieve controversial or difficult-to-obtain public policy objectives including securing financing for major infrastructure projects and creating long-term economic opportunity for cities, states and regions in the U.S.


Jennifer Mazawey

Land Use and Construction Law Attorney

Genova Burns



NJ Development Forecast - Newark and Jersey City

Jennifer Mazawey

Ms. Mazawey represents developers in all aspects of their development projects, regularly appearing before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment. In addition, she assists clients with permit acquisition from agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation, and helps clients draft professional services and construction contracts. Ms. Mazawey represents clients in construction-related disputes, and provides counseling and training on all aspects of the development process.

Her background focuses on the practices of commercial real estate, land use, and construction law. She is the President of Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey (CREW-NJ) and a member of the national CREW Network. In addition, she serves as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Land Use Section, Environmental Section, Women in the Profession Section, and Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Climate Change Committee. Ms. Mazawey also serves as the Secretary for the Land Use Section Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and with the Women’s Leadership Committee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.


Ward Dennis


Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, LLC

NYC Existing Structures Forecast

Ward Dennis

Ward Dennis is a partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, a preservation consulting firm specializing in the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic properties in New York City. He specializes in federal tax credit and local landmarks review, including design consultation on new buildings in historic districts and additions to historic buildings.

Current and recent projects include: the restoration and rehabilitation of the Temple Court Building in lower Manhattan as The Beekman Hotel; the rehabilitation of two former ship-building facilities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; the restoration and rehabilitation of 36 old-law tenements at the A. Philip Randolph Houses in Harlem for public and affordable housing; and the Congress Street townhouses in Cobble Hill, a project combining the restoration of four Greek Revival row houses and the construction of five new row houses.

Ward has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and lectures at other local schools on historic preservation theory and practice, preservation tax credits, and on Brooklyn’s architecture, history, industry and waterfront.


Amy Plitt



Transportation Forecast

Amy Plitt

Amy Plitt is the editor of Curbed New York, where she covers all aspects of New York City's built environment-architecture, transportation, real estate, neighborhoods, and more. She has also written for publications like Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, and Condé Nast Traveler, and is the author of the guidebook Subway Adventure Guide: New York City.


Earn AIA/CES or CPSM Credit

Earn 1.5 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU) or 1.5 hours of CPSM Continuing Education Credit by attending. Be sure to sign in at the registration desk.


Maximize Your Exposure: Sponsor This Event

Download information on sponsoring this event here (.pdf). Contact Brian C. Ferry at to become a sponsor today.


Contact Christy Rose, SMPS-NY Director of Programs, at for questions about this event.

When & Where

  • 03/13/2018
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

  • The Yale Club - Grand Ballroom
  • 50 Vanderbilt Ave
  • New York, NY 10017
  • MAP

Registration & Pricing

  • $80.00   Early Bird SMPS-NY Member or Firm Principal (register by March 1)
  • $90.00   SMPS-NY Member or Firm Principal (register March 2 - March 9)
  • $115.00   Early Bird Non-Member (register by March 1)
  • $125.00   Non-Member (register March 2 - March 9)
  • register now!