RICS Summit of the Americas brings construction, valuation, infrastructure leaders to Washington April 3-5

Lawrence Summers to headline event, also first “World Built Environment Forum” RICS’ Summit of the Americas, one of the premiere international real estate events, comes to Washington, D.C. for the first time from April 3-5, 2016. This fourth Americas Summit, called DC2016, is also the first-ever “World Built Environment Forum,” a major addition to RICS’ International Event Series. […]

By Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

March 17, 2016

Lawrence Summers to headline event, also first “World Built Environment Forum”

RICS’ Summit of the Americas, one of the premiere international real estate events, comes to Washington, D.C. for the first time from April 3-5, 2016. This fourth Americas Summit, called DC2016, is also the first-ever “World Built Environment Forum,” a major addition to RICS’ International Event Series. In this role, the event also will include an enhanced speakers program, multiple launches of major research and market insight pieces, and other special features. The conference takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and also offers several relevant tours.

Headlining this event will be Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, who served as the 71st U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Clinton, director of the White House National Economic Council under President Obama, and chief economist at the World Bank, and who is considered among the United States’ leading economists.

At DC2016, Summers will deliver a keynote speech on the economy (April 4, 9:00-9:50) in which he addresses the economic cycle and provides insights into what we can expect in the global market over the next three years. He also will moderate a CEO forum discussing the real estate boom-and-bust cycle, and how this impacts industry firms as well as the broader economy (April 4, 9:50-10:30).

“Taken together, the Summit and World Built Environment Forum will provide two and a half days of concentrated thought leadership and networking for industry leaders,” says Neil Shah, Americas managing director for RICS. “With international real estate and the built environment – and the world’s economy – becoming ever more complex and interdependent, DC2016 will present a timely chance to examine key opportunities, challenges and solutions across the entire sector. And we are honored that Lawrence Summers, with his vast economic experience and knowledge, will lend his considerable expertise.”

Here are some of the many other highlights of DC2016:

  •  Valuing the White House (April 5, 1:00-2:00) examines implications and challenges of valuing a property with this iconic building’s great historical and political significance.
  •  Martin Brühl, head of international investment, Union GmbH, and current RICS president, leads a discussion of international real estate risk and portfolio trends (April 5, 9:00-10:00).
  • Members of a working group studying the issue respond to the SEC challenge to the business valuation industry on what the SEC considers its fragmented approach (April 4, 11:00-12:30).
  • Public Sector Asset Management (April 4, 11:00-12:30) unveils results of global research on good practices, with the aim of helping public agencies manage assets more efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • A panel of industry CEOs scans the horizon to predict future trends, challenges and opportunities at Disruptive Advancement: Leaders of the New (April 5, 4:00-5:00).
  • Members of the next generation of real estate professionals share their view of the industry, its future and their impact at Millennials (April 5, 2:30-4:00).
  • A panel of tech company representatives showcases the latest trends in Big Data (such as Building Information Modeling) across the real estate life-cycle (April 4, 2:00-3:00).
  • Infrastructure Delivery: The State of the Industry (April 5, 10:00-11:00), moderated by Amanda Clack, head of infrastructure, Ernst & Young, considers how to improve project performance.
  • A panel moderated by Henry Green, president, National Institute of Building Sciences, considers using public-private partnerships to fund high-performance public buildings (April 5, 11:30-1:00).
  • A panel of leading participants from the 2016 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference offers a look at key takeaways from the meeting (April 4, 11:00-12:30).
  • Taking advantage of its unique location, DC2016 also features industry-oriented tours of:
    • two major local development projects, the Southwest Waterfront(also the focus of a panel April 5, 11:30-1:00) and CityCenterDC
    • the Air and Space Museum renovation
    • the Marriott Marquis Hotel (*confirming whether allow press)

All tours take place April 4 from 4:00-5:30, except Air and Space April 4 from 3:30-5:00.

For a breakdown of the sessions by sector, please see the attached spreadsheet, and please see the full agenda for the program order.

We hope you can to take advantage of the many great story opportunities that the Summit of the Americas/World Built Environment Forum provides. To receive a press pass, please send a request with your name, organization, e-mail and phone to acohen@rics.org. And if you can’t attend DC2016 in person but would like to write a story, please e-mail acohen@rics.org or call 202 602-1450.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

In the Americas, RICS brings value by harmonizing real estate, construction and valuation industries that are interdependent. The region’s membership of more than 3,400 individuals work throughout the property lifecycle from land management, through to planning, environmental impact assessment, and investment appraisal to managing the construction process and advising on the most efficient use of buildings.

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