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DSA Virtual Access: The Future of Cities
DSA Virtual Access: The Future of Cities
Prior to the pandemic, cities across the U.S. were concluding a record decade of growth as investors, consumers, employers and residents demonstrated a strong preference for walkability, vibrancy and proximity. During this period, downtown Seattle outperformed nearly every other urban core across North America.

Today, downtowns across the country are quiet, having been disproportionately impacted by the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus. How will cities reemerge? Will preferences for urban areas change following a vaccine? What is the future of the office? And how can cities rebuild better?

Join our next DSA Virtual Access event as experts in urban design, commercial real estate and multi-family development explore what’s next for cities and share insights from recent research.

Dec 10, 2020 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Kristin Jensen
Managing Director for Seattle and Vancouver, Gensler
Kristin joined Gensler in 2019. There, she’s responsible for all activities in the Seattle office, including business, staff and financial operations, marketing and business development, team growth and development, client satisfaction and community engagement. Rooted with a degree in architecture, Kristin has spent the last two decades in commercial real-estate development, overseeing projects for significant local developers.
Rob Nielse
Executive Vice President, JLL
At JLL, Rob specializes in reducing occupancy costs for companies with leased or owned offices. For the last 14 years, he has represented locally headquartered tenants in lease renewals, expansions and relocations, opening offices in eight different states. His clients include tech companies, financial services firms, nonprofits, law firms, insurance companies and healthcare organizations.
James Wong
Co-founder & CEO, Vibrant Cities
James co-founded Vibrant Cities, which develops multifamily and condominium properties in the urban centers of Seattle and Portland. As CEO, James is responsible for site evaluation, acquisition, development, funding and banking relations. During the last 18 years of active real-estate investing and property management, James has acquired, developed and managed more than $500 in million real-estate projects. He currently has 13 projects in development or construction, totaling 1,700 units.