07/18 - 07/20/18
All Day


  • Harvard Law School – Wasserstein Hall
  • 1585 Massachusetts Ave
  • Cambridge
  • MA


Join us in Cambridge for the annual AMDP Alumni Program. Reconnect with fellow AMDP alumni and build your connections with new friends over three days of programming, content, and social activities. Your fellow alumni steering committee members have helped create an exciting program and look forward to your participation in the activities.

Registration for the program will close at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. For any questions, please contact [email protected].

Planning Your TripHotel Information
The Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education office has produced a list of local hotels to assist in your planning to attend this program. Please refer to this list of area hotels to consider for your accommodations.

Draft Schedule as of 6/25/18. Please note: this schedule, instructors, and topics are subject to change.

Wednesday, July 18

Alumni and their guests
Location: Wasserstein Hall 1019, except as noted for lunch and reception

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Toronto’s Vacant Lottery: Bubble or Bellwether?
 with Peter Clewes, Principal, architectsAlliance
Guests welcome

In 1978, George Baird and Barton Myer’s seminal work, Vacant Lottery, outlined a strategy to curb the inexorable progress of North American post-war suburban sprawl by reclaiming urban brownfields, and inserting new development at a variety of scales into the fabric of established urban precincts. Nearly twenty years later, Toronto embarked on an experiment in radically concentrated urban growth. Peter Clewes will analyze the factors fueling this growth and discuss the imperatives of civic responsibility, and the commitment to good and beautiful urban form that must compel the designers and developers who are building the future city.  

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Disruption! Retail in the Age of Amazon with Garrick Brown, Vice President of Retail Intelligence, Cushman & Wakefield
Guests welcome

In this informative and entertaining session, Garrick Brown will explore the myths and realities of “the Retail Apocalypse” and its impact on real estate, the consumer experience and the continuously evolving retail landscape. In this forward looking presentation, Cushman & Wakefield’s Vice President of Retail Intelligence will debunk the demise of bricks-and-mortar retail, while exploring the very real challenges in the marketplace—demonstrating what’s working in retail (as well as what isn’t) and sharing his vision of the shopping center of the future.

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Lunch and The Cambridge Biotechnology Ecosystem: A Personal History
with Harvey Lodish, Principal Investigator, Lodish Lab
$50 per person, guests welcome
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B

Kendall Square in Cambridge is the world’s epicenter of biotechnology. Forty years ago it was an industrial wasteland. Harvey will describe the development of this ecosystem based in part by his own experiences in starting eight local biotechnology companies, including Genzyme and Millennium. He’ll discuss the importance of geographical proximity with research universities and hospitals and venture capital, as well as that of a helpful government and regulatory environment and an extensive and supportive physical infrastructure that includes laboratory incubators. 

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
AMDP Alumni Endeavor Workstream Presentations
Guests welcome

Communication & Connections – Gabriel Arias AMDP ’17
Knowledge Sharing & Discovery – Tom Gibson AMDP ’07
Giving Back & Projects for a Cause – Scott McLain AMDP ’06 & Scott Fiorentino AMDP ’15
Acquisition & Enhancement – Rob Coulson AMDP ’17 & Hector Torres AMDP ’15

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$75 per person, guests welcome
Gund Hall, Porticos 121-122
Social cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring remarks by Rick Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development and Co-Director of the Master in Urban Planning Program, GSD

Thursday, July 19

Alumni, returning Class 18, and incoming Class 19 Program, guests welcome at dinner 
Location: Wasserstein Hall 2012, except as noted for lunch and dinner

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Senior Living
with Charlie Wu, Senior Lecturer in Business Administration, HBS
$300 per alum

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Buildings for Health with Joe Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
$300 per alum

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

$30 per alum
Sheraton Commander Hotel

2:00 p.m. – 3:30p.m.
Strategy Considerations for Developing Infrastructure Projects in Developing Countries
with Kash Rangan, Malcolm P. McNair Professor in Marketing, HBS
$300 per alum

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Real Estate Panel
with Don Conover, et al. Kavoogian, Hynes
$300 per alum

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception & Dinner

$150 per person, guests welcome
Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

Rick Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development and Co-Director of the Master in Urban Planning Program, GSD
Ray Torto, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, GSD
Bing Wang, Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment, GSD
Dr. Rena Fonseca, Director of Executive Education, GSD

Friday, July 20

Alumni, returning Class ’18, and incoming Class ’19 Program, guests welcome at lunch and Indy Project session
Location: Wasserstein Hall 2012, except as noted for lunch

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
with Current Classes and Alumni

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sustainable Strategic Success with Dennis Yao, Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business Administration, HBS
$300 per alum

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
International Financial Markets
with Nori Gerardo Lietz, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management Units, HBS
$300 per alum

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AMDP Alumni Luncheon
with Current Classes and Alumni
$30 per person, guests welcome
Wasserstein Hall, 2019

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Indy Project Revisited

Call for proposals, optional session
Guests welcome

2:15 p.m.
Alumni Program Ends