Downtown LA

CBRE - Glendale 234 S Brand Blvd Suite 800 Glendale, CA 91204

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 16 2018 - 6 PM

Event Details

SPIRE teamed up with UCLA, Berkeley Haas and Wharton to host a panel on affordable housing and urban densification in LA. The panel was held at the beautiful former Masonic Temple, now creatively adapted as the CBRE LA North building. Details below.

SPIRE Cohosts

8th Annual Real Estate Panel

Real Estate 2018: Affordable Housing & Urban Densification – Can Cities Have Both?

The biggest issue shaping the future of Los Angeles is the question of how we grow. Do we continue to sprawl our way out of the affordable housing crisis or add density that some say powers innovation and economic growth?

Berkeley Haas, Stanford, UCLA REAG, and Wharton hosted a panel of experts to discuss how future development in Los Angeles effects affordable housing, urban densification, mass transit, and how it is impacting their investment decisions.


6:00-7:00pm - Check In & Networking
7:00-7:15 - Introductions & Overview
7:15-8:15pm - Moderated Panel Discussion
8:15-8:45 pm - Questions & Answers
8:45-9:00pm - Wrap-up & Networking

CBRE - Glendale, 234 S Brand Blvd, Suite 800, Glendale, CA 91204

Tim Kawahara, Founding Executive Director of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate

Laurie Lustig-Bower, EVP at CBRE Drew Planting, Founder / Managing Partner at GPI Companies
Derek Wyatt – Principal at RCLCO


Tim Kawahara, Executive Director, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
Mr. Kawahara is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center, including the development, implementation and oversight of the Center's numerous programs and activities; internal and external relationships; industry and academic conferences and events; marketing and communications; media relations; student programs; fundraising; strategic partnerships; budget; personnel; and management of the Center's Board.


Laurie Lustig-Bower, EVP, CBRE
Ms. Lustig-Bower began her career in commercial real estate 29 years ago with CBRE and now holds the title of Executive Vice President with the firm. She is the founder and leader of Team Lustig-Bower, a group of seven professionals specializing in the sales of apartment buildings, condominium conversions/reversions and land for development of multi-housing properties. In the past ten years alone, Ms. Lustig-Bower and her team have handled approximately $9 billion in real estate transactions.

Drew Planting, Founder / Managing Partner, GPI Companies
Prior to establishing GPI, Mr. Planting was a Senior Partner at the J.H. Snyder Company, where he created and directed the company’s value-added acquisitions division, which provided a profitable element to the firm’s already robust development activities. While at the J.H. Snyder, Mr. Planting was responsible for identifying and acquiring over one million square feet of commercial office and retail. Prior to joining the J.H. Snyder Company in 2001, Mr. Planting was a partner at Maguire Partners where he headed the development, leasing, and management of the 3.6 million square foot commercial component of Playa Vista.

Derek Wyatt, Principal, RCLCO
Since joining the firm in 2010, Derek has worked closely with RCLCO’s clients in the public and private sectors to provide strategic recommendations in the real estate sector. Derek’s experience as a project manager at RCLCO stretches across all of the firm’s practice groups, with an emphasis on market feasibility analyses, financial analyses, as well as strategy development and implementation for large-scale land developments and urban, infill projects. Derek currently focuses on work in RCLCO’s Urban Real Estate and Community and Resort Advisory Groups.