6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (EDT)


  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA


Hudson-Yards-via-KPFThe renewal of the Hudson Yards district, a project jointly planned, funded, and constructed by the New York City and State governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, concerns a section of Manhattan between Penn Station and the Hudson River, bounded by West 42nd and 43rd Streets, 7th and 8th Avenues, West 28th and 30th Streets, and Hudson River Park. Completion of the master plan by architects KPF remains several years in the future, but recent extensions of the No. 7 subway line and the elevated park called the High Line already connect the site to the rest of the city. The centerpiece of the project, a 26–28 acre development project by Related Companies and Oxford Properties, will be the largest in New York City since Rockefeller Center in the 1930s and the largest private real-estate development project in the history of the U.S. The opening of its first building in May 2016 brought this achievement one step closer.

Stephen Ross, chairman of Related Companies, will speak about the Hudson Yards development project. Ross holds a BS from University of Michigan’s School of Business Administration, a JD from Wayne State School of Law, and a LLM in taxation law from NYU. He founded Related Companies in 1972 and led the company through several major projects. Among its holdings are Hunter’s Point South, One Central Park, and the Residences at the Mandarin Oriental at the Time Warner Center. Ross is also a part owner of Equinox fitness centers, a major shareholder in SoulCycle, and managing general partner and chairman of the board of the Miami Dolphins. As a director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ross recently worked with a team of NYU law faculty to propose youth athletic programs to address the problem of intolerant behavior in sports. Among numerous other professional affiliations and philanthropic and service roles, Ross is chairman emeritus and director at the Real Estate Board of New York; a director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; a trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital; a director of the Guggenheim Museum; and a trustee of the National Building Museum.