HKUST Guangzhou’s central research hub. Credit: Zhang Chao.

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Jill Lerner Explores Regional Innovation Districts with ULI Washington

The KPF Principal spoke at the Urban Land Institute D.C. chapter’s Future Forum about how to enhance economic diversity through the creation of innovation hubs.

At the ULI Washington’s second annual Future Forum, industry leaders of both the public and private sector spoke to the conference’s theme, “Preparing for the Big Pivot – Building Our Future Around the Innovation Economy.”

In dialogue with Jim Chung, George Washington University’s Associate Vice President for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Jill discussed how to design innovation districts that feed into successful regional ecosystems, increasing the vibrancy of cities by diversifying business. She referenced her extensive portfolio of higher education projects that specialize in innovation. Last month, Jill attended the groundbreaking for the University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit, a 200,000-square-foot research and education building that also accommodates community programs. She led the development of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) campus, which serves as a catalyst for research in China’s Greater Bay Area. Jill has also played a prominent role in New York’s educational environment, with projects such as NYU’s 433 First Avenue, CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center, and Baruch College’s William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus.

The ULI Washington forum took place on January 10 from 8:30 am to 6 pm at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.