One-Day Program to Pitch and Develop Proposal in front of Acclaimed Judges



The Development Workshop is a one-day program in which students and young professionals will be placed in interdisciplinary teams and led by a coach to pitch a development proposal to a panel of judges. On March 24th, you will go on a site tour led by the real time developer on the project and respond to the brief with your own vision from planning, phasing, financial and marketing angles. The Workshop aims to simulate a development RFP response process that developers, architects, and consultants must go through to qualify for exciting, complex projects.

As a participant, you will:

  • Go behind the scenes and tour a real-life development project
  • Gain exposure on the pre-development and RFP process that developers, architects, and consultants must go through to qualify to exciting large-scale, public, or complex projects. The workshop will simulate a real-life developer RFP response process.
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network and work closely with students and young professionals working in real estate development and design. Each team will be led by a “coach,” who is a young professional currently working at development firm in the US.
  • The Workshop will be judged by industry leaders involved in the planning, design and development process for large-scale projects.

Looking forward to seeing you in March!

George Zhang (MARCH I / MLA | AP Candidate)



8:30 AM                            Registration and Breakfast @ Gund Hall

9 - 10:30 AM                    Site Tour

10:30 AM - 3 PM             Workshop @ Gund Hall

3 - 5 PM                             Presentation and Judge Deliberation



Richard Askin, Vice President, Planning & Design at W/S Development

Steven D. Fessler, Head of Enterprise Real Estate at Harvard University

Sonal Gandhi, Senior Policy Advisor at Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)

Mike Henehan, SVP, Managing Partner at Bozzuto Development

Alex Krieger FAIA, Professor in Practice of Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Principal at NBBJ

Atif Z. Qadir AIA, Partner at Amanat Properties

Guy Stutz, Vice President of Real Estate at Stop & Shop / Ahold Delhaize

Lauren F. Jezienicki, Vice President of Development at Bozzuto Development

Bing Wang, Associate Professor of Practice of Real Estate at Harvard Graduate School of Design



Peter Brosens, Stolar Captial

Sohael Chowfla, EDENS

Jon David AIA, Turner Construction Company

Samer Hanini, Hanini Group

Aaron Kazam AIA, Tishman Speyer

Gretchen M. Krueger, New York City Development Corporation

Chi Chi Lin, Mack Real Estate Group

Rose Liu, Colliers International

Julie Zelermyer Perlman, Bozzuto

Yung Vu, Natixis

Jerrod Delaine, Carthage Real Estate Advisors and New York University