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The Circular Economy and AEC Presented by SMPS NY and Liebhaber Company

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Circular Economy and AEC: Designing Buildings with an Afterlife Presented by SMPS NY and Liebhaber Company


Join us for a cocktail reception and case study presentation at the beautiful Steelcase Showroom Penthouse, while earning 1.5 CPSM CES LUs and AIA LUs/HSW! 

30% of all waste in the world can be attributed to construction materials as buildings and their interiors are designed, built, and discarded. But a growing movement in the AEC industry is looking for ways to decouple its economic growth from resource depletion.

Innovative leaders are designing reversible buildings with demountable components that can be transformed into new structures. And, the very concept of a building itself is in flux as developers, architects, and engineers approach buildings a “material banks” whose parts can be shared, re-used and leased indefinitely, creating a radical rethink of our built asset value chain.

This emerging circular construction market is beginning to disrupt the traditional linear model making it possible for existing or future buildings to be treated simply as a material repositories, where all of the components, materials and products used are documented and “stored” for future recovery. Ultimately, this will keep structures in perpetual use and out of our waste stream.

You will learn more from leading circularity experts about unique strategies that can be implemented by architects, engineers, and contractors.

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Cocktail Reception

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Post-Program Cocktail Reception


Walk-ins will incur an additional $10 fee per ticket.



Have questions about the event? Please contact our Director of Programs, Christy Rose at Christy@liebhabercompany.com.

Event Speakers

Tom Kennedy, P.E.

Principal, Arup

Tom Kennedy is a Principal with Arup and has 25 years of experience in civil engineering and site development projects worldwide, working in countries around the world on projects like Songdo City, Korea, JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK, Hunter’s Point development and Hudson River Park in New York City and Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago. Tom leads circularity initiatives at Arup and is part of a multi-disciplinary team with 3XN/GXN, Google, Turner, NYC, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and GreenBiz Group on building a model for circular living.

Kate Daly

Executive Director, Center for Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners

Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center is a hub for business acceleration and investment in packaging, food, the built environment, and apparel & textiles. Kate previously served as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw the City’s industry-facing business development programs in sectors including advanced manufacturing, cleantech, the circular economy, fashion, and tech.

Prof. Matthias Altwicker, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Architect, 3XN-US

Matthias is a Senior Architect at 3XN in the New York office, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Design of the New York Institute of Technology. At 3XN he is leading the Circularity Lab project with ARUP, Google and Turner. At NYIT he coordinates the building technology course sequence and is part of the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure Initiative with NCARB that enables students to garner Architectural Experience Program credits and take all divisions of the Architectural Registration Exam while still in school.


September 27
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Steelcase Showroom Penthouse
4 Columbus Circle
Southwest corner of 58th Street & 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, NY 10019 United States
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Pre-Registered: SMPS-NY/AIA Member – $75

Non-Member – $125

Non-Member M/W/DBE Firm – $100

AIA / CPSM Credits

1.5 AIA LUs/HSW and CES LUs

Domains of Practice

  • Domain 1: Marketing Research
  • Domain 3: Client and Business Development

Who Should Attend

  • Business Developer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Partner/Principal
  • President/CEO
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Design Firms
  • Owners

Event Co-Host