Wednesday, October 9, 2013
11:00 am

U40 Summit Registration opens – Hyatt Regency San Francisco

1:30 pm
2:30 pm
3:30 pm

The Autodesk Gallery at One Market
(limited availability, maximum of 30 people per tour)

Experienced docents will take three groups of Leadership Summit attendees through the Autodesk Gallery: home of more than 20 exhibits that showcase the diverse world of 3D design. Be inspired by creative use of software-aided design in automotive, aerospace, film, life sciences, architectural, infrastructure, art and other contexts, plus hands-on experiences with 3D printing and camera arrays. Enjoy light refreshments in this beautifully crafted LEED-CI Platinum space, which has limited availability to the general public. Right across the street from the hotel, the Autodesk Gallery will tune up your imagination for our summit events.

6:00 pm

Welcome ReceptionSens Restaurant, San Francisco

Welcome – Tony Mancini, Principal/Building Group Director, SGC Horizon LLC, and Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director, Building Design+Construction

Q&A with M. Arthur Gensler, Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA

Rob Cassidy will engage Art Gensler, founder of the world’s largest architecture firm, in a conversation about the role of the architect in society, the impact of great design, the practicalities of starting and running a practice, and what advice he would give to today’s young design and construction professionals. U40 attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Meet Tom Wujec, Autodesk Fellow and U40 Summit III Facilitator

Dave Barista, Editor-in-Chief of Building Design+Construction, will introduce our U40 Summit facilitator, Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec.

The U40 Marshmallow Challenge – PRIZES to Winners!

Teams of U40 Summit attendees will compete to build the tallest structure they can from 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of tape, a yard of string and one marshmallow – in 18 tense minutes! It’s a great way to keep networking with other U40s.

Tom will tell you why school children usually do better than MBA graduates – and why the team-building nature of the Marshmallow Challenge has a lot to do with what U40s do every day on their jobs.

Winning team members will each receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate – and bragging rights for the rest of the evening.

9:00 pm

On Your Own, On the Town in the City by the Bay

Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 am

Breakfast - Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Take this opportunity to enjoy breakfast with other U40s you haven’t met yet. It’s all about the network!

U40 Summit Registration open to late arrivals

8:00 am

Welcome Back – Daily Agenda / Housekeeping Items Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor, Building Design+Construction

8:30 am


At U40 Summit III, we’re launching the “VISION U40 PRIZE.”

U40 Summiteers will compete in teams to develop advanced design and construction solutions to pressing social, economic, technical and cultural problems.

Teams may address problems and develop solutions related to the built environment in one of these eight Mega-Categories:

• Access + Mobility
• Aesthetics + Beauty
• Climate Change + Environment
• Food Equity
• Human Health + Performance
• Human Spirit + Quality of Life
• Social Justice
• Technological Innovation

Start thinking NOW about your big idea and your great solution!

9:30 am


Four Mega-Categories will be picked. U40s will adjourn to the room of the Mega-Category of their choice.

U40s will have the opportunity to make a very short pitch to the group about their VISION U40 concept and possible design/construction-based solution.

U40s in each Mega-Category will vote for up to four of the pitches to proceed to the team-development level.

Teams will form around the four proposals and develop them more fully for presentation to the entire Mega-Category group.

The four teams will present their concept and proposed solution to the Mega-Category group. A vote will be taken to determine which two proposal/solutions will advance to the semifinal round.

12 Noon

Box Lunch

A chance to enjoy a couple of hours of free time for networking, relaxing and fun in the great city of San Francisco.

Ride the cable car to the Cable Car Museum. Sniff the lobster at Fisherman’s Wharf. Nosh on chocolates at Ghirardelli’s. Check out the seals at Pier 39. Or just chill at the hotel or along the Embarcadero.

2:00 pm


As in the morning round, teams will address U40 Vision proposals for the remaining four Mega-Categories and pick two semi-finalists from each.

4:15 pm


The 16 semi-finalist teams will present their Vision U40 Solutions to the Summit. Following discussion U40 attendees.

7:00 pm

VISION U40 FINALS + AWARDS RECEPTION – Hyatt Regency San Francisco

The exciting conclusion of the VISION U40 Prize Competition!

The five finalist teams will make their summary presentations to the entire Summit. The winning team will share the $3,000 VISION U40 PRIZE. Four runner-up teams will each share $500

Friday, October 11, 2013
7:30 am

Breakfast - Hyatt Regency San Francisco

8:30 am

Tour of Mission Bay/UCSF Science + Technology Mixed Use District
(limited availability, maximum of 60 people)

Meet in Hotel Lobby for bus to Mission Bay/UCSF District

Join us for a walking tour of one of America’s most significant ongoing urban redevelopment projects, which is converting 303 acres of abandoned railyards into a vibrant community. The program for Mission Bay includes housing (ultimately, up to 6,000 units, including moderate, affordable, low, and very low-income units); a new research campus and $1.52 billion hospital complex for the University of California-San Francisco; half a million square feet of retail; more than 4 million square feet of commercial office/biotech/life science space; a public school, library, community center, fire and police stations, and related facilities; and more than 40 acres of public open space.

Our tour will include an orientation to the history and scope of this massive and ambitious project, and a walk through landscapes and public areas of multiple facilities. Though construction is ongoing, the work of distinguished architects is already in place, including buildings by Ricardo Legorreta, César Pelli and Rafael Viñoly. See how distinctive structures focused on biotechnology, neurosciences, genetics, cancer, cardiovascular research and other specialty areas are being created within general design guidelines intended to foster a sense of creativity and community. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore one of the great urban redevelopment stories of the 21st Century.

1:30 pm

Bus returns to Hyatt Regency San Francisco

10:30 am

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour
(limited availability, maximum of 20 people)

Meet in Hotel Lobby to walk over to Galleria Park Hotel

Architectural historian Rick Evans will lead U40 Attendees on his exclusive walking tour of San Francisco's great downtown buildings. You'll learn how local history reveals itself in a collection of remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Rooftop gardens, decorated lobbies with hidden secrets, and stories about the architects who influenced the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire - this tour delivers more than you'll find in any guidebook. "There are sights and pleasures beyond the well-known landmarks that can be overlooked," says Evans. "Come with me to discover the excitement, history, beauty, and charm of my city."

See you next year in _____ (you tell us)!

Note: U40 Summit attendees will be eligible to earn up to 12.0 AIA CES Learning Units.