Real Estate Events in Our Community

The Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh is pleased to promote real estate related events within our communities.

Real Estate Events in Our Community

The Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh is pleased to promote real estate related events within our communities. Have a program you’d like us to share with our members? Contact the ULI Pittsburgh District Council Office: (724) 687-0707 or


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Building the 21st Century City II:

Plan to Live in the City

October 18


Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.  Read more.

Donovan Rypkema

Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of Place Economics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm.  The firm specialized in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures.  In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International to provide similar services to world-wide clients. Rypkema has worked with communities in 49 States, 9 Canadian Provinces, and 40 countries.  He is the author of numerous articles and publications as well as a book, The Economics of Historic Preservation:  A Community Leader’s Guide which has been translated into Russian and Korean. Rypkema holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust of Historic Preservation and the Boards of Directors of the North Capital Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Washington Council of Agencies.

Ed McMahon
Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute

Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC where he is nationally known as an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and leading authority on economic development and land use polices and trends. As the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development McMahon leads ULI’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. He is also Chairman of the Board of the National Main Street Center and a Senior Advisor to ULI’s Healthy Places Initiative. Before joining the Urban Land Institute in 2004, McMahon spent 14 years as the Vice President and Director of Land Use Programs for The Conservation Fund, where he helped to protect more than 5 million acres of land of historic or natural significance. He is also the co-founder and former President of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes. Before that, he taught law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center for 9 years, and served in the U.S. Army, both at home and abroad.

Brent Ian Wesley
Founder, Akron Honey Company

Brent Ian Wesley is a 2004 graduate of Kent State University, entrepreneur and founder of the Akron Honey Company. He is motivated by other people’s welfare and improving the places around him which allowed him to be included in a group of community leaders assembled by the Knight Foundation to study Detroit’s revitalization projects. From that experience Wesley implemented “activating spaces” a premise by which the Akron Honey Company had been created, taking abandoned, neglected space and creating a thriving business that expands from Highland Square out to Middlebury. Read more.

Continuing Education Credits (4 Hours):

  • Legal
  • Real Estate
  • AIA


8:30am – Registration
9:00am – Program
4:00pm – Conclusion

For more information and to register, click here


Lectures in Our Area:

This Wednesday, October 18 at Carnegie Mellon University, Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol will be presenting at 5pm in Breed Hall in Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (Building 13). In their book “The Neighborhood Playbook,” Wright and Nickol create a field guide for community members and developers that, “facilitates the activation of spaces with the goal of influencing physical and economic growth in neighborhoods.” Interesting in hearing directly from the authors? For more information, click here.