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Developing for a Driverless World

June 7, 2016
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wilmer Hale
60 State Street
Boston, MA United States
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ULI Boston/New England’s Infrastructure Council, Real Estate Tech Council, and Urban Development Council are excited to bring you this collaborative program: Developing for a Driverless World. This program will explore how autonomous vehicles are impacting the built environment, and how developers can anticipate these changes. Don Briggs from Federal Realty will discuss how the Audi fleet of self-parking cars has impacted the development around Assembly Row. Our panel of experts will reflect on this project and discuss how the City of Boston can adapt to future technology shifts. What do automonous vehicles mean for parking, street-scapes, and place-making in future Boston communities?




  • Don Briggs – President-Boston and Executive Vice President-Development, Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Kris Carter – Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
  • Wes Guckert – President and CEO, The Traffic Group
  • Jenny Larios Berlin – Co-Founder and CMO, Optimus Ride

Moderator: William Lyons – President and Founder, Fort Hill Companies


More about our Speakers:

don briggsDon Briggs is President – Boston and Executive Vice President – Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust.  In this capacity, Don is responsible for managing the Trust’s east coast pipeline of development and leading the Trust’s office in New England. Don also serves as a member of the Trust’s Investment and Executive Committees. With over 20 years’ experience in real estate development and the construction industry, he has been responsible for the development of several mixed-use projects and public/private endeavors including the development of Rockville Town Square, phases of Bethesda Row, phases of Santana Row, and currently Assembly Square and Pike & Rose.  Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2000, Mr. Briggs worked as a Development Manager for Cousins Properties and with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company as a senior project manager. He currently serves as the ULI Boston/New England District Chair and is part of their Advisory Board Leadership Team.

kris carterKris Carter, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, is a non-practicing engineer, an optimistic urban planner, and a self-taught filmmaker. New Urban Mechanics is Mayor Walsh’s civic innovation team, working with research institutions, government agencies, and civic entrepreneurs to explore and prototype what’s new and next in cities. Prior to working with the Mechanics, he managed the City’s bicycle program, served as an advisor to Mayor Menino on Complete Streets policy and the Innovation District, and helped operationalize One Fund Boston in response to the Marathon bombings.


wes guckertAs President and CEO of The Traffic Group, Wes Guckert is an expert in traffic engineering and transportation planning.  He is a technical adviser in transit planning, traffic impact analysis, traffic signal design, and traffic circulation and access studies.  As the President and CEO of The Traffic Group, Inc. — a traffic engineering and transportation planning specialty firm he founded in 1985, after five years working with the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Traffic Division—Wes has positioned his firm to become one of the country’s leading experts in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – conducting more than 200 miles of BRT concept plans for public and private sector clients in Maryland alone. Wes Guckert is a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), a Fellow with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the American Planning Association, and serves as Chair of the Public Development and Infrastructure National Product Council with Urban Land Institute (ULI).

jenny larios berlinJenny Larios Berlin is the Co-Founder and CMO for Optimus Ride, which develops self-driving technologies that enable safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility systems. She’s a veteran of car sharing technology and operations, having worked previously for the disruptive Zipcar. As a General Manager, Jenny introduced Zipcar operations into several university campuses nationwide. She created the strategic vision and managed the sales, marketing, and operations teams to deliver groundbreaking mobility solutions. Jenny was also the National Member Services Manager for Zipcar and was responsible for service operations in all Zipcar cities worldwide. In 2015, Jenny earned her Master’s in City Planning and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at MIT, Jenny worked in the Transportation Lab investigating mobility and urban transportation systems in low-income communities. She was also the recipient of the Public Service Center Fellowship to produce a participatory film-making project with an affordable housing community in the heart of Boston, MA.

bill lyonsWilliam Lyons, President and Founder of Fort Hill Companies, serves as a subject matter expert and trusted advisor on land use, transportation, and real estate matters. Bill has provided transportation planning and engineering services to a wide array of public and private sector clients across the United States and globally. He has served in a professional capacity with the Massachusetts Highway Department (now Massachusetts Department of Transportation – Highway Division) and as Director of Traffic & Parking for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts. Bill’s thought leadership includes the role of technological innovation in transforming our urban environments to make cities more sustainable and equitable. Bill writes a regular op-ed column for the Banker & Tradesman, where has outlined a “transportation theory of everything” grounded in a belief that autonomous vehicles will transform the built environment in every way imaginable.



7:30-8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

8:00-9:30 AM Program


Thank you to our Sponsors:


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Registration Fees:

Register online by Friday, June 3, 2016. All Registration Fees increase by $15 after June 3.

Registration Fees Members Non Members
Private Sector $ 60 $ 85
Public Sector/Nonprofit $ 45 $ 60
Young Leader (under 35) $ 45 $ 60
Student (full-time) $ 30 $ 40

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