• November 9-10, 2020
  • Javits Center, NY

Conferences & Program

2019's Theme: Matching user expectations

As part of the 2019 theme, ‘Matching User Expectations’, we are looking through two prisms: that of the user of the city (the citizen) and that of the user of the building (the occupier). Responding to individual user expectations is challenging. The first step is to understand the priorities of citizens and occupiers. Then, to identify the changes needed to improve services and to make them innovative, reactive, accessible and transparent.

Key questions are:

  • How do we align the short-term demands of users, and the fast-changing nature of technology, with the long-term strategies of the private and public sectors?
  • What does it mean to be user focused, to be customer centric? 
  • How can proptech help the public and private sectors have a better understanding of the needs of users?
  • How can we build a strong user-centric differentiator strategy, to develop unique products for different users?

2019's Confirmed Speakers

Vicki Been 

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Development
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Vicky Been, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Development, is a nationally recognized expert on land use, urban policy and affordable housing. Been worked as HPD Commissioner from 2014 to 2017, helping craft Housing New York, the Mayor’s plan to tackle the affordability crisis and create and preserve 200,000 affordable homes by 2024. During her tenure, she oversaw the financing of a record 62,500 affordable homes—enough for 170,000 New Yorkers. She restructured the City’s programs to reach a wider range of incomes and secure more affordable housing for every public dollar spent. 

Been has also served as Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Been graduated from Colorado State University and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Been has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and as an Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

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Anthony E. Malkin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Empire State Realty Trust
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Anthony E. Malkin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. He joined its predecessor entities in 1989. Mr. Malkin has been a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits through coordinating the team of Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, JLL, and Rocky Mountain Institute in a groundbreaking project at the Empire State Building (www.esbsustainability.com). Mr. Malkin led the development of standards for energy efficient office tenant installations which is now known as the Tenant Energy Optimization Program at the Urban Land Institute (https://tenantenergy.uli.org/). Mr. Malkin is a board member of the Real Estate Roundtable and Chair of its Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, a member of the Urban Land Institute, member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, member of the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council, member of the Building Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Mr. Malkin received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College.

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Lisa Picard

President and CEO
EQ Office
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Lisa Picard is President and Chief Executive Officer of EQ Office, where she leads vision and strategy for the company that is wholly owned by Blackstone. As CEO, Lisa drives the strategic direction for the organization, inspires her teams, partners and clients to move past legacy assumptions seeking new pathways for value creation. For success, she drives a community experience to maximize the human potential within the real estate, particularly in this age of rapid automation and technological change.


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Scott Rechler

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
RXR Realty LLC
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Scott Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR Realty LLC, a multi-billion dollar private real estate company which was formed subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates Realty Corp to SL Green in January 2007, one of the largest public Real Estate management buyouts in REIT history.

Mr. Rechler served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board during Reckson’s dynamic growth throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester and Connecticut.  Mr. Rechler was the architect of Reckson’s $300 million IPO in 1995 and $6.0 billion sale in 2007 generating over 700% total return to Reckson shareholders.

Since its formation in January 2007, Mr. Rechler has led RXR in becoming one of the largest owners, managers, and developers in New York City and the surrounding region.  The RXR platform manages 71 commercial real estate properties and investments with an aggregate gross asset value of approximately $20.5 billion, comprising approximately 31.4 million square feet of commercial operating properties and approximately 6,200 multi-family and for sale units in various stages of development in the New York Metropolitan area.

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