The Urban Burbs – Corporate Campuses and Suburbia

Ian Zapata, Moderator

23 May 2017
Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Drinks at 6:15 pm

Dallas Black Dance Theater
2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201

The DBDT building is located directly behind One Arts Plaza, at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way

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The built landscape of the Dallas area has been profoundly impacted by two distinct trends: The move away from downtowns and the emergence of Texas as a national headquarters destination. How have corporate landscapes changed over the last twenty years and how have they influenced the quality of life of our city and the character of our communities? “The Urban Burbs” Panel discussion will look at the evolution of suburban corporate campuses and the future of work in Dallas. Important factors that will be discussed include amenity rich environments, a sense of community desired by employees of these companies, and the maturation of the suburbs including opportunities for recreation, entertainment, the arts and culture.



Design Director, Gensler

Ian Zapata is a Design Director in the Dallas office of Gensler, where he also mentors design talent and champions excellence and innovation. Zapata has vast experience in aviation, hospitality, corporate campus and commercial office planning and design. He favors a multi-disciplinary approach and is interested in what happens when design theory and user experience intersect. Zapata is guided by the belief that the smallest, most anonymous project should have the same level of attention, quality and passion as the largest most prominent one. Mr. Zapata is also President of the Board of Directors of The Dallas Architecture Forum, a recognition of his design leadership by his colleagues throughout Dallas.


Director of Special Projects, City of Plano

Peter Braster is the City of Plano’s Director of Special Projects. Located in the Office of the City Manager, the Special Projects position was created to bridge economic development and real estate development in Plano. Currently, Mr. Braster oversees the ongoing redevelopment of Downtown Plano; is the ombudsman for the $3 billion Legacy West development; and will lead the City’s retail redevelopment program.

Before joining the City of Plano, Mr. Braster was the City of Carrollton’s Senior Development Manager. He was the city’s first Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Manager, and negotiated and managed Carrollton’s first public/ private partnership and promoted TOD and economic development in Carrollton’s three transit centers. He also led Carrollton’s development projects such as the 80-acre Project Raiford; the City’s multi-family redevelopment project at Crosby road; and several other special projects. Mr. Braster has over 30 years of public and private experience. He began his career in civil engineering by working on large transportation projects including several highway, airport, and light rail systems in New York and California. Peter is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the North Texas Urban Land Institute TOD Product Council, and the International Economic Development Council.

Real Estate Editor, Dallas Morning News

Steve Brown is the long-time Real Estate Editor for the Dallas Morning News. In that role, Steve is one of North Texas’ leading voices on the ever changing and expanding real estate market related to the Metroplex. His articles are read by thousands of our areas’ business, governmental, and civic leaders, and by many other local residents, as well as followed around the world by those wanting to stay informed about the dynamic real estate market in the North Texas. Steve is highly respected by his peers around the United States, and was elected last year as President of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Director of Global Real Estate, Verizon

Jim Tousignant is a real estate executive with over 26 years of corporate real estate experience. Jim is responsible for the Real Estate initiatives and transactions for Verizon companies throughout the United States. Verizon has a diverse portfolio of over 100 million square feet in over 6,000 properties, including office, warehouse, land, retail and technology space. Transaction volume in 2016 is expected to include over 800 contracts at a combined value of over $1.5B. Currently leading several strategic initiatives including; a flexible office program, co-working, condo development and a sale/lease-back program. Jim has career experience in all areas of real estate, including; property management, design and construction, strategic planning, furniture and real estate transactions. He has provided strategic planning and organizational consulting both domestically and internationally, and is viewed as an expert in outsourcing strategies, portfolio optimization, real estate development and contract negotiations.



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Maharger Development |
  Reggie Graham



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Architectural Lighting Alliance

bodron + fruit

HKS, Inc.

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