ULI San Francisco: Building to New Heights in Downtown Berkeley (SOLD OUT!)


2023-04-06T16:00:00 - 2023-04-06T18:30:00

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    AIA East Bay Will open in a new window 2150 Allston Way #310 Berkeley, CA 94704 United States


    Standard Pricing Until April 5 Members Non-Members
    Private $45.00 $60.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $35.00 $50.00
    Student $25.00 $40.00
    Under Age 35 $30.00 $45.00
    Refunds can be made if written notice is provided to ULI SF at least 48 hours in advance of the event.
    This event is sold out! To join the waitlist, please reach out to Juliette Coia at [email protected]  
    Development in Berkeley’s core district was set in a new direction with the Downtown Area Plan of 2012 and recent California laws. Today, more than a dozen tall residential buildings are under construction downtown, with 5,000 housing units in the pipeline.
    Few California city districts are growing as tall and as fast as downtown Berkeley. Decades of deficient supply of student housing set the stage for this rapid change in direction. What happened, and what are the challenges to come? Can Berkeley’s experience provide lessons for other California cities?
    During this event, we will learn about the accomplishments of forward planning and the tactics of current planning for individual buildings. We will also learn about construction costs, pandemic disruptions, and utility connections and how the capital markets see the development pipeline.
    Join us for a guided walking tour of the tall new buildings in Downtown Berkeley, concluding with remarks by a panel of architects, planners, owners, and construction managers who are delivering Berkeley’s next-generation core district. Drinks and networking to follow at Gather. 
    John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association (Moderator)
    Katarina Bogdan, Senior Development Manager, Grosvenor
    Neil Gentile, Partner, East Beach Capital
    Isaiah Stackhouse, Principal, Tractenberg Architects
    Matthew Taecker, Senior Urban Designer, Wallace Roberts & Todd
    4:00-4:30 PM: Registration
    4:30-5:15 PM: Sidewalk walking tour of selected buildings in Berkeley
    5:15 PM: Tour groups arrive at Brower Center
    5:30-6:30 PM: Panel discussion
    6:30 PM- : Drinks and networking at Gather 
    Thank you to Steve Lawton, Bruce Jett, and Justin Shupp of ULI SF’s East Bay Programs committee for organizing this event! This event is co-hosted with AIA East Bay, eligible for AIA 2 continuing education credits (2 LU), and AIA members will receive registration discount. Please contact Jacqueline Smith at [email protected] for discount information.
    Please note, this event is not open to the press.
    The health and safety of our members, staff, and event attendees remains a priority of ULI SF. We ask that you please take precautions and/or refrain from attending our events if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or are feeling ill prior to the event. You are welcome to mask at your discretion. ULI SF may require that attendees comply with additional COVID-19 procedures of the event venue and local health authorities and may update its policies from time-to-time if circumstances require.

    AIA East Bay 2150 Allston Way #310 Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

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    John Caner

    CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association

    John Caner has served the Downtown Berkeley Association as Chief Executive Officer for fourteen years. John also serves on the board of the California Downtown Association and previously on the board of the International Downtown Association. He is a national voice on policies and practices for downtown governance such as homelessness and behavioral health. John serves on the boards of numerous local boards and organizations. He holds an MBA from UCLA, undergraduate in Government from Harvard.


    Neil Gentile

    Manager, Finance and Strategy Planning, East Beach Capital

    Neil Gentile is Partner at East Beach Capital, developing 2176 Kittredge and 4 Terra Investments, developing 2099 MLK. Previously at Grosvenor Americas, Neil led debt origination and development planning. He holds degrees in accounting and mathematics from Gonzaga University.


    Katarina Bogdan

    Senior Development Manager, Grosvenor

    Katarina Bogdan is Development Manager for Grosvenor Property Americas, responsible for acquisition and execution of multifamily and mixed use new-construction projects in the Bay Area, including 1951 Shattuck under construction. She previously carried similar responsibilities at AvalonBay, CIM Group and Strada Investment Group. Katarina holds an Interdisciplinary degree in Business and Communication from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Real Estate from Georgetown University.


    Isaiah Stackhouse

    Trachtenberg Architects

    Isaiah Stackhouse is Design Director and Partner at Trachtenberg Architects. In Downtown Berkeley, Isaiah is overseeing the delivery of eight buildings comprising more than 1,500 units. On the boards at Trachtenberg Architects for Downtown are a 25-story tower and a 28-story tower. Isaiah is responsible for the design and entitlement of over 70 projects and 6,000 units across the Bay Area. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California, with undergraduate in Arts and Physics from Bates College.


    Matt Taecker

    Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC

    Matt Taecker is Senior Associate at Wallace Roberts and Todd. He is principal author of Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan, recognized nationally by the American Planning Association as best practice. Over more than 30 years, he has authored numerous land-use plans for both public and private sector clients, specializing in urban infill, revitalization and transit-oriented development. Matt is an Emeritus member of the California Planning Roundtable and serves on the American Institute of Architects’ task force for equity and sustainability. He hold Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California with undergraduate from University of Chicago.