lunch & Learn + Feature talks



2019 architect as developer panel

Architect as Developer is an annual conference hosted by Harvard Real Estate Club and Harvard Graduate School of Design. By integrating the design and the development aspects of project delivery, the architect-as-developer business model allows the architect greater control in the project delivery process, resulting often in projects that are not only financially successful but beautifully designed as well.

2019’s event focused on the nexus of architecture, development, and social equity and will feature the following panelists:

  • AJ Pires, President of Alloy Development (New York)

  • Macy Leung, Principal at MSL & Company (San Francisco)

  • Jonathan Tate, Principal at OJT (New Orleans)

  • Robert Humble, Founding Partner of Hybrid (Seattle)

  • James Petty, Author, Architect, and Developer (moderator)

An Evening with ian schrager

October 17, 2018

Since the 70's, entrepreneur Ian Schrager, Founder and Chairman of Ian Schrager Company, has achieved international recognition for concepts that have revolutionized the entertainment, residential and hospitality industries. His passionate commitment to the modern lifestyle has been expressed through a series of pioneering concepts including Studio 54 and Palladium nightclubs, 50 Gramercy Park North, 40 Bond, 215 Chrystie Street and 160 Leroy residential developments and Morgans Hotel Group, EDITION Hotels and PUBLIC Hotels. Ian Schrager's ground-breaking concepts have changed the business and set industry standards that continue to be imitated throughout the world.
Following Ian’s lecture, there will be a fireside chat moderated by Naftali Holtz, Global Head of Lodging & Leisure in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is active in strategic advisory and financing transactions for companies in the lodging, hospitality, travel and leisure sectors. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Naftali was an Associate at Bear Stearns & Co. in the Healthcare investment banking group.  Prior to that, Naftali served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force. Naftali received an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.Sc in Computer Sciences and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

How to Actually Start a firm

October 10th, 2018

Event: Lunch & Learn: How to Actually Start Your Own Real Estate Firm - Lessons from the Field

Guest Speakers:

Atif Qadir – founder of Amanat Properties

Peter Brosens – co-founder of Stolar Capital

Nick Falker – partner at Cambridge Realty Partners

Fiona Shu Wang – Vice President at CMA Real Estate / Guochuang Hi-Tech Industrial Group


Lunch with Adam Kauffman

October 5th, 2018

Adam’s lecture focused on the advent and evolution of the real estate crowdfunding industry and how this new source of capital is changing the commercial real estate landscape. This discussion will also examine the different types of crowdfunding structures and strategies as well as the risks individual investors need to be aware of. This session serves to address common questions and misconceptions about real estate crowdfunding

Adam Kaufman is Co-founder and Managing Director of ArborCrowd, the only online platform that enables individuals to make equity investments in institutional-quality commercial real estate. In this role, he oversees ArborCrowd’s corporate growth strategies including business development, digital technology, deal procurement, and marketing and sales initiatives. 

Adam is an authority on commercial real estate and crowdfunding. He’s been named one of New York Real Estate Journal’s “Ones to Watch” and received Connect Media’s “Next Generation Award,” which seeks to highlight young, influential leaders who are innovating the real estate industry. He is also a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council. He has spoken on a number of industry panels and presented at prestigious institutions including Columbia University, New York University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Adam has been a frequent guest on The Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Business Radio discussing how crowdfunding is disrupting the commercial real estate space.

Adam’s business philosophies stem from his family’s long and successful track record in all aspects of commercial real estate. He has leveraged his knowledge of real estate with his earlier work experience at one of the country’s leading digital marketing and technology companies. Marrying technology and real estate, Adam established ArborCrowd to provide investors with an unprecedented opportunity to co-invest with leaders in the industry.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.