Cities within wities




After Hudson Yards, what’s next for massive mixed-use developments that are effectively “cities within cities”? This panel will examine future trends and the next wave of transformational projects that are currently being contemplated


Panel Director:

Roger Mroczek (Master in Design Studies, Real Estate and the Built Environment) 



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Arthur J. Mirante II joined Avison Young in 2012 as a Principal and Tri-State President, based in the firm’s New York City office. One of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the commercial real estate industry, Mirante serves as a member of Avison Young’s Executive Operating Committee. Prior to joining Avison Young, Mirante worked at Cushman & Wakefield for more than 40 years, where he most recently served as President of Global Client Development. Prior to that, he served as the firm’s CEO for 20 years. During Mirante’s tenure as CEO, Cushman & Wakefield's revenues increased from $100 million to $1 billion and the firm expanded from 60 U.S. offices to 173 offices, including 100 outside the country. Throughout his career, Mirante has participated in some of the New York market’s largest and most complex transactions, including the sale of the World Trade Center, the headquarters relocations of MasterCard International and The Guardian Life Insurance Company, the record $1.72 billion sale of 200 Park Avenue for Metropolitan Life in 2005, the record $1.8 billion acquisition of 666 Fifth Avenue in 2007, and the long term lease of 75 Rockefeller Plaza to RXR in 2013.


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Daniel Vasini

Based in Rotterdam, Daniel Vasini is Creative Director / Liaison for West 8 NY. Daniel wins and leads transformative projects that advance the rigorous aesthetic, philosophical, and operational standards of West 8 process and design the world over. Daniel manages and collaborates with top-tier multi-disciplinary teams to tackle complex design problems and planning challenges, and envision solutions that address the major urban design issues of our time. He is deeply committed to a project-tailored, wide-reaching, iterative process of design, and adept at its implementation. His conceptual work builds upon an interrogation of contemporary culture and urban identity, and incorporates architecture, public space, ecology, and engineering ‘best practices’ to produce forward-thinking, sustainable, noteworthy design solutions. Daniel’s specialty is in transformative urban waterfront projects, creating designs that address infrastructure needs, urbanization challenges, sustainability goals, natural conditions, and historic identity for master plans, urban design, and large-scale landscape architecture interventions.

Daniel also lectures and serves as visiting critic, panelist, and juror at universities and professional programs, conferences, and competitions around the world. Educated in the US as a Fulbright fellow, Daniel graduated cum laude from the SCI-Arc Metropolitan Research and Design program. He worked in Chicago and London before joining West 8 in 2008.

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Michael Samuelian

Michael Samuelian is the President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island, not-for-profit organization created by the City of New York and charged with the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing operations of 150 acres of Governors Island.

Prior to his appointment as President of the Trust, Michael was a Vice President with Related Companies, where his work focused on the design of large-scale public private development projects. He was responsible for the urban planning and design of Hudson Yards, a $25 billion master plan for 17 million square feet of mixed-use development on Manhattan’s West Side.




Phil Wharton

Phil Wharton serves as Executive Vice President for Multifamily Development at RXR Realty. Phil joined RXR in December 2014 and oversees the residential development activities at RXR. Prior to joining RXR, Phil had worked at Brookfield Property Group as Senior Vice President for Development. In this role, Mr. Wharton oversaw all strategic initiatives pertaining to Brookfield’s 10-million-square-foot U.S. development pipeline, including the Manhattan West project on Manhattan's West Side.

Prior to that, Phil worked at AvalonBay Communities, a $10 billion equity cap real estate investment trust specializing in luxury multifamily development projects across the United States. In a senior role at AvalonBay for eight years, Mr. Wharton sourced and executed multifamily projects in the boroughs of New York City and Westchester. Prior to joining AvalonBay, Mr. Wharton held senior roles at LCOR, Equitable and Lincoln Property Company, working extensively on major office and residential development projects.

Mr. Wharton holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Anthony Buono

As CBRE’s Executive Managing Director of Retail Advisory & Transaction Services in the Americas, Anthony Buono leads more than 500 professionals in providing Advisory & Transaction solutions to retailer and investors across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.  He also serves as Chairman of CBRE’s Global Retail Executive Committee, driving the implementation of CBRE’s global retail strategy across the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Europe-Middle East-Africa region.

Anthony has overseen the growth of CBRE’s Americas Retail practice into the industry’s retail-market leader, representing more than 1,300 retailer brands while managing and leasing more than 400 million sq. ft. of retail property on behalf of retailers and investors.  Under his leadership, CBRE arranged 11,375 sales and lease transactions in the Americas with a total value of $23.3 billion in 2016.

Anthony has been instrumental in authoring CBRE’s strategy to add Retail Science advisory solutions and deepen its transaction competency for world-class retailers and investors.  His vision has been successful, catapulting CBRE into a diverse group of business sectors, including predictive science, food and beverage, luxury, street and urban environments, regional malls, restructuring and disposition and international cross border advisory for emerging markets.  All of these businesses now are integrated within CBRE, and they deliver distinct solutions for clients that are differentiated in the market today.

Anthony helped add significant retail talent and expertise to CBRE’s ranks, including playing a key role in CBRE’s acquisitions of Philadelphia-based Fameco in 2013, Dallas-based UCR, Indianapolis-based Site Hawk Retail Real Estate and Chicago-based Forum Analytics in 2015 and Cleveland-based Sky Group in 2016.

Antony joined CBRE in 1995 and has held various positions within the company, most recently Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s Investment Properties Western Region, where he helped the company achieve 2005 investment sales activity of $48 billion in total consideration, a record at that time.  Prior to that role, he was a Managing Director for Retail Services’ Western Region.  Prior to joining CBRE, he held asset management positions for Zurich Kemper, Donahue Schriber and Trizec Hahn, where he directed institutional ownership strategies for industrial, office and retail assets.

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Ivy Greaner

Ivy Greaner is a real estate executive and investment leader with 25+ years of broad commercial, including multfamily and retail industry experience.

During the last two plus decades, Ivy lived and worked in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Florida where she led successful acquisitions, development projects, and operational excellence initiatives.

Ivy currently leads a team of 75+ people in a dual function as the Regional Vice President, acting as the regional chief operating officer as well as oversight of the commercial strategy and assets for the northern California division of FivePoint,  following a company merger with Lennar Urban.

As former Executive Vice President for Lennar Commercial, Ivy built a new Miami based subsidiary from the ground up and opened new offices across 4 states nationwide within 2 years.

Previously, Ivy was a Partner and served as Chief Operating Officer of Ram Realty Services where she grew the company reach across 8 states in the Southeast US. She is a natural deal maker and closer with a track record of managing 9M sq. ft. of AUM, $1B of acquisitions, $800M of financings, and $900M of dispositions over the past decade.

She attended Boston University and holds active Florida & North Carolina Broker Licenses. Ivy is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) , acted as the Government Relations Chair on behalf of the ICSC for the state of Florida,  and belongs to the National Economic Committee for ICSC. She also serves as a Board Member for the Florida State University Real Estate Advisory Board.