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New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY, United States April 9-11, 2024

Mr. Alan Razak

Principal and Co-founder AR Spruce LLC

Alan Razak is a senior advisor and co-founder of AR Spruce LLC, a Philadelphia-based company that plans, creates, and manages real estate. With more than 40 years of commercial real estate experience, Alan's expertise encompasses development and project management, finance, architecture, urban design and advisory services. His diverse real estate background includes managing the development process, both as owner and as owner's representative, and project types including residential, office and commercial, as well as data centers and other highly technical facilities. After years of principal positions in regional development and consulting firms, Alan started Razak Company in 2003, which in 2011 merged into AthenianRazak and in 2020 became part of the creation of AR Spruce. The combined firm has been responsible for the development of a large variety of projects in the Philadelphia region, ranging from innovative LEED-certified multifamily residential to the benchmark-setting professional sports training and headquarters complex for the Philadelphia 76ers. In its other two service arenas, the company has provided sophisticated and varied real estate advisory and analysis services for many of the region's most important businesses, institutions, nonprofits and governments, and its property management operations focus on ushering distressed assets from failure to restoration, something the firm has done through four market cycles for lenders, investors, owners, special servicers and the courts. Alan's professional pursuits, starting with his work as an architect in 1975, have always followed his eclectic mix of interests in the industry, from the minutiae of failed deal forensics to the big concepts of how we build better cities. He is deeply knowledgeable about the real estate development process, an expert in design and construction services procurement and contracts, a champion of responsible property investment and a vocal proponent of triple-bottom-line investment approach to real estate. As part of the ULI Learning faculty for over 20 years he has instructed thousands of real estate practitioners on these topics in locations around the world. His work and the work of AR Spruce have won multiple awards for excellence in design, construction and sustainability. Selected Affiliations: • Registered Architect, Pennsylvania • Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Chairman of the Board • Urban Land Institute, global: Global Governing Trustee; past Chair Responsible Property Investment Council, Chair of multiple Advisory Services Panels, DEI Council working group chair, and for over 20 years author and teacher of ULI Learning professional education workshops on a variety of real estate development topics • Urban Land Institute, local: Philadelphia District Council: current Governance Committee Chair, past Chair, past Chair of Mission Advancement • University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design: Lecturer, Design & Development Education: • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: S.B. in Arts and Design • University of Washington: Master of Architecture • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: MBA with a concentration in Real Estate

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Wed Apr 10 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Nassau Suite

Decoding Racial Equity: Understanding Key Terms and How They Apply to Your Real Estate Practice

The seminal ULI 2022 publication "10 Principles for Embedding Racial Equity in Real Estate Development" highlights the need for real estate practitioners to recognize the power of language and lifts up an imperative for a shared language around racial equity in real estate. A new ULI report, "Racial Equity Terms for Real Estate Leaders," aims to elevate widely accepted definitions and help specific terms come alive for real estate professionals by demonstrating applications in real estate and development practice. In this session, learn more about the new resource and hear how real estate leaders are building their understanding of and advancing action on core concepts including antiracism, equitable development, inclusion, and more.

Three days of inspiration, thought leadership, and connection

New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY, United States

April 9-11, 2024

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