Conference Schedule

Wed, September 18

Sep 18

Welcome Reception at The Wharf

Our opening reception will create a big splash where DC meets its water. Fine food and drink will be yours to enjoy while spending time at District Pier at The Wharf, Washington’s newest and most…

September 18, 2019 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center Networking
Sep 18

Behind the Scenes at the National Building Museum

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at the National Building Museum, the nation’s premier museum dedicated to architecture and design. Discover the inspiring great hall, innovative exhibits, and award-winning gift shop and learn more about…

September 18, 2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

A New Waterfront Destination: National Harbor and the MGM Casino

The National Harbor project began in the late 1990s to develop an underused plot of land along 1.25 miles of the Potomac River into a must-see waterfront destination dedicated to the preservation and celebration of…

September 18, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

NMAAHC: “The Building Will Sing for All of Us”

African American history and culture figured heavily in the area now known as the National Mall. The museum’s symbolic location on the grounds of the Washington Monument is matched by the homage to the stories…

September 18, 2019 9:45 am – 2:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Expanding the Mixed-Use Paradigm: Incorporating Public Uses in New Projects

In D.C.’s dynamic West End neighborhood, new residential development incorporates a brand new D.C. public library and fire station where a stand-alone library and fire station once stood. The projects include housing and retail and…

September 18, 2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Tysons, an Edge City: A Transformation from Suburban to Urban

Witness firsthand the power of transit and public/private partnerships in transforming an aging auto-centric edge city into a set of vibrant, walkable mixed-use environments. Participants will take a walking tour of the new Capital One…

September 18, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

The Rebirth of the Kennedy Center and the Watergate

Born at the height of glorious design from the 1960s, the Kennedy Center and the Watergate have captured America’s cultural and political imagination for generations. In the past five years, the Kennedy Center and the…

September 18, 2019 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

The Yards and The Capitol Riverfront: D.C.’s Fastest Growing Neighborhood

"Join several local commercial real estate operators and investors on a walking/bike tour of the recently revitalized Capitol Riverfront submarket of Southeast and Southwest D.C. Capitol Riverfront is a 500-acre neighborhood situated between I-395 and…

September 18, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Beat the Streetcar Walking Tour: H Street’s Post Riots Revival

Anyone in Washington, D.C., will tell you H Street is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. This tour will showcase how the once-bustling retail corridor that was destroyed during the 1968 riots…

September 18, 2019 8:45 am – 12:45 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

How an Alley Became D.C.’s Premiere Dining Destination

Sophisticated. Adventurous. Renowned. These are just some of the words that describe D.C.’s robust restaurant scene. And no place is more representative of D.C.’s transformation into a culinary destination than Blagden Alley—an area just steps…

September 18, 2019 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor: A Walking Tour of a Great Street

In 1979, the opening of a Metrorail route along the commercial corridor of an inner-ring suburb began the transformation of Arlington, Virginia’s Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Forty years later, what remains to be done? Find out through…

September 18, 2019 8:45 am – 12:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Inside the Beltway: Talent Attracts the Country’s Most Wanted Company

National Landing is the newly defined interconnected and walkable neighborhood that encompasses Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern portion of Potomac Yard in Northern Virginia. Situated across the Potomac River…

September 18, 2019 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Bethesda Row: A Vital Mixed-Use Community Asset Shaped by Decades of Public/Private Investment and Design Innovation

What was considered innovative planning influencing investment risk is now measured as economic and community development SUCCESS! The Bethesda Row District’s 30-year urban evolution provides countless benchmarks of integrated land development achievements. Join the District…

September 18, 2019 8:45 am – 12:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Around the World: A Day of Cultural Exploration

As a global city and the political center of the United States, Washington, D.C., offers many opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures. On this exclusive tour, spend the day exploring some of the…

September 18, 2019 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

First-Ring Suburb, Urban Vibe: Experience the Continued Resurgence in Downtown Bethesda, Maryland

Situated seven miles from the nation’s capital, Bethesda is the most urban and mixed-use Maryland suburb of Washington. With the addition of the new Marriott headquarters building, and multiple other new and planned developments, Bethesda…

September 18, 2019 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Washington Drama: Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Theaters Changed the Nation’s Capital

In 1971, the Kennedy Center began a revival of legitimate theater in Washington, D.C., setting the stage for the thriving live-performance scene the city enjoys today. This tour will focus on six theaters that played…

September 18, 2019 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

Washington, D.C.’s Sports Venues: Vital Economic Catalyst or Field of Schemes?

Washington, D.C.’s stadiums and arenas are destinations for Washingtonians to catch a game involving their favorite sports teams, but few think about the immense impact that these venues have had on the D.C. economy since…

September 18, 2019 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 18

The District Wharf: Bringing the City Back to the Water’s Edge

Long ignored, the D.C. waterfront has exploded, and the most recent addition is the District Wharf, the most talked-about project in the region. Blocks are short, streets narrow, and styles varied, The District Wharf, which…

September 18, 2019 9:15 am – 1:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours

Thu, September 19

Sep 19

Scene and Be Seen: A Walking Tour of 14th Street, D.C.’s Hottest Neighborhood

Named one of the APA’s “Great Places in America,” 14th Street is the ultimate urban renaissance. The neighborhood’s 100-plus bars and restaurants, 430,000 square feet of high-end retail, and over 2,300 luxury residential units have…

September 19, 2019 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 19

Battle of the Boutiques: An Evening Enjoying D.C.’s Two Hippest Hotels

Come see why D.C. locals are filling the bars and restaurants of the two hottest spots for visitors to spend the night in town. High design, bustling lobbies, top chefs, best-in-class bar programs, jaw-dropping roof…

September 19, 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours

Fri, September 20

Sep 20

Friday Night Networking at La Cosecha

LA COSECHA MERCADO . ARTE . CULTURA La Cosecha is the first of its kind, contemporary marketplace celebrating centuries of Latin American heritage. Created by EDENS as a culinary embassy, La Cosecha is designed for community and…

September 20, 2019 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm La Cosecha, 1270 4th St NE Networking

Sat, September 21

Sep 21

Experience Waterfront Invigoration in the D.C. Region

The Potomac and Anacostia rivers are being rediscovered and redeveloped. This boat tour will span National Harbor, a mixed-use development that includes the MGM Casino and Hotel in Maryland; Washington Harbor, a housing, office, and…

September 21, 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 21

A Rare Opportunity: Glenstone Museum

Glenstone, a museum of modern and contemporary art, is integrated into gently rolling pasture and unspoiled woodland of Montgomery County, Maryland, less than 15 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C. The museum opened in…

September 21, 2019 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 21

The Grand Sites of Washington and the Most Current Neighborhood Developments—by Bike

This bike tour will start at the Convention Center and head to the National Mall, looping around the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial and continuing out to Hains Point. From there, participants will visit the…

September 21, 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center Tours
Sep 21

Bike D.C.: From Historic Georgetown to New Developments in Bethesda, with Exploration of the Capital Crescent Trail and the Hidden Gem of Rock Creek Park

This bike tour will start at the Convention Center, wind through Georgetown, then join the Capital Crescent Trail to Bethesda. In Bethesda, we will ride through town, stopping to discuss projects, including Bethesda Row, the…

September 21, 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 21

Paddle the Potomac River through the Eyes of George Washington

Experience a different side of Washington by paddling the Potomac River to the only remaining active historic “skirting” canal built by George Washington’s Patowmack Company to bypass Seneca Falls. The canal has some playful water…

September 21, 2019 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 21

The Districts inside the District: Union Market and the NoMa Neighborhood

Just steps from Union Station, 36 blocks of Northeast D.C. continue to evolve with an eye on the future but rooted in the past. Come experience an evolving mixed-use neighborhood called NoMa (North of Massachusetts…

September 21, 2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours
Sep 21

New Fruit Meets Old Steel: Apple Store and the D.C. History Center co-locate in the historic Carnegie Library

More than just an Apple Store, the new Global Flagship returns the city’s first public library to its former glory. After decades of use, the library became overcrowded and moved to a new home, and…

September 21, 2019 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L St South Lobby Tours