Leadership Luncheon – Driverless Cars and Their Impact on Real Estate
Driverless Cars and Their Impact on Real Estate
What do driverless cars and other cutting-edge technologies mean for parking, infrastructure and place-making in the real estate industry? Join our expert panel as they share their thoughts on how Houston and the development community can prepare for and adapt to the coming changes. Will we even recognize Houston in 20 years?
Peter Merwin leads Gensler’s Mixed Use Practice, bringing more than three decades of expertise in the design of large retail and retail-centric, mixed-use developments, as well as more than 40 clubs and restaurants across the U.S. A respected architect, panelist, speaker, writer, lecturer and design juror, Peter is a subject-matter expert on retail-centric, mixed-use environments and walkable urbanism. From his experience as a senior designer for the world’s largest retail REIT, Peter understands the retail leasing dynamics needed for successful mixed-use developments. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Architecture from Rice University.
Center for Opportunity Urbanism
Tory Gattis is a Founding Senior Fellow with the Center, and co-authored the original Opportunity Urbanism studies and City Journal article with noted urbanist and Center Director Joel Kotkin about creating a city philosophy focused on upward social mobility for all citizens as an alternative to the popular smart growth, new urbanism, and creative class movements. Tory writes the popular Houston Strategies blog and its twin blog at the Houston Chronicle, Opportunity Urbanist, where he discusses strategies for making Houston a better city (and has published numerous Houston Chronicle op-eds on these topics as well). He is the founder of Coached Schooling, a startup backed by the Rice University Owlspark accelerator program and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to create a high-tech network of affordable private schools ($10/day) combining the best elements of eLearning, home and traditional schooling to reinvent the one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century. Tory is a McKinsey consulting alum, TEDx speaker, and holds both an MBA and BSEE from Rice University.
Drew has worked at Uber for four years, most recently managing operations for Uber’s delivery and logistics products in New York City. Before Uber, he worked at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the Chicago Transit Authority, and Northwest Airlines. He is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied history and transportation, and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from MIT. Drew also writes about cities, culture, and technology on his blog, Kneeling Bus.
Dr. Christopher Poe is the Assistant Director at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute for Connected and Automated Transportation Strategy. In his current position, he is leading connected and automated vehicle, intelligent transportation system, transportation operations, and toll road research projects for a number of sponsors nationally. Dr. Poe is currently involved in the Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds Partnership, I-35 Connected Work Zone deployment, and truck platooning research. Prior to his current position, Dr. Poe spent six years in the private sector leading ITS projects in the Central U.S. Region. Dr. Poe received his BS and ME degrees from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, all in Civil Engineering. He has also taught university courses in transportation engineering at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Poe is a licensed engineer in the State of Texas.
Kristie Chin is a PhD Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin and is developing a Smart City Playbook. She is currently working with TxDOT’s Texas Technology Task Force – a strategic advisory group making recommendations for emerging technologies and their roles in future transportation systems. Ms. Chin played a key role in the City of Austin’s Smart City Challenge team, presenting innovative solutions at the finals in DC. After coordinating the inaugural Texas Mobility Summit in 2016, she is leading efforts to organize smart city teams across the state for the Texas Innovation Alliance. Ms. Chin has an A.B./Sc.B. in Architectural Studies and Civil Engineering from Brown University and an M.Arch from the University of Notre Dame.