Architecture Summit

The Architecture Summit, a specialist conference taking place at New York Build 2018, allows NY's leading professionals to discuss the latest industry developments and network with their peers. Hear from New York's leading architectural practices on recent projects, sustainable design, affordable housing, market conditions and much more!

Network with Architects; Developers; Major Contractors; Government Representatives; Specifiers, Software Developers. Plus, get the latest industry reports and publications!

The Features Hub at New York Build will play host to a fantastic PechaKucha Session, entitled New York State of Mind. Starting at 2:30pm on March 16th, these sessions will see a diverse mix of enthusiastic speakers, each of whom will talk on 20 images for 20 seconds per image, making it dynamic, fast-paced and engaging as they talk about what New York means to them, and where they draw inspiration to use in their daily lives. If you'd be interested in speaking, contact

2017 Presenter List for PechaKucha

Debra Kriensky // Conservation Biologist, NYC Audubon Society 

Jessica Sheridan // Senior Associate, Mancini Duffy and NY Regional Representative, AIA Strategic Council

March Chadwick // President, M.Arch Architects

Maria Aiolova // Co-Founder, Terreform ONE

Susan Elbin // Director of Conservation and Science, NYC Audubon Society 

Wes Rozen // Partner, Situ Studio

Matthew Mahon // Senior Acoustics and Audiovisual Consultant, ARUP

Sophie Pennetier // Senior Structural Engineer, ARUP

Virtual Reality is becoming less of a novelty and more commonplace across the construction industry. Our New York Build VR Hub will include a number of features, including a panel discussion at 1pm on the impact of VR and new technologies in the architecture and construction industries. 

Following on from this panel will be the announcement of the winners of the New York Affordable Housing Competition. This competition has allowed the architecture community to collectively address a huge issue facing New York City.

2017 VR Keynote - Gunita Kulikovska, Founder of Vividly - Virtual reality - A New Medium to Build Better Cities.

2017 Gunita’s background lays in architecture, urbanism and urban strategies. She is a member of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and a TEDx speaker. Since 2015, she and her partners established startup company Vividly embracing VR with the aim of progressing the architecture industry.
Gunita will elaborate on VR beyond just a visualisation/marketing/sales platform, rather as new medium for design processes and creativity integrated communication within scales and stages of urban development and architecture.

VR Hub Program March 15th - 1:15pm

Virtual Reality and Architecture Panel Discussion moderated by Gunita Kulikovska - Founder of Vividly


  • Vincent Poon - Global Principal, Design – Digital Integration, Unispace
  • March Chadwick AIA LEED AP - Principal, M.Arch Architects & Founder,
  • Christopher Bailey - Vice President, Preconstruction, New York Region, Suffolk Construction
  • Vincent Frasca - Elite CAD Designs
  • Pierce Reynoldson - Skanska USA, Senior Virtual Design & Construction Manager - NY Metro


New York Affordable Housing Competition - Winners VR Showcase March 15th - 3:30pm

Virtual Reality Presentation Showcase - New York Affordable Housing Competition, Powered by Vividly

In a pioneering presentation format, Powered by Vividly, the VR Hub will showcase the winners of the competition in VR, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves through VR headsets. The winner of the competition will win $3,000, and the winner of the Rising Star Award will be taken on for an internship at Architecture in Formation.

In a special one-hour feature from midday in the features hub, discover episodes of Van Alen Sessions, presented by Programs and Communications Manager of Van Alen Institute, Steven Thomson.  These episodes form a short-documentary series highlighting first-hand stories and expert insight on urban life presented with The Atlantic and CityLab. The screening will be followed by a conversation led by Director of Strategic Initiatives, Anne Guiney, about Van Alen's interdisciplinary competitions that use design to catalyze positive change in the cities and landscapes in which we live by developing innovative, implementable solutions to society’s many challenges, including the effects of climate change, the consequences of gentrification and vacancy, and the impact of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.