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Sustainable Urban Design Conference


November 18, 2011
AT&T Center, Austin Texas
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Hosted by: McCombs School of Business' Centers: Energy Management and Innovation Center and the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center

As we plan communities of the future and live in the cities of today, transportation systems and urban planning are two areas that offer opportunities for reduced environmental impact, decreased energy consumption, and long-term economic savings. This half-day conference will discuss research developments and current best practices to address these concerns. It will also explore ways for universities, communities and corporations to collaborate and make progress toward improving the sustainable nature of our cities.

 EMIC logo      Real Estate Center Logo             Center for Sustainable Development                  ULI Austin Logo



All events take place at the AT&T Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705  

7:30am - 8:30am
                                                Third Floor, Salons AB

                                                TECHNOLOGIES TO REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS IN CITIES
                                                First Floor, Classroom 106
                                                Presented by: Kara Kockelman, Professor and William J. Murray Jr. Fellow,Cockrell School of Engineering, UT

9:00am - 10:00am           PANEL: URBAN PLANNING AND VEHICLES
First Floor, Classroom 106
                                                Matt Fajkus, Assistant Professor, UT School of Architecture. Fellow, UT Center for Sustainable Development
                                                Peter Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, UT
                                                Dave Tuttle, Research Fellow, Renewable Energy Systems, eMobility, Technology, UT 
                                                John Viera, Director of Sustainability, Ford Motor Company


First Floor, Classroom 106
                                                Presented by: 
                                                Michael Gatto, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Austin Community Design & Development Center

10:45am – 11:45am       PANEL: LOW IMPACT SUBDIVISIONS 
First Floor, Classroom 106
                                                Steven Moore, Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable Design, 
                                                Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture
                                                Rich MacMath, Sustainable Design Project Manager, HDR, Inc.
                                                Sunshine Mathon, Design & Development Director, Foundation Communities
                                                Mark Rogers, Executive Director, Guadalupe Neighborhood Development
                                               Kelly Weiss, Executive Director, Austin Habitat for Humanity

12:00pm - 1:30pm          LUNCH WITH KEYNOTE
                                                Third Floor, Salon C
                                                Keynote: Richard Kincaid, President and Founder, BeCause Foundation


Richard Kinkaid

Richard Kincaid

President and Founder
BeCause Foundation

Richard Kincaid was the president and chief executive officer of Equity Office Properties Trust, until its acquisition by the Blackstone Group in February of 2007. He is currently the President and Founder of the BeCause Foundation. The BeCause Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that heightens awareness about a number of complex social problems and promotes change through the power of film. Mr. Kincaid is also an active private investor in early stage companies.

Prior to being named President and CEO in 2003, Mr. Kincaid served as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Mr. Kincaid has also served as Equity Office’s chief financial officer. At 33 and one of the country’s youngest CFO’s, Richard developed the financial, technology and integration strategies for the company during its tremendous growth, which included nearly $17 billion in acquisitions.

Mr. Kincaid was with Equity Office since its 1997 IPO, and worked with the company’s chairman, Sam Zell, for over 16 years. Prior to joining Equity Office in 1995, Mr. Kincaid was senior vice president of finance for Equity Group Investments, Inc., where he oversaw debt financing activities for the public and private owners of real estate controlled by Mr. Zell. During his tenure at Equity Group Investments and Equity Office, Mr. Kincaid has supervised more than $11 billion in financing transactions. Prior to joining Equity Group Investments in 1990, Mr. Kincaid held positions with Barclays Bank PLC and The First National Bank of Chicago.

Mr. Kincaid is on the board of directors of Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN), an international REIT that specializes in timber and specialty fibers. He also serves on the board of directors of Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN), a mountain resort operator, and Strategic Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: BEE), an owner of upscale and luxury hotels in North America and Europe. He also serves on the board of directors of the Street Medicine Institute.

Mr. Kincaid received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas, and his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University.


  • Matt Fajkus
  • Michael Gatto   
  • Kara Kockleman
  • Richard MacMath
  • Sunshine Mathon 
  • Steven Moore
  • Mark Rogers
  • Peter Stone
  • Dave Tuttle
  • John Viera
  • Kelly Weiss


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 404-3600

Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 478-4500

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Website: Click here
Phone: (512) 482-8000 


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704
Phone: (512) 477-1234

Omni Hotel Austin
700 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 476-3700

The Stephen F. Austin Inter-continental Hotel
701 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 457-8800

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