WASHINGTON, DC (October 18, 2019) – Hanley Wood’s FuturePlace – the first conference dedicated to the roles and practices of master plan developers and the architects, builders and designers with whom they collaborate – will present an intensive array of panels, networking sessions and thought leaders to address the critical issues facing the industry at The Miami Beach EDITION on October 21st & 22nd.

“The team at Hanley Wood and Meyers Research have worked to assemble a unique group of topics and speakers to inaugurate our first conference devoted to master planned communities,” said Jeff Meyers, CEO of Hanley Wood. “We’re thrilled at the caliber of speakers who agreed to participate and excited for attendees to learn from the teams who built the communities that are creating the future of housing.”

Attendees will participate in panels and discussion to help them connect with technology before they are left behind, discover the must-have amenities of the future, and learn directly from successful communities that have gone before them. More than twenty housing industry executives and thought leaders have joined the line up of speakers and panelists for FuturePlace including:

  • Megan Eltringham from the New Home Company and Peter Dennehy of Newland Communities will join Meyers’ Mollie Carmichael to discuss the art of delivering to the new consumer.
  • Meyers Research’s Ali Wolf and Metrostudy’s Mark Boud will present the economic outlook and opportunity for masterplan.
  • Charlie Miller of Intersection and Terry Beaubois from Stanford University will speak with Jeff Meyers, CEO of Hanley Wood on the future of technology and place.
  • Michael Voll, CEO of FROG, will be the keynote speaker on the moving target of capturing connectivity.
  • Jason Sessions of Mattamy Homes, Rob Parker of Pinewood Forest LLC and Tom Woliver of Oxland Advisors, will join Tim Sullivan of Meyers on a panel about the future of amenities for the master planned communities.
  • Amy Levi, President and Creative Director of Strada will speak about moving beyond a brand and into creating lifestyles out of communities.
  • Gehl People’s Matthew Lister will discuss a day in the life of a connected city, exploring how technology is rewiring the communities of tomorrow.
  • Randy Jackson of Placeworks, Peter Lauener of McWhinney, Alyssa Fanelli of Delos and Kara Weinstein of Whisper Valley, will discuss the health, wellness and educational elements that go into building communities that enrich residents’ physical and emotional health.
  • Urban planning experts Peter Kindel and Douglas Voight of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill will discuss the future city project they developed for National Geographic.

FuturePlace will also honor this year’s Master Plan Hall of Fame Legends Award Winner – Bob McLeod, Principal, Chairman and Chief Executive of Newland. With more than fifty years’ experience developing residential and mixed-use real estate, McLeod is considered a true visionary in the housing market.

“Under Bob’s leadership, Newland has become one of the largest privately-held real estate developers in the United States,” said Meyers. “Newland has consistently been at the forefront of creating truly innovative and inspired communities including master planned residential communities, mixed use centers, skyscrapers and more. I can’t think of anyone who better exemplifies the qualities we created the Legends Award to honor.”

FuturePlace will be held at The Miami Beach EDITION on October 21-22. For more information please visit our website.


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