UB Innovation Exchange 2018

A Forum for Learning, Inspiration and Connection

“The Evolving Workplace”

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The School of Architecture and Planning will host the invitation-only UB Innovation Exchange 2018 in New York City “The Evolving Workplace,” an interactive workshop on workplace strategies and the office of the future.

One World Trade Center

One World Commons, One World Trade Center
New York City
May 16, 2018
7:30 am–2 pm

Why should you attend?

There are many conferences on this topic, most of which attract high-profile speakers, but offer little interaction between the speakers and the audience. At many, the best part are the coffee breaks. The UB Innovation Exchange 2018 will be different from typical real estate and design conferences by leveraging the points of view and influence of guest speakers, and involving participants in sharing experiences and co-creating the takeaways.

Part featured speakers, part hackathon. All fun.

Workshop attendees will have insights of value that they want to share. Yes, they want to hear, but they also want to be heard. Contributing to and creating something of value from this workshop will make for a memorable, enriching experience.

Listen and learn. Present and share. Network and socialize. 

“Pull up a chair … let’s talk.”

  • Featured speakers will present, provoke, tell stories, examine case studies and pose a challenging question or scenario.
  • Facilitators will guide small group dialogue. Potential responses are created, curated. Participants imbue the dialogue with personal experience, specific forecasts.
  • Small group representatives present responses, with discussion, live polling.  Consensus is reached.

Prompt. Huddle. Response.   

An ideal location.

One World Commons is an amenity space on the 64th floor of One World Trade Center, which is co-owned and managed by event host and Principal Sponsor, The Durst Organization. Powered by Convene, this premium floor serves as a world-class business and social hub fostering workplace creativity, collaboration and community.

Keynote Speaker: Phil Kirschner, Director of Workplace Strategy, WeWork

photo of keynote speaker

Plus three panel sessions featuring national experts on the mission critical topics of people, place and technology.  

UB Innovation Exchange 2018 will feature prominent speakers, panelists and workshop participants, including alumni and friends in leadership positions in companies such as:

  • Anchin
  • BlackRock
  • CBRE
  • Colliers
  • Convene
  • Credit Suisse 
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Durst Organization
  • Gensler
  • HOK
  • International WELL Building Institute
  • JLL


  • LBA Realty
  • Lane Office/DIRTT
  • LVMH
  • M&T Bank
  • RealComm
  • Steelcase
  • TD Bank
  • Triton Construction
  • Turner and Townsend
  • Verizon
  • WeWork

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean Robert Hill, 716-829-3973, rrhill2@buffalo.edu.

Principal Sponsor: $10,000
Benefits include recognition as a school partner; promotion in all communications and at event; opportunity to introduce a keynote speaker or panelists; 6 complimentary event registrations.

Major Sponsor:  $7,500
Benefits include recognition as a school partner; promotion in all communications and at event, plus 4 complimentary event registrations.

Contributing Sponsor: $5,000
Benefits include promotion in all communications and at event, plus 2 complimentary event registrations.

Student Sponsor:  $1,000
Individuals can support a single student’s costs to attend the event.  Benefits include promotion in all communications, at the event, and an opportunity to meet with the student.

This Event Is Brought to You by …

Principal Sponsors


Major Sponsors

M&T Bank

Contributing Sponsors

Cushman & Wakefield
Folor General Contractors
Donnelly Mechanical Logo
Structure Tone

Student Sponsors


For more information on this event

UB Senior Fellow Mark Foerster, 585-738-9416, markfoer@buffalo.edu

Additional Updates:

Please revisit this site for additional information about our speakers, panel members, workshop participants, and the detailed agenda.