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The Buildings Conference 2022


5.17.2022 - 5.19.2022


Convene 333 N Green St. Chicago, IL 60607

2022 Buildings Conference 


We want more out of our Buildings than ever: cost, speed to market, sustainability, agility, user experience, wellness, and more. Effective leverage of emerging technology and innovation in the planning process, selection of buildings materials and systems, and the operation and maintenance of buildings is critical to our ability to achieve these combined goals. The Buildings Conference is the place where the industry’s leading professionals come together to discuss exactly how.


Pre-Conference Events: May 17th, 2022

The following pre-conference events will take place on May 17th and are available to conference attendees and Builtworlds members:


  • BuiltWorlds Demo Day
    • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm CST
    • Location: BuiltWorlds HQ – 515 N. State St. Chicago, IL – 2nd Floor (will also be livestreamed)
    • Details: Members of the Venture Forum and E&C Forums are welcome to attend this event.
      • Demo Day Presenters:
        • Sheila Matuscak – CoeoSpace
        • Josh Engelbrecht – ToolBelt
        • Curtis Wong – Cloud Apartments
        • Hamid Hajian – Zebel
        • Gene Eidelman – Azure Printed Homes
        • Bruce Kraslesky – Xhab3d
        • Brian Ahmes – Paraffin


  • BuiltWorlds E&C Technology Adoption Leaders Forum
    • Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm 
    • Location: ARCO/Murray – 113 N May St, Chicago, IL 60607 
      Also Streaming On-line
    • Registration: Attend On-Line | Attend In-Person

      Access to this forum is limited to leaders of technology initiatives at Engineering, Specialty Trade and General Contractor companies. This private forum meets monthly to improve construction project delivery inefficiencies through the adoption of emerging technologies while sharing operational best practices while leveraging primary research and analytics from Builtworlds. Email info@builtworlds.com for more information and ways to join!


  • BuiltWorlds Business Venture Forum Meeting
    • Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm (In-Person)
    • Host: Thornton Tomasetti
    • BVF Reception: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Tour of Chicago Architectural Center 111 E. Wacker, Chicago, IL
    • 7:00pm – 9:00pm Reception concludes at Londonhouse Chicago 85 E. Wacker, Chicago, IL


Post-Conference Event: May 19th


  • Networking Reception in Sloan Showroom
    • Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Location: Sloan Showroom – 333 N. Green St. Chicago 60607
    • About the Event: Guests of the Buildings Conference are welcome to attend our post-event networking session located in the same building as the conference in the Sloan Showroom to hear an overview of how Sloan has been working towards reducing water waste and increasing sustainability. Drinks & appetizers will be included. Representatives from Gensler will be on site to give tours of 333 N. Green St. Chicago, IL. 


Christopher Hoyes

Principal, Roland Berger

AJ Patton

Founder and CEO, 548 Development

Kathleen Egan

CEO, Ecomedes

Britton Langdon


Neil Ross


Ger Shortt

CEO, AquaTrace

Cleve Adams

CEO, Aquicore

Matthew Gray

Co-Chair, Graycor, Executive Chairman, BuiltWorlds

Chris Di Iorio

CEO, ENGworks

Paige Pitcher

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Moderne Ventures

John Niles

Technology Consultant, Gafcon Digital

Eric Whobrey

VP of Innovation , ARCO/Murray

Josh Lowe

Co-Founder, AkitaBox

Zak Schwarzman

General Partner, MetaProp

Jim Dunn

President, Stack Modular

Heather Widman

Partner, Building Ventures

Susan Heinking

Senior Vice President, Pepper Construction

Tim Swanson

Founder and CEO, Inherent L3C

Charles Portelli

Vice President Application Developer, Thornton Tomasetti

Joseph Burns

Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Ryan Spies

VP of Sustainability, Clayco

Cara Kennedy

Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Jones Lang-LaSalle (JLL)

Patricia Reiter

Principal, Reiter Studios

Michael Scott Jr.

Alderman 24th Ward, City of Chicago

Curtis Wong

CEO, Cloud Apartments

Jared Golden

Co-CEO, Leap

Christopher Sharples

Founding Principal, SHoP Architects

Ian Spula

Content Manager, Chicago Architecture Center

David Hettinger

Founder + Principal, Entropy

Andrew Petty

Firm BIM Leader, CannonDesign

Michael Palmer

Head of Strategy and Real Estate, Volumetric Building Company (VBC)

Kirsten Hull

VP, Portfolio Management, EQ Office

Lori Mukoyama

Principal and Design Director, Gensler

Alexey Dubov

Founder, BuildTech

Dwight Stewart

Founder & CEO, Igor

Benjy Ward

Principal and Design Director, Gensler

Sheila Matuscak

CEO & Founder, Coeo Space

Alaina Harkness

Executive Director, Current Water

Jeff Ouyang

Director of Innovation, UFP Industries

Sasha Zeljic

Principal and Studio Director, Gensler

Hamid Hajian

CEO, Zebel

Jason Blumberg

Managing Director, Energy Foundry

Sheeba Ramaji

Director of Innovation Research, MiTek

Andrew Phipps

Global Head of ESG Insight and Global Futurist, Cushman & Wakefield

Doug Houseman

Principal , Burns & McDonnell

Bruce Kraselsky

Chairman and CEO, X-Hab 3D Inc.

Brian Ahmes

Co-Founder and COO, Parafin

Natalie Goodman

Founder, IncentiFind

Thru Shivakumar

CEO & Co-Founder, Cohesion

Josh Engelbrecht

CEO, ToolBelt

Don Biernacki

EVP, Construction, Related Midwest

Gene Eidelman

Cofounder, Azure Printed Homes

Andrew Staniforth

CEO, Assembly OSM

Mani Golparvar

Co-Founder and CTO, Reconstruct

Parthiv Amin

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Sloan Valve Company

Gary Michon

General Manager, EQ Office

Jackie Arcy

Director of Design, ARCO/Murray

Alex Harris

Marketing Director, BuiltWorlds

Carter Kennedy

CEO, SoloInsight

Kelly Burke

Business Technology Lead, ARCO/Murray

Jenny Song

Principal, Navitas Capital

Jamail Carter

Co-Founder, Varuna

Robert Mazer

President, Flexnode

Timothy Gollogly

VP of Business Development, Sitelink

Mark Zikra

Head of Innovation, August Hill

Tomislav Zigo

CTO, Clayco

Brian Gallagher

Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor

Paul De Santis

Partner, Goettsch Partners

Kelsey Haden

Director, Real Estate Growth

Brad Henderson

CEO, P33

Ashley Boeckholt

CRO and Co-Founder, MaterialsXchange

Tyler Sewall

Senior Director, BuiltWorlds

Agenda For General Sessions on May 18 and 19

For the Conference General Sessions on May 18th and 19th, we move from the BuiltWorlds Headquarters on the 17th to the Convene Conference Center at 333 N Green.

Day 1 Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9:10am


9:10am – 9:40am

Keynote: Understanding the “S” in ESG

While sustainability and environmental considerations have come to the forefront of the built environment, Paige Pitcher, head of strategic partnerships at Moderne Venture, looks to the future of ESG with a focus on social responsibility as our keynote speaker. These practices have historically been difficult to analyze. With new regulations and increased demands from investors, occupants, and the community, the "S" in ESG will no doubt become a more prominent theme in the coming years for the building ecosystem. Pitcher has been at the forefront of early investment opportunities influencing the real estate industry.

Keynote Speaker:
Paige Pitcher, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Moderne Ventures

9:40am – 10:20am

Solar Powering Innovation

The city of Chicago picked a venture between Related Midwest and 548 Development for a $38 million project in North Lawndale. The 300,000-square-foot industrial complex will also include a two-building North Lawndale Innovation Center with retail and office uses, as well as a park. The project is Related Midwest’s first industrial development. The development will have two solar-powered, 150,000-square-foot warehouses on either side of the rail line. Related and 548’s proposal won out over seven other bids, including one from the Chicago Cubs and Pritzker Realty Group, which wanted to build an industrial building and a Cubs Urban Youth Academy campus with playing fields on another part of the site. We will examine the winning proposal that is set to break ground soon.

Eveart Foster, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

AJ Patton, CEO, 548 Capital
Michael Scott, Alderman 24th Ward, City of Chicago
Don Biernacki, EVP, Construction, Related Midwest

10:25am – 10:50am

Smarter Management and Maintenance for Efficiency and Sustainability

IOT and other technology advances are enabling us to be smarter about how we maintain our buildings, identifying issues sooner, getting the right data to the right people, and making repairs before problems escalate. Companies are embedding solutions in roofing, planning more frequent and cost effective inspections, and synthesizing data from building operations to help them meet ESG objectives.

Karen Weigert, Director, Loyola University Chicago

Ger Shortt, CEO, Aquatrace
Cleve Adams, CEO, Aquicore
Neil Ross, Director of Technical Strategy, Schneider Electric

10:50am – 11:10am

Networking Break

11:10am – 11:40am

New Tools for Planning Better Buildings Panel: Architect, Design, and Construction Perspectives

New tools expedite planning smarter, more efficient buildings, but the implementation of those tools from the architect’s or developer’s vision to actual construction worksites can be challenging and lead to a loss on investment in the technology. This panel offers a rare, cross-disciplinary look into innovations in tools and their implementations for building planning with perspectives spanning from architects, designers, and construction leaders, to highlight the benefits and challenges of using emerging tools.

Eric Whobrey, Director of Innovation, ARCO/Murray

Andrew Petty, Firm BIM Leader, CannonDesign
Christopher Sharples, Founding Principal, SHoP Architects
Charles Portelli, Vice President Application Developer, Thornton Tomasetti
Jackie Arcy, Director of Design, ARCO/Murray

11:45am – 12:15pm

How Sustainability and ESG Priorities are Changing the Way We Develop and Design our Buildings

This panel aims to highlight how the increased prioritization of sustainability and broder ESG considerations is influencing the way professionals and technologists are approaching building projects. Experts featured on this panel are focused on bringing new tools to building design and development. This panel will highlight the potential returns that come from viewing emerging ESG technology not only as the new normal, but as an advantage for their clients and the built industry as a whole.

Christopher Hoyes, Principal, Roland Berger

Susan Heinking, VP - High Performance & Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction
Kathleen Egan, CEO, Ecomedes
Ryan Spies, VP of Sustainability, Clayco
Cara Kennedy, Vice President, Sustainability, Jones Lang LaSalle

12:15pm – 1:15pm


1:15pm – 1:45pm

Leveraging Technology to Address Water Quality and Waste

Water quality is going to be one of the largest societal challenges that we will face this century. The building industry is rapidly evolving to meet that challenge with new technologies that address the growing concerns of water scarcity and quality control, while improving the health and wellness of people inside the buildings. This panel will address topics of water management that deal with this issue proactively and efficiently.

Alaina Harkness, Executive Director, Current Water Accelerator

Parthiv Amin, Chief, Sales & Marketing Office, Sloan
Thru Shivakumar, CEO & Co-Founder, Cohesion
Jamail Carter, Co-Fouder, Varuna

1:50 pm – 2:20pm

Emerging Technology Showcase - New tools for Planning, Developing, and Designing Better Buildings

With the immense growth we are seeing in technologies focused on smarter building planning and design, it can be hard to keep track of the emerging tools and products the industry is implementing. This panel highlights some of the latest advancements like VDC, BIM and fabrication, throughout the entire pre-construction and maintenance process.

Chris Diiorio, CEO, ENGworks

John Niles, Technology Consultant, GAFCON
Britton Langdon, CEO, MSuite
Mani Golparvar, CTO, Reconstruct
Natalie Goodman, Founder, IncentiFind, Inc.

2:20pm – 2:50pm

Networking Break

2:50pm – 3:20pm

How innovation in Building Materials and Systems is changing our Buildings

This panel looks to expand the conversation about how innovation in technology and techniques is changing building materials and systems on a broad basis. Emerging technology and innovative approaches to the process are resulting in more sustainable building projects and potentially influencing the materials going into buildings.

Dave Hettinger, Founder & Principal, Entropy

Andrew Staniforth, CEO, Assembly OSM
Dwight Stewart, Founder & CEO, Igor

3:25pm – 3:55pm

Developing Smart Building Products and Getting them to Market

The definition of a “smart” building can be vague, but there’s no denying that the adoption of newly developed products, systems, and other technologies are optimizing building operation, maintenance, and performance. This discussion will showcase a variety of perspectives on taking smarter building products to market effectively.

Andrew Phipps, Global Head of ESG Insight and Global Futurist, Cushman & Wakefield

Heather Widman, Partner, Building Ventures
Jason Blumberg, Managing Director, Energy Foundry

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Building Tech Top 50 Recognition

This session will highlight some of the leading companies in the landscape of the smart building, with each offering innovative solutions in the areas of asset management, high-performance materials, HVAC and energy systems, interiors, lighting, mobility, real estate tech, tenant services, and modular systems. From connected sensors to analytics platforms, solar panels, smart lights, modular furniture, and more, these 50 companies are pushing the boundaries of how buildings are designed, built, operated, and maintained.


Networking Reception

Day 2 Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast & Networking

9:00am – 9:10am

Welcome Back

9:15am – 10:00am

Case Study - The Willis Tower: An Iconic Smart Building Redevelopment

This Case Study Panel is a fascinating intersection of the Buildings Conference theme of smarter building solutions and Chicago’s current and historic innovation within the Willis Tower. The $500 million renovation project includes the addition of Catalog, a more than 300,000 square-feet curated dining, entertainment and community experience, as well as a 30,000 square-feet outdoor deck and garden, evolving at the base of the tower. This case study in technology in building management and user experience has delivered LEED platinum certification to the Willis Tower through the renovation.
We will gain insights from both the architecture and commercial real estate perspective through speakers from EQ Offices and Gensler about how they planned and executed EQ’s goal to revive overlooked spaces with minimal environmental impact. This historic project can be experienced first-hand at the BuiltWorlds Americas Summit taking place in the Willis Tower this fall.

Kirsten Hull, VP, Portfolio Management, EQ Office
Gary Michon, General Manager, EQ Office
Benjy Ward, Principal and Design Director, Gensler

10:05am – 10:45am

User Experience, Safety, and Community

Predictive maintenance systems, digital twins, and other innovative technologies are optimizing the operations and maintenance of our buildings, making them smarter and more interconnected than ever. We'll discuss the key indicators for building-operational excellence, data collection and subsequent analysis, and the actionable insights that can be provided.

Alex Harris, Director of Marketing, BuiltWorlds

Carter Kennedy, CEO, SoloInsight
Jared Golden, Co-CEO, Leap
Kelsey Haden, Director - Real Estate Growth, Alfred

10:45am – 11:15am

Morning Break

11:20 am-12:00 pm

Supply Chain In Crisis

With historic materials pricing increases and lead times, the crisis in the industry's materials supply chain may be the "elephant in the room" when we talk about innovating newer and better buildings. This panel will discuss the effects of the disruption on the industry and the possible impact on the industry's innovation efforts.

Tyler Sewall, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Brian Gallagher, Vice President of Corporate Development, Graycor
Ashley Boeckholt, CRO & Co-Founder, MaterialsXchange
Paul De Santis, Partner, Goettsch Partners

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:10pm – 1:40pm

Energy Revolution: The Chicago Architecture Center Shares Insights from Their Groundbreaking New Exhibit About Energy Transition in Buildings

Representatives from The Chicago Architecture Center join our 2022 Buildings Conference to discuss emerging carbon-free and energy efficient technology in buildings, featuring insights from the CAC’s new exhibit Energy Revolution. The exhibit, hosted in the Skyscraper Gallery, highlights technologies like planning tools and building material alternatives that are enabling the energy transition to a carbon-free future in urban environments like Chicago.

Ian Spula, Content Manager, Chicago Architecture Center
Patricia Reiter, Principal, Reiter Studios

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Modularization, Prefabrication, and Their impact on our Buildings.

Innovation in modularization and prefabrication are some of the most potentially significant trends in building efficiency. Implementation of these technologies offer the built environment
a huge potential reduction in waste, time and money in building design management systems and technology trends within the topic. This discussion covering modularization, prefabrication, and the impact on buildings, will highlight the status of growth efforts in this important segment of the Built World ecosystem.

Sheeba Ramaji, Director, Innovation Research, MiTek

Jim Dunn, President, Stack Modular
Tim Swanson, Founder & CEO, Inherent L3
Michael Palmer, Head of Strategy & Real Estate, Volumetric Building Companies
Alexey Dubov, Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Mighty Buildings


Closing Remarks

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Post Conference Reception at Sloan

Join us after the Buildings Conference for a reception in the Sloan Showroom at 333 N. Green St. Chicago, IL (same building as conference location) to hear about Sloan has been working to reduce water waste and increase sustainability. Representative from Gensler will also be on site to deliver tours of the building. Drinks & food included - all conference guests are welcome.

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Yes. By far, the most cost effective way to experience BuiltWorlds events is via the package of conference tickets that come with memberships, and we also reserve tickets for members. However, we do offer a small number of a la carte tickets to most events, as long as those supplies last. For information about how to buy a la carte conference tickets email: sales@builtworlds.com.