Redesigning the Office

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Central Business Districts are essential to New York City life, with their towers defining the skyline, taxes funding vital city services, and populations supporting a street-level ecosystem of small businesses and transit infrastructure. Since the onset of COVID-19, they have remained mostly vacant, grinding these dependencies to a standstill. In an uncertain future with infection rates still on the rise, employers are perfecting ways of working remotely, and some have even decided to implement work-from-home permanently. Join MAS for a conversation on how we can adapt and design office space that is safe, healthy, and economically viable.

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Thursday, October 1
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Virtual Event


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Jill Lerner, FAIA
MAS Board of Directors; Chair of the MAS Planning Committee; Principal, KPF

Jill Lerner is Managing Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, where she leads award-winning projects in both the public and private sectors in New York City, across the United States and around the world. With a background of over 40 years of practice, Jill focuses, in particular, on complex infrastructure and institutional work, for which she is responsible for all aspects of project management and design. Jill graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning. She speaks frequently on issues of planning, resiliency, innovation, and women’s leadership. She is a registered architect in several states and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

D. Sam Chandan, PhD
Silverstein Chair and Academic Dean of the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate and the Institute for Cities in Emerging Markets at NYU Shanghai

D. Sam Chandan, PhD is the Silverstein Chair and Academic Dean of NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and the Institute for Cities in Emerging Markets at NYU Shanghai. He is founder of Chandan Economics, a provider of risk analytics to banks and bank regulators, a contributor to Forbes, and host of the Urban Lab and special editions of the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM. Dean Chandan has served on the faculties of the Wharton School and Dartmouth College. He was previously Global Chief Economist at Real Capital Analytics (RCA) and Chief Economist at Reis. Visit to learn more.

Rachel Gutter
President, International WELL Building Institute

Rachel Gutter is President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. Rachel also served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge and was Founding Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. A sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s contributions to sustainable building have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, FOX News, and CNN, as well as in industry publications including Fast Company and Metropolis.

Kent M. Swig
MAS Board of Directors; Owner and Co-Chairman, Terra Holdings

Kent M. Swig is an owner of several real estate operating companies as well as commercial and residential real estate properties throughout the United States. In addition to Terra Holdings, his companies include the following: Swig Equities, LLC; Brown Harris Stevens; Helmsley Spear, LLC; Falcon Pacific Construction / Builders LLC; and The Swig Company. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese History from Brown University, he attended Hastings College of Law, where he was selected for the Law Review.

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