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LEADERSHIP LUNCH: Shaping the Future & Leading from the Front - Trends Impacting the AEC Industry

Understanding the drivers that create change in our economy and the landscape of the built environment is pivotal to the success of our firms. We will talk to several industry experts who are part of shaping the future. They will elaborate on their perspectives on what is creating change and what future trends will impact sustainability in the New York City metropolitan area. Join us as we explore questions such as: How have they expanded their thinking in the midst of unanticipated disrupters? Are they adapting to change or driving it? What skills have they used to create forward thinking solutions and what can we do to improve our ability to engage in future-focused strategic thinking for our firms? Philosophies will concentrate on areas such as climate resilience, social impact, economic feasibility, wellness, circular tenants and ecological sustainability, and the new avenues of sustainability in the AEC industry. Principals, Senior Marketers, and Business Development Professionals will benefit from this program.


Rich Kassel

Executive Vice President

Capalino + Company

Rich joined Capalino+Company in March 2017 to direct their Energy, Environment and Sustainability practice group, which works with corporate and not-for-profit clients in New York, at the federal level, and in China. Prior to joining our firm, Rich spent more than two decades working on a wide range of air, energy, climate, land use, parks, and transportation policies and projects at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and directed the New York office of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, a leading environmental consulting firm.


Janna Wandzilak, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C


Delos Solutions

As a Director at Delos, Janna consults on projects for clients pursuing WELL Certification and helps to educate the industry about health and wellness in the built environment through workshops and other speaking engagements. Janna is also the Materials Specialist at Delos, assisting with product evaluation across departments with the goal of incorporating the healthiest and most sustainable products into building projects. She is a WELL AP, LEED AP and also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.


Rahul Parab, PE, CFM, D.WRE

NYC Resilience Group Director


Mr. Parab is one of the engineering profession’s leading advocates for the development of sustainable infrastructure to enhance community resilience. His leadership has been instrumental in realizing long-term resilience of communities throughout the New York Metropolitan region. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, engineers, scientists and economists to develop cost effective and sustainable solutions to make communities resilient in the future. He has been honored as a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineering, by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and was ranked as one of Engineering News-Record magazine's Top Young Professionals for 2017.


Kate Kelly

Sustainable Design Strategist


Kate is at the forefront of innovations in workplace environmental design as a sustainable design strategist at Gensler New York. She works with diverse teams to deliver design solutions fusing sustainability, wellness, and social responsibility. Most recently, she managed the Materials Petal effort on Etsy’s Living Building Challenge-certified headquarters, which became the first Certified LBC space in NYC, and is among the largest certified Material-Petal projects in the world. Kate received her degree in Civil Engineering, Building Science from University of Southern California, and lectures on sustainable design to undergraduate students at School of Visual Arts and New York School of Interior Design.


Ali Sutherland-Brown

Senior Consultant

Karp Strategies

Alexandra Sutherland-Brown (Ali) joined Karp Strategies as an urban planner with demonstrated expertise in holistic planning assessments and stakeholder engagement. At Karp Strategies, Ali has worked extensively to build connections among communities and project teams by creating innovative outreach and communications strategies. She currently serves as lead project manager for the firm's stakeholder engagement efforts with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on its 30-year Port Master Plan, and served in same role for the firm's recently concluded community engagement and visioning work with the Lowline.


Kate Daly

Executive Director

Center for the Circular Economy

Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy, hosted by Closed Loop Partners. Previously, Kate served as the Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where she launched programs to strengthen New York City’s anchor and emerging industries and create jobs. She managed a portfolio across sectors including smart cities, sustainability, and advanced manufacturing; established a public-private partnership between the City of New York and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to advance a circular economy agenda in New York City; and co-founded the “Circularity Lab,” a partnership between New York City, Arup and Google to promote circular materials in the building sector.


S. Bry Sarté

Founding Partner

Sherwood Design Engineers

Bry Sarté is an author, professional engineer, academic, and nonprofit founder. He founded Sherwood Design Engineers fourteen years ago, which now has several offices in the United States and has worked on hundreds of leading national and international engineering projects. His work significantly influences contemporary global urban transformation around issues of infrastructure, urban design, and ecological systems. He regularly serves as a lecturer at top universities and conferences around the world where he discusses applications of ecological engineering to planning, design, and construction.

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$60.00 SMPS or AIA Member Registration

$80.00 Non-Member Registration


Earn AIA/CES or CPSM Credit

Earn 2.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU) or 2.0 hours of CPSM Continuing Education Credit by attending. Be sure to sign in at the session.


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When & Where

  • 01/26/2018
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • iGuzzini
  • 60 Madison Avenue
  • New York, NY 10010
  • MAP

Registration & Pricing

  • $60.00   SMPS / AIA Member Registration
  • $80.00   Non-Member Registration
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