Rethinking Multifamily Design and Operations with a COVID-19 Lens


Friday, November 20th, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

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    Global ULI Online
    Even when we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, shifts in how we work, go to school and socialize will endure.
    Registration is complimentary and open to ULI members only.
    As we think about new buildings, what does this mean for how we allocate and organize space between private units and public spaces? Considering existing buildings, what can we do through operations, and where do we need to rethink design? Expanding our thinking to consider resiliency writ large - what do we need to consider to be able to “weather the storms” that will likely face our communities in the future?



    Anne Torney

    Partner, Mithun

    Anne is an architect who has made affordable multi-family housing and transit-oriented urban infill the focus of her work for more than 20 years. She brings a commitment to community outreach and sustainable design to all her projects, which range from supportive studios for formerly homeless seniors, to the revitalization of isolated public housing sites into walkable, resilient, mixed-use and mixed-income communities. Her affordable housing experience includes award-winning projects in San Francisco as well as San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle. Notable examples are the national AIA Housing Award-winning 1180 Fourth, and Sansome and Broadway Family Housing, a CNU Charter Award honoree. Anne serves on Mithun’s Board of Directors and leads the firm’s San Francisco office. She is Chair of the Board for San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Through her work with organizations including AIA and SPUR, Anne advocates for diversity in the profession and expanded access to affordable housing.


    Kimberly Vermeer

    President, Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc.

    Kimberly Vermeer, LEED AP Homes, is a multi-disciplinary green building and sustainability practitioner, with a special focus in the multifamily affordable housing sector. Through her company, Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc., she offers strategic consulting to community development corporations and other affordable housing developers to advance sustainability and climate resilience. Committed to delivering the benefits of green building to vulnerable populations, Kim works with teams to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy, water conservation, healthy housing and climate resilience into their projects. She directs project certification through LEED or Enterprise Green Communities rating systems, as well as the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) rating system for larger master-planned projects. Ms. Vermeer is co-author, with Walker Wells, of the forthcoming book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition, published on July 2020. Ms. Vermeer is also an experienced teacher and educator, and was recently a Practitioner Scholar at UMass Boston, co-teaching an environmental science capstone course. She has also developed, planned and facilitated many professional education and peer learning events. Her background includes housing finance, policy and development. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master in City and Regional Planning degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.


    Christina Davis

    Development Manager, Columbia Residential

    Christina has worked in the construction and development industry for 14 years. From 2005-2011, she worked as a green communities consultant, and since 2011, she has specialized in affordable multifamily development. As the Development Manager at Columbia Residential, Christina currently specializes in mixed income and mixed financing multifamily projects utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits throughout the Southeast. She manages real estate development transactions from site selection and entitlement through financial closing, construction and stabilization, while also providing team leadership support to the Chief Development Officer. Christina began her career at Southface, an Atlanta based non-profit, managing green land development programs and consulting with developers on sustainable building practices. Prior to joining Southface, Christina served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to Kumasi, Ghana, where she studied international development at Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology. Christina enjoys living with her husband and two daughters in Carrollton, Georgia, where she recently served on the Carrollton Corridor Beautification and Development Committee (2016-2019) and the Comprehensive Planning Committee for the City of Carrollton (2018). She currently serves on the Board of the Georgia Agricultural Land Trust; combining her passion for smart growth planning and local food production. Her educational and professional experiences give her local, national and international perspectives on real estate development that allow her to serve her profession, her clients, and her community.


    Marty Jones

    Principal, MLJ Insights

    Marty Jones is an urban real estate developer and economic development strategist. MLJ Insights provides vision, strategy, and solutions to economic development and real estate challenges. Its work focuses primarily on advising public sector and mission focused organizations. She previously served as the President & CEO of MassDevelopment, Massachusetts’ quasi-public economic development authority with assets of $500 million and 175 employees. The Authority closed $20 billion in transactions on over 1600 projects during her tenure from May 2011 to July 2017. Through tax-exempt bonds, balance sheet lending and guarantees, and direct real estate acquisition and development, MassDevelopment’s investments created more than 80,000 jobs, built/renovated 12,000 housing units, and assisted private and non-profit entities employing over 650,000 people. In 2014 the Authority launched the Transformative Development Initiative, a comprehensive cross-sector strategy to leverage public and private investments and catalyze revitalization in 10 competitively selected Districts in the state’s older industrial cities. Prior to MassDevelopment, Jones was president of Boston building, development, and property management company Corcoran Jennison managing staff and project teams for new developments focused on urban revitalization projects including mixed income communities, affordable housing, hotel, and commercial development. She also directed asset management for the company’s multifamily portfolios, chaired a joint venture between Corcoran Jennison and Beacon Communities developing HOPE VI communities, and directed all aspects of the Westminster Company, a North/South Carolina affiliate.