NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Urban Lab to Host a Panel Presentation, “When Real Estate Meets Innovation”

The December 7th Event Will Feature Katie Bicknell, SVP, Forest City; Andrew Kimball, CEO, Industry City; Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; Brian Platt, Director of Innovation, Jersey City Office of Innovation; and Hiten Samtani, Editorial Director, The Real Deal


NEW YORK, November 29, 2017 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab will present a panel discussion titled, “When Real Estate Meets Innovation,” on Thursday, December 7. The panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities that arise when technology becomes a key player in a city’s economy.

In recent years, the arrival of high-tech startups and companies has transformed the fabric of our urban economies, creating numerous opportunities for real estate and economic development. Increasingly, developers have set their sights on building large-scale innovation districts like New York’s Hudson Yards or Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. While these initiatives have the ability to drive prosperity and economic growth, they also have the potential to compound our urban divides.

NYUSPS Clinical Assistant Professor Steven Pedigo, director of the NYUSPS Urban Lab, will deliver welcoming remarks. The panelists are:

  • Hiten Samtani, Editorial Director, The Real Deal [Moderator]
  • Katie Bicknell, Senior Vice President, Forest City
  • Andrew Kimball, Chief Executive Officer, Industry City
  • Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
  • Brian Platt, Director of Innovation, Jersey City Office of Innovation

The event will take place on Thursday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South.

The NYUSPS Urban Lab at the Schack Institute of Real Estate develops new understanding of the economic and real estate trends that are shaping our cities. For more information, please visit sps.nyu.edu/urbanlab.

For media inquiries, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. Fifty years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, Diploma, and Career Advancement courses each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty members, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation. For more information about the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, visit sps.nyu.edu/schack.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.