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Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Bringing people, ideas, goods and services together are hallmarks of urban life. So how are places designed with that in mind adapting to the challenges—both immediate and prolonged—of the current pandemic?

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In this panel, we’ll discuss how designers, developers, and managers of mixed-use developments in cities across the United States are responding and the long-term implications for creating and maintaining healthy, welcoming, and inclusive urban places.

CAC Live: Exploring Urban Excellence: Sustaining Vibrant Urban Places in an Era of Social Distancing is sponsored by the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence in partnership with the Association of Architecture Organizations and the Chicago Architecture Center.

PROGRAM MODERATOR: ANNE-MARIE LUBENAU, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Anne-Marie Lubenau

Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA, is an architect, educator and advocate for excellence in urban design and planning. She focuses on expanding the role of architects in shaping cities by engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding about the built environment and its impact on our lives. Prior to joining the Bruner Foundation, Lubenau was CEO of the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, worked in architecture firms in Pittsburgh, and developed and taught classes on the urban environment. She regularly contributes to national forums and publications on design, and serves on the Association of Architecture Organizations' Board of Directors.

PROGRAM SPEAKER: KIMBERLY DRIGGINS, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy


Kimberly Driggins is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to preserving affordable and workforce housing across the Washington, DC metro area. Driggins has an extensive background in urban planning and real estate development. Prior to her appointment at WHC, Driggins served as Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department, where she was responsible for citywide planning initiatives regarding vacant land strategy, cultural and heritage planning, neighborhood retail and equitable development.

PROGRAM SPEAKER: TOM KASZNIA, Principal, Corporate, Commercial and Civic Global Practice Leader, Perkins and Will

Tom Kasznia

Tom Kasznia is a Principal and Global Practice Leader at Perkins and Will, where he is a firmwide resource for large-scale and complex corporate, commercial, and civic projects. His passion for interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together the best talent from around the firm, and design excellence make him a natural fit for his role as firmwide Practice Leader. He has fostered and nurtured many of the firm’s long term client partnerships with a range of services from Master Planning to full Vertical Development. Since joining the firm in 1991, Tom has built a reputation for always keeping the process engaging and fun. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and is heavily involved with organizations including The City of Hope and Step Up for Kids.

PROGRAM SPEAKER: THEODORE C. LANDSMARK, Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University

Theodore Landsmark

Theodore C. Landsmark is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Landsmark holds a Ph.D. in American and New England studies from Boston University, and professional degrees in law and environmental design from Yale University. During his 17-year tenure as President and CEO of the Boston Architectural College, Dr. Landsmark led its growth into an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary institution. He has also served as Academic Vice President of the American College of the Building Arts and as a faculty member and administrator at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and UMass Boston.

PROGRAM SPEAKER: FRANK MONTERISI, Chief Operating Officer, Related Midwest

Frank Monterisi

Frank Monterisi is chief operating officer of Related Midwest, where he leads the daily operations for a portfolio of mixed-use, market rate and affordable developments in Chicago. In addition to overseeing the completion of the firm's newest ultra-luxury residential tower, One Bennett Park, pipeline developments under Monterisi's purview include residential projects at 725 W. Randolph, 900 W. Randolph and 400 Lake Shore Dr.; mixed-income developments Lathrop and Roosevelt Square; and The 78, a 62-acre, mixed-use neighborhood along the south branch of the Chicago River.

PROGRAM SPEAKER: TODD RICHARDSON, President, Crosstown Concourse Redevelopment Cooperative and Co-founder, Crosstown Arts

Todd Richardson

Dr. Todd Richardson is the President of Crosstown Redevelopment Cooperative and co-founder of Crosstown Arts. Since 2010, he has led the transformation of the historic, 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a vertical urban village anchored in arts, education and healthcare. Now known as Crosstown Concourse, the $210 million project is fully leased and recently received the Rudy Bruner Gold Medal Award for Urban Excellence, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was a finalist for the 2019 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence.

AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU

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