Two Reasons You Should Attend 8th Annual Academic Real Estate Summit

NEWTON, MA—The learning and living environment in both private and public educational institutions is changing rapidly. Three area experts will discuss these changes in the industry, and what is important to know about academic real estate in 2018 (and beyond) at the 8th Annual Academic Real Estate Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Newton Marriott Hotel in Newton, MA.

Two Reasons You Should Attend:

#1 Next Generation Student Residences

There is a lot going on in building student residences. It is no longer a building, a room, a bed, bathrooms and traditional common spaces. Collaboration and collective design process is the new paradigm: collaboration among academic facilities officials, architects, students, technologists, global cultural issues, engagement and others go into the design of facilities now.

MIT’s upcoming residential facilities, for example, has a design that fosters small, close-knit living communities and include a mix of first-year and upper-class students, a variety of community-building spaces, and a community kitchen available for use by students.

If you are a developer, architect or general contractor, how do you plan to deal with these issues?

#2 Technology and Learning Environment

Advances in technology has completely changed the structure and design of classrooms and other academic facilities. According to Dr. Mark Sivak, a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University, and Dr. David Burkus, a Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University (Author of “The Myths of Creativity” and “Under New Management”), the focus now is less about the content delivery, and more about content navigation and real-world application.

Maureen Hickey (Photo: Faith Ninivaggi)

Joe Naughton

“Traditional classroom learning is a thing of the past,” notes Sivak, “Students do homework in the classroom and watch lectures for homework. It’s more about application, explanation, and collaboration than lecturing.” Burkus agrees. “Why bother having me lecture when I can stream a lecture from Harvard? I think my role [as a professor] will be shifting more towards helping people navigate the waters.”

Our three expert panelists will focus on these topics at the summit. They are:

Maureen Hickey, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Campus Planning and Development, Northeastern University

Bill Whitney

Joe Naughton, Director of Capital Projects, University of Massachusetts Building Authority

Bill Whitney, Vice President for Real Estate, Berklee College of Music.

Join Boston Real Estate Times’ 8th annual Academic Facilities Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. To register, click here.

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