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SMPS Chicago panel on Covid-19 impact on the built environment: October 14 (limited to 100)

Experts from Gilbane Building Co., Gensler, and Avison Young on the panel, to be moderated by BD+C's Robert Cassidy.

October 02, 2020 |

Building Design+ Construction Executive Editor Robert Cassidy will moderate a panel of experts at SMPS Chicago's October 14, 2020, Zoom event (11:45am to 1:15pm CT), "How the Covid-19 Pandemic Will Change the Built Environment."

Whether it is the economy, education or the workplace, the uncertainty that the pandemic continues to cause may impact the world for years to come. The built environment is not isolated from the pandemic and has left many questioning how planning and design trends will be affected in the coming years.

Among the topics the SMPS Chicago panel of presenters will address:

  • How do you plan a city or new development that factors in social distancing requirements?
  • When or will people return to the office environment?
  • Will the open office concept become a thing of the past?



Karrie Kratz, Vice President, Gilbane Building Company

Karrie Kratz started her career with Gilbane in 1999, where she moved through the ranks as a field accountant, QC manager, superintendent, project manager and her most recent role as the operations leader for Gilbane’s Chicago Office. In her role as operations leader, she combines her business background, technical building skills and collaborative approach to effectively lead Gilbane’s construction field teams to execute and deliver safe and successful projects. Kratz participates in several local organizations that reflect her passion for improving advancement opportunities for women in the construction industry, as well as mentoring and engaging the youth in local communities to explore the potential opportunities in the construction industry.

Brian Hungerford, Design Director + Regional Office Buildings Leader, Gensler Chicago

A holistic, strategic, and passionate design professional, Brian strives to derive artfully humanistic design solutions that intersect with urbanization, climate, and sustainability. His project work includes master planning, headquarter and commercial office buildings, corporate interiors, institutional, nonprofit, single- and multifamily housing, education, hospitality, and government work.

Jillian Brown, Senior Consultant (Occupier Solutions), Avison Young

Jillian Brown is currently a Senior Advisor with the Flexible Office Solutions Practice at Avison Young.  Prior to her role at Avison Young, she was with Convene as the Enterprise Account Director for Workplace.  She has been in the WAaS (workplace as a service) industry for six years and has gained experience through her roles as a Consultant with CBRE in Chicago and the National Sales Director for Serendipity Labs, working with investors, partners, project managers, and brokers in creating, opening, and occupying multiple locations.



Robert Cassidy, Editor of Multifamily Design+Construction, was Editorial Director of Building Design+Construction from 2002-2014 and currently serves as Executive Editor. He produces segments of “The Weekly” streaming video program for SGC Horizon’s Horizon TV and helps produce the company’s ProCONNECT series of in-person events. He has been a speaker and panelist at numerous construction industry events, notably the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the AIA American College of Healthcare Architects/Academy of Architecture for Health, the Construction Specifications Institute, and Greenbuild (U.S. Green Building Council).



There are 100 spots open for this program. Registration is open to all. CPSM CEU Credits: 1.5.

Registrants will receive an email with instructions to access the program on the day of the event.

A recording of this session will be available online following the live stream.


$20.00 SMPS Members

$30.00 Non-members

$20.00 Out of State SMPS Members

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