Summer Social

July 18, 2024

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder Select, Pro, and Council members and select industry guests to our Summer Social in Dumbo!

We’ll celebrate the warm weather on a private rooftop terrace as we enjoy cocktails and light bites accompanied by live jazz kindly provided by JennAir.

Dumbo, NYC

Roundtable Austin: Making Better Decisions

July 17, 2024

How do you make decisions?

Do you use a values-based decision-making framework, or another framework to check your instincts?

In this Roundtable members will share their experiences in decision-making and how the use of frameworks has influenced their memorable business decisions.

Austin, TX

Roundtable San Francisco: Seeding Innovation

July 17, 2024

We invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members to join us in San Francisco for our Roundtable titled Seeding Innovation. 

Innovation in the ways we work, and in the products and services we produce creates opportunity. Yet innovation is an ongoing proposition – it’s not enough just to innovate once. In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to seeding innovation in your field and nurturing the capability to innovate in your teams – even among the consultants you hire.

San Francisco, CA

Roundtable London: Seeding Innovation

July 17, 2024

We invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members to join us for a Roundtable on Seeding Innovation. 

Innovation in the ways we work, and in the products and services we produce creates opportunity. Yet innovation is an ongoing proposition – it’s not enough just to innovate once. In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to seeding innovation in your field and nurturing the capability to innovate in your teams – even among the consultants you hire.

London, UK

Roundtable New York: Mentors and Mentees

July 17, 2024

We invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members to join us for a Roundtable on Mentors and Mentees. 

Do you have a mentor? Do you have a mentee who looks to you for guidance?

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss the nuances of mentor/mentee relationships and the value of both having a role model and being one to others.

New York, NY

Site Tour: Perelman Performing Arts Center

July 10, 2024

We are thrilled to offer Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members a private tour of one of New York’s most sensational new buildings – the Perelman Performing Arts Center.

The creation of a performing arts center is a key component of the 2003 Master Plan developed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to rebuild the 16-acre World Trade Center campus.

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) is a 129,000 square foot building on multiple levels. The performance space offers flexible layouts in three theater spaces that can be combined to provide dozens of seating configurations, and the lobby level includes a restaurant, bar, terrace, and stage open to the public.

PAC NYC has three flexible, intimate performance spaces. Automated walls and flexible seating systems enable numerous configurations that create a range of unique experiences for audiences and artists.

The tour will be generously facilitated by Sean Michael Cummings, PAC’s Director of Individual Giving, and led by direct project collaborators sharing their first-hand experiences working on the building.

PAC NYC

Workshop: Financial Management for Service and Consulting Businesses

June 27, 2024

Many of the businesses that make up the built environment industry have service-based business models: architects, interior designers, engineers, accountants, publicists, strategists, brand designers, photographers, and more. These businesses can be challenging to manage and grow, partly because a service model tempts us to over-deliver value to please the client. We hope to sustain the project, perhaps earn repeat business, or win future referrals.

The online workshop will be led by financial management consultant, Yotam Kedem. While Yotam is an expert in financial management for architecture and engineering firms, insights from his experience will apply across many of the disciplines in our diverse professional community. We encourage you to join us!

Zoom

Roundtable: Making Great Decisions

June 20, 2024

How do you make critical decisions? Do you use a values-based decision-making framework, or another framework to check your instincts?

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss strategies and insights on how to make better decisions and ease decision fatigue.

NYC, New York

Site Tour: Alloy Block

June 12, 2024

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to a private tour of the newly opened Alloy Block.

The Alloy Block, Downtown is five buildings, old and new, adjacent to Atlantic Terminal, that provide residential, educational, office, cultural, and retail spaces for people in Downtown Brooklyn.

Alloy Development led the development of New York’s first All-Electric Skyscraper, a mixed-use tower with 440 market rate and affordable homes and retail spaces along Flatbush Avenue. The building is the first tower of phase 1 of The Alloy Block and the inclusive design celebrates the creation of new spaces for diverse groups of people to live, work, and thrive. Community engagement and support of local non-profits have been central project goals and the tour will be led by designers who worked on various aspects of this project.

Brooklyn, NY

Pro & Council Spring Cocktails: Artemest Galleria

June 05, 2024

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members and select guests to our Spring Social at Artemest Galleria in Chelsea, NYC!

Join us for a fun and informal gathering for Brick & Wonder members, and guests interested in learning more about the Brick & Wonder community.

We’ll celebrate Spring in NYC in a beautiful and newly renovated indoor-outdoor space.

NYC, New York

Workshop: Financial Modeling for Real Estate Development

May 23, 2024

Want to build your understanding of real estate development deal analysis? Interested in starting your own speculative development project? This Workshop is for you!

Led by Lead Analyst at Accredev, Stephon Smith, this online session will cover the fundamentals of commercial real estate (CRE) financial model design. It will focus on the key elements that are most often omitted from financial models, including multi-perspective project cost analysis, income offsets, dynamic debt constraints, and financial statement design, among others.

Zoom

Site Tour Austin: Community First! Village

May 23, 2024

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members in Austin & beyond to a private tour of the Community First! Village in Austin, TX, featuring 3D printed homes from ICON.

Community First! Village occupies 51 acres on Hog Eye Road in northeast Travis County.

This remarkable community development has been described by the New York Times as “one of the nation’s largest experiments in affordable housing to address chronic homelessness.

It is currently home to more than 350 formerly homeless neighbors. With the completion of all homes projected by the end of 2023, it will soon provide housing and community for as many as 500 of our friends who once struggled to survive on the streets of Austin.

Community First! Village, Austin, TX

Roundtable: How to Handle Client Relationship Breakdowns

May 22, 2024

Though we enter new client engagements with energy, enthusiasm, and high hopes for what the future holds, the reality of realizing any built project is that it places stress on the clients, the project collaborators, and on the original vision for the project.

We are wise to counsel clients (before we engage!) that there will be ups and downs, and that this process can often be additive, though it seldom feels like it at the time.

Many projects survive or even flourish in the crucible of getting the work done. Others, for a variety of reasons, do not.

NYC, New York

Site Visit: Manitoga Residence and Russel Wright Design Center

May 16, 2024

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to a private tour of the Manitoga Residence and Russel Wright Design Center on Thursday May 16th 2024.

Located in Garrison, New York, approximately one hour north of New York City, Manitoga is the former home and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976), envisioned with his wife Mary Einstein Wright (d. 1952) for their family. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and one of the few 20th-century modern homes with original landscape open to the public.

In 2021, the Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery opened to the public, offering a permanent onsite display of the Wrights’ groundbreaking designs for the American home.

Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center stewards Manitoga as the embodiment of the Wright’s design philosophy and life work and celebrates good design for living in creative harmony with nature through tours, programs, events, and free year-round access to woodland trails.

Garrison, NY

Roundtable London: The Power of Collaboration

May 02, 2024

We’re delighted to welcome Brick & Wonder members and select guests to our inaugural London Roundtable, generously hosted by Brick & Wonder member firm, Hayes Davidson.

Intuitively, we know that we go further together. Collaboration may help us do better work, and it can even increase the joy in the work we do, but in the crucible of doing our best work, things can sometimes get heated…

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss strategies and insights for developing and sustaining collaborations that unlock new opportunities in business growth.

London, UK

Roundtable Austin: The Sustainable Building Imperative

April 30, 2024

The built environment contributes up to 42% of global carbon emissions. These emissions take the form of embodied carbon needed to build and repair buildings, and the operational carbon that buildings consume to stay warm or cool, connected, and productive.

As professionals designing and building the places people live, work, and play, we are both part of the problem and part of the solution.

This Roundtable will explore the imperative to build better, more sustainable buildings. Our lives and the future of life on our planet depend on it.

Austin, TX

Roundtable: Forging a Team of Leaders

April 24, 2024

We’re pleased to offer our first-ever San Francisco Roundtable on the topic “Forging a Team of Leaders”.

Leadership is an essential component of entrepreneurship – we have to inspire others to follow us (and hire us!) to take on great challenges, even hardships, in pursuit of our goals.

As businesses grow, it also becomes critical to nurture other leaders in our organizations who can lead in areas that are not our strengths, whether that might be sales, marketing, finance, operations, or even management itself.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to nurturing leadership in our teams and how this can increase our ability to scale and take on more complex challenges.

San Francisco

Roundtable: Forging a Team of Leaders

April 24, 2024

Leadership is an essential component of entrepreneurship – we have to inspire others to follow us (and hire us!) to take on great challenges, even hardships, in pursuit of our goals.

As businesses grow, it also becomes critical to nurture other leaders in our organizations who can lead in areas that are not our strengths, whether that might be sales, marketing, finance, operations, or even management itself.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to nurturing leadership in our teams and how this can increase our ability to scale and take on more complex challenges.

NYC, New York

Workshop: Newlab – A Public Affairs Case Study

April 17, 2024

Following a Brick & Wonder Site Tour of Newlab in the Brooklyn Navy Yards in February this year, we’re thrilled to present a Public Affairs Case Study of the Newlab development project.

Public Affairs and Partnerships are often overlooked aspects of taking a real estate development project from concept to commissioned building.

How do major and especially innovative real estate projects like Newlab take shape, and, in turn, shape our cities?

Zoom

Roundtable: The Power of Collaboration

March 28, 2024

Intuitively, we know that we go further together. Collaboration may help us do better work, and it can even increase the joy in the work we do, but in the crucible of doing our best work, things can sometimes get heated…

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss strategies and insights for developing and sustaining collaborations that unlock new opportunities in business growth.

NYC, New York

Special Event: Design For Freedom Summit

March 26, 2024

Join the Brick & Wonder team at the Design for Freedom 2024 Summit at Grace Farms on March 26th as we come together for a day of action and awareness.

Grace Farms’ Design For Freedom initiative accelerates the movement to eliminate forced labor from the building materials supply chain by engaging leaders from architecture, interior design, manufacturing, policy, owners, and developers, as well as engaged community members and not-for-profits that are committed to a more humane future.

Grace Farms, Connecticut

Workshop: Branding the Built Environment – The Strategic Process

March 13, 2024

Brand is as essential as it can seem ephemeral. How do we define it, craft it, and drive its visibility in a noisy and competitive landscape?

How should it evolve over time? And when is it time to throw it all out and start again, with the huge undertaking of a strategic re-brand?

Brand strategy matters to businesses – and to buildings – and there isn’t a fixed formula for making it work.

In this workshop, we’re thrilled to invite Alexandra Thom, Executive Creative Director at Revolver, to walk through project examples with substantial strategic foundations and share some guiding principles that shape the way she and her highly creative team think about designing and developing brands.

Zoom

Workshop: Cultural Projects — In Conversation with Gabriel Smith

February 22, 2024

For this online Workshop, we’re thrilled to invite you to join Brick & Wonder Founder Drew Lang as he hosts a conversation exploring the dynamics of cultural projects with acclaimed museum architect and Brick & Wonder member, Gabriel Smith, Principal at Allied Works.

Cultural spaces hold a special place in our hearts, and for good reason: they are spaces devoted entirely to the joy of human expression and creation. They are also spaces to which access is largely democratic. Though great architecture can create exceptional private homes, luxury condo developments, cutting-edge office buildings, and even exceptional infrastructure, museums and galleries are one vehicle for architectural expression and creativity that anyone can enjoy.

Zoom

Roundtable: Performance Under Pressure

February 21, 2024

Entrepreneurship, leadership, and management all create great stress and pressure on those who lead, but we don’t always succeed in managing these moments well.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss strategies and insights for navigating intense workplace pressure, avoiding failure, and supporting those we lead and manage to do the same.

NYC, New York

Site Visit: Newlab

February 15, 2024

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to a private tour of New Lab – a remarkable adaptive reuse project located in The Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Newlab is a multi-disciplinary, high-tech design and prototyping center that opened in 2016 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

DBI Projects led the development and project management of Newlab from conceptual planning and financing through entitlements, construction and completion.

DBI engineered the Public-Private Partnership between the developer, Macro Sea, the property owner, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp, and the State of New York through the Empire State Development Corporation and the City of New York through the Brooklyn Borough President, the City Council and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Newlab was founded to address significant societal needs by scaling and commercializing emerging technologies and companies.

Today, Newlab includes more than 900 entrepreneurs, partnerships with forward-thinking corporate and civic entities, and the support of domain experts—all working together to scale frontier technologies.

Brooklyn, NY

Workshop: Is Design + Build the Silver Bullet for Optimizing Construction?

January 24, 2024

We invite you to join Brick & Wonder Founder Drew Lang as he hosts a conversation with acclaimed Design + Build Architect Tom Gluck, Principal at Gluck+ Architects.

In new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse, traditional approaches to design and construction involve an architect leading the design phase, and a general contractor executing the construction by assembling the right team of subcontractors, creating a triangular relationship with the client.

While there is certainly room for mastery in both these siloed disciplines were not always as separate as they seem today. Each approach has benefits and drawbacks, but as US construction costs climb ever higher, there is a case to be made for streamlining project delivery. Design + Build approaches promise to do just that – but do they live up to the claim?

Zoom

Roundtable Austin: Intelligent Risk

January 23, 2024

Risk is an essential dimension in business (and life!), but it can be the making or undoing of businesses, ideas, partnerships, projects, and teams.

How do you manage and take risks in your business? What are the qualities or factors you weigh in taking risks? What is the course you are plotting with the risks you’re taking?

We invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members to join us in Austin for a Roundtable on Intelligent Risk. 

Austin, TX

Professional Portrait Day

January 23, 2024

Are you in need of a new professional headshot?

Join us in January as we offer a day of complimentary headshot photo sessions to Pro & Council members with the talented portrait photographer Harry Zernike. This is the perfect opportunity to update your professional image.

NYC, New York

Roundtable: Refining Client Experiences

January 18, 2024

Research shows eight in ten customers are willing to pay more for a better customer experience.

The moments when we kick off and close out client engagements present opportunities to create high-impact, memorable experiences. There are certainly other opportunities along the way, including how we handle emerging project challenges or bad news about timelines and budgets.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss strategies and insights on how to foster impactful, innovative, and sustainable client experiences and relationships.

Dumbo, NYC

Stephen Burks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

December 01, 2023

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to a private tour of Shelter in Place, a new exhibition featuring the work of Stephen Burks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Winner of the 2023 Collab Design Excellence Award, Chicago native Stephen Burks is an industrial designer whose innovative approach to design synthesizes craft, community, and industry. Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place, which originated at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), surveys the last ten years of Burks’ craft-centered, workshop-based design practice at midcareer.

In addition to global craft projects, furniture, lighting fixtures, and other industrial products, the exhibition features a new speculative project—Shelter in Place—which explores new ideas regarding our relationship with our homes, especially in the wake of a global pandemic, and invites active participation from visitors.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Roundtable: Reading the Room

November 16, 2023

Everyone has surely imagined what it would be like to read another person’s mind: the potential client, disappointed by the presentation but unwilling to concede exactly why; the potential hire, unwilling to reveal their true levers in a hiring negotiation.

Our inability to read minds is probably a blessing – we may not always like what we’d find. But this doesn’t stop us from trying to anticipate and second-guess people. Occasionally we might nail it, but, perhaps overwhelmingly we’re more likely to be wrong than right. Join us as we dig into the dynamics of trying to read the room, or failing to, and the effects this can have on our business and personal growth.

NYC, New York

Council Dinner

November 15, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder Council Members and select guests to join us downtown for an exclusive dinner at award-winning chef Marc Forgione’s restaurant, Peasant.

An intimate evening of delicious rustic Italian fare, wine pairings, and compelling conversation in a private wine cellar. Iron Chef winner, Marc Forgione, is a pillar of the New York dining scene, and an internationally acclaimed voice in the industry; we’re thrilled to experience and explore his cuisine collectively.

 

Nolita

Art as an Amenity in the Built Environment

November 09, 2023

Join Sugarlift Founder Wright Harvey and Director Sylvie Kuvin to explore the role fine art plays in the built environment.

Whether it is a large-scale installation placed in the lobby of a commercial building, or a small still-life oil painting in a collector’s home, artwork curation and sourcing is a significant and often-overlooked element of spatial design.

Harvey and Kuvin will delve into case studies showcasing the impact that curated artwork can make in transforming public and private built environments.

Private Zoom Meeting

Pro & Council Fall Cocktails: Maxwell Social

October 25, 2023

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council Members and select guests to join us for drinks and canapés at Maxwell Social, Tribeca’s newest private club.

We’ll gather in this lavish, moody, and intimate space for cocktails and conversation. This is the perfect opportunity to explore an exciting new venue and connect with members of our community in person.

Private Event - NYC

Roundtable: Thought Leadership

October 19, 2023

In this roundtable we will explore ways to build your personal influence through creative thought leadership, and why this work is valuable in your own professional development, and in order to grow your business.

Soho

ADFF:NY

October 13, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder members and select guests to join us at the Architecture & Design Film Festival!

We’re offering complimentary tickets to the screening of the US premiere of The Power of Utopia – Living with Le Corbusier in Chandigarh. This compelling film will be followed by a conversation with accomplished podcaster, Avery Trufelman.

This film dives into Le Corbusier’s planned city of Chandigarh, and explores an important question– did Corbu create a utopian masterpiece or a modernist nightmare?

East Village

Workshop: Designing for Smart Homes

October 11, 2023

We’re pleased to invite Brick & Wonder members and their teams to participate in this online workshop focused on Smart Home design.

Clients and end-users increasingly expect smart interactions with built spaces, whether to control the lighting, music, temperature, or access security.

As the teams building these spaces, we need to understand the user needs to which smart buildings must respond.

Zoom

WRLDCTY 2023

October 03, 2023

WRLDCTY is the Global Forum for Urban Innovation. The conference connects a global community around expertly curated sessions and workshops that uncover, provoke, and inspire inventive solutions transforming cities around the world.

Brick & Wonder members are invited to attend and can use the promo code found in our private community site for discounted registration.

Times Center, New York, NY

Workshop: Productizing a Service

September 28, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder members to participate in this online workshop exploring the process and experience of productizing a service.

Are you intrigued by the idea of transforming your professional service into a tangible product? Join us for an insightful presentation on the art of Productizing a Service. This program dives into the world of shaping your expertise into a product, offering a path to consistent delivery, predictable outcomes, and enhanced profitability.

 

Zoom

Roundtable Austin: Seeding Innovation

September 26, 2023

We’re excited to invite our community in Austin to join us at Michael Hsu’s studio in Austin, TX for this Roundtable titled Seeding Innovation. 

Innovation in the ways we work, and in the products and services we produce creates opportunity. Yet innovation is an ongoing proposition – it’s not enough just to innovate once. In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to seeding innovation in your field and nurturing the capability to innovate in your teams – even among the consultants you hire.

 

Austin, TX

Roundtable: Sales & Selling

September 21, 2023

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to join us at Stickbulb in Long Island City for our Roundtable, Sales & Selling. Stickbulb is an innovative lighting design studio that utilizes reclaimed wood to craft stunning modern pieces, and their large loft space functions as both their showroom and their manufacturing studio.

In this Roundtable we’ll discuss the way survival and growth in business depend on sales and selling, but for many, the process is exhausting, emotionally fraught and a distraction from the satisfaction of doing the work we’re required to sell.

Stickbulb

Site Tour: Brooklyn Grange

September 12, 2023

We’re excited to invite Pro & Council members to a site tour of Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

This working urban farm spans a huge rooftop and is embedded in the fabric of NYC— supplying local communities with healthy food, acting as an educational resource for both children and adults, and bringing much-needed green space to an otherwise very industrial area of the city.

Brooklyn Grange not only has 3 robust and functional farms spread out across Brooklyn and Queens, but they also design, install, and maintain green roofs throughout NYC. This site tour will be led by the CEO and Founder of Brooklyn Grange, Ben Flanner.

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn BBQ!

August 02, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder members to a BBQ hosted by fellow member and furniture designer Mark Jupiter at his studio in Dumbo!

Join us for a fun and casual summer gathering, connect with our community over food and drinks, and spend a beautiful evening in the heart of Dumbo.

Space is limited so please RSVP.

DUMBO

Professional Headshot Day

July 27, 2023

Please join us in July as we offer complimentary headshot sessions with the talented photographer and Brick & Wonder member, Conor Harrigan. This is the perfect opportunity to update your image and this is open to all Brick & Wonder members, but space is limited.

 

Lang Architecture

Expanding Business Ownership

July 20, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder members to join us at the beautiful Henrybuilt showroom in Soho for our July Roundtable, Expanding Business Ownership.

As your business grows, it becomes increasingly critical to retain senior team members that have deep institutional knowledge, valuable client and collaborator relationships, and tailored experience in core business activities.

One of the best means available to promote retention is a structured business ownership program, which gives senior leaders a stake in business outcomes.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss the notion of expanding business ownership by extending Profits Interests, or Shares (of different kinds) to senior team members.

Henrybuilt, 12 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

PARTY – Summer Social

July 13, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder members and their guests to our Summer Social at Olympia Dumbo in Brooklyn!

Join us for a fun and informal gathering for Brick & Wonder members, as well as guests interested in learning more about the Brick & Wonder community. We’ll celebrate the summer season on the private rooftop terrace of the newest addition to the Dumbo skyline.

Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP is required!

Lower East Side

How to Transition Your Company on Your Terms

July 06, 2023

We invite all Brick & Wonder members to join us for this workshop on business transition planning, as we explore the ins and outs of transitioning your company on your own terms.

It’s crucial to start planning for your transition, whether it comes next year or in a decade. Given recent business cycles, supply chain challenges, and talent issues, owners may be thinking about their next stage sooner than expected. In this workshop, we will discuss a 3-step framework to transition your business on your terms, and gain clarity on some of the biggest decisions of your life.

This workshop, will be led by Laurie Barkman, who works with entrepreneurs on their journey from transition to transaction, from creating value to letting go. She provides a structured process for business owners to plan successful transitions of their companies.

Private Zoom Meeting

Social Media Strategy & Branding for the Built Environment

June 29, 2023

We’re excited to invite all Brick & Wonder members to join us for this compelling workshop exploring social media and branding as it pertains to the built environment industry. The social media landscape is a fast-paced and ever-changing one, it can be challenging to follow and keep up with, but when used to its fullest capacity it can be incredibly powerful. This workshop is the perfect opportunity to discover new tools, discuss best practices & current trends, and ask questions both big and small.

This workshop will be led by Heather Samples, a partner and the head of strategy at Transport, a New York-based creative studio specializing in brand identities and campaigns. Formerly an educator and executive communications leader at CUNY, the Cooper Union and Columbia University, she approaches brand strategy as an opportunity to tell stories that change how people think and behave. Heather has helped startups, global corporations, and many brands in between show up with intention and humanity, including Walmart, Citrix, TIAA, Kate Spade, Cole Haan, and Bonobos.

Private Zoom Meeting

Intelligent Risk

June 22, 2023

We invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council members to join us in Brooklyn at Public Records for a Roundtable on Intelligent Risk. Public Records is an innovative multi-use space that caters to audiophiles and tastemakers, is known for its impact on the global music scene, its design forward aesthetic, and its commitment to sustainability. We’re excited to explore The Nursery, the newest addition to the venue.

We’ll discuss risk, which is an essential dimension in business (and life!), but can lead to the making or undoing of businesses, ideas, partnerships, projects and teams.

How do you manage and take risks in your business? What are the qualities or factors you weigh in taking risks? What is the course you are plotting with the risks you’re taking?

Public Records

NYCXDESIGN Opening Party

May 18, 2023

Are you excited about NYCxDESIGN? NYC’s official festival of design — May 18th – May 25th.

Kick-off NYCxDESIGN at The Opening Party on May 18th at The Spiral, one of NYC’s most exciting new skyscrapers.

Join industry professionals and fellow Brick & Wonder members for a special evening hosted by Studio by Tishman Speyer and Hem. Enjoy a playful installation of established design pieces alongside brand-new editions and experience Bjarke Ingles Group’s architectural work of human-centric sustainable design.

Book tickets here

The Spiral - 66 Hudson Blvd E 65th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Hiring & Firing

May 18, 2023

Whether hiring for growth, for a niche skillset, for diversity, or for a new strategic initiative, the process can be time-consuming and even overwhelming.

For small businesses (and especially for service providers) knowing the right time to hire, and making time to get the process right is a difficult balancing act, but one that has the potential to yield transformative results over time.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss some of the common pitfalls with recruitment (and firing), and some of the tools and techniques that can accelerate the processes and improve outcomes.

R & Company

What is a Fractional CFO?

May 11, 2023

We invite Brick & Wonder members to join this Member Workshop on financial strategies for small to medium-sized companies in the built environment industry.

The ins and outs of owning and operating a business are never-ending and at times can feel overwhelming, leaving business owners without the bandwidth or support to maximize financial opportunities.

With 13 years of financial management of the NYC design studio Roman & Williams under his belt, Jay De Bari leads De Bari & Co., a strategic financial planning practice that focuses on supporting and guiding businesses through all aspects of fiscal movement and growth.

Private Zoom Meeting

Spring Cocktails – Gessi Soho

May 10, 2023

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council Members and select guests to join us for drinks and canapés at the Soho home of Italian wellness brand, Gessi.

Gessi Soho, New York

Facade Renovation & Retrofits: Cocktails & Case Study

May 04, 2023

This public panel, in partnership with Passive House Accelerator, will explore current opportunities and challenges in Facade Renovation and Retrofits, with a focus on NYC. Hosted at Brickworks New York Design Studio, we’ll hear from an interdisciplinary panel bringing financial, municipal, owner, and designer perspectives to bear on a thorny issue at the center of NYC’s built environment future.

The panel will be moderated by Michael Ingui, Architect and Founder of Passive House Accelerator. Panelists TBA.

NYC, New York

Learning From Mistakes

April 20, 2023

We invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to the New York home of COOKFOX Studio, an integrated and multidisciplinary architecture firm that aims to design and advocate for a more sustainable future.

If you believe “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” you know the stories we tell about our past are almost as important as the experiences themselves. But how can we ensure we learn the proper lessons? And how can we best apply these lessons to the present and future?

In this Roundtable, we’ll dive into how our past influences our decision-making.

COOKFOX, New York

Private Dinner at The Set

April 05, 2023

We’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder Council Members and select guests to join us for drinks and dinner at Hudson Yard’s newest addition, The Set.

The Set is a stunning residential high-rise, designed by Handel Architects + March and White Design, developed by Related.

Standing at 44 stories with jaw-dropping views, part of what sets this building apart is its commitment to art and design; the developers collaborated with Brick & Wonder member, Sugarlift Gallery, which curated all of the art in the building’s common spaces, furnished units, and the restaurant.

Refreshments and a three-course dinner will be served. The meal will be prepared and executed by James Beard Award-winning chef, restauranteur, and author, Dan Kluger.

NYC, New York

Site Visit: 450 Warren

March 29, 2023

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to a private tour of 450 Warren Street in Brooklyn, NY, on Thursday March 29th. Designed by SO-IL, and sitting on the crossroads of Boerum Hill and Gowanus, this stunning, modern, multi-unit building, questions the way residential design impacts how we interact with and form community. The architects utilize greenery, light, and shared spaces to inform the way residents move, feel, and connect, both with each other, and with the place they call home.

The tour will be led by Tankhouse + SO-IL, and followed by coffee and light refreshments in the penthouse hosted by Esteban Gomez.

450 Warren St., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Design your Annual Strategic Marketing Plan

March 23, 2023

With a clear, quantifiable, and realistic annual marketing strategy, you can continually achieve success with your advertising and sales efforts. No matter your industry or company size, a solid marketing plan can help you effectively meet your company goals.

 

Private Zoom Meeting

Making Better Decisions

March 16, 2023

How do you make decisions? Do you use a values-based decision-making framework, or another framework to check your instincts?

In our Roundtable format, we invite members to come prepared with a specific anecdote, based on personal experience, responding to one of the following discussion prompts in under two minutes.

  • What’s an example of a value you engage when weighing decisions?
  • What’s an example where you’ve used a framework to lead you to an important decision, and what was the result?
  • What’s an example of a decision you made which didn’t use a framework, and what was the downside?

 

Assembly Line, Brooklyn

Aligning Vision & Execution

February 23, 2023

Join us for an open Workshop on connecting vision and execution.

Led by Mark J. Sheeran, the Founder + Principal Advisor at Odyssey Advisors, we’ll be focusing on acquiring the perspective and structure needed to scale your business while reducing your own involvement in the day-to-day.

Private Zoom Meeting

The Specialist vs. The Generalist

February 16, 2023

Most are familiar with the adage “jack of all trades, master of none.” You’ve likely debated the pitfalls of specialization or generalization in your business and personal skill set. Whether project types, services offered, or clients cultivated, it can be hard to choose between perfecting your niche or expanding your offerings.

In this Roundtable, we’ll explore how real estate and design rewards and punishes specialization, generalization, and the area in between.

Rich Brilliant Willing, Soho

Hiring & Retention

January 26, 2023

We invite Brick & Wonder members, their teams, collaborators, and colleagues to join this open Workshop on building your creative dream team.

Billy Clark and Clayton Apgar lead BCCM Talent Acquisition and Everett Hollander leads BCCM Advisory, a business strategy and executive leadership practice focused on company culture, corporate finance, operations, and organizational structure. In this Q&A on attracting and retaining talent, the conversation will focus on the following: Hiring is Casting, Centrality of Culture, Comp Question, and Benefits of Benefits.

Private Zoom Meeting

Resilience in Life and Business

January 19, 2023

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as business and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from difficult experiences, it can also catalyze personal growth.

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss methods and strategies for cultivating resilience in your professional life and share lessons learned from past brushes with adversity.

Broadway-Chambers Building, New York

Collaboration for Growth

November 17, 2022

In this Discussion, we invite Brick & Wonder members to join us for a conversation focused on collaboration as a tool for leveling up your work and growing your business.

Private Zoom Meeting

Fall Cocktails – The Spiral

November 03, 2022

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council Members and select guests to join us for drinks and canapés at The Spiral.

Designed by BIG and developed by Tishman Speyer, The Spiral features a dramatic series of cascading terraces that reach every tower floor, delivering light, fresh air, and access to outdoor space.

We’ll gather near the top floor for amazing sunset views and endless opportunities to connect.

The Spiral, New York

Ask the Publicist

October 20, 2022

In this Discussion, we invite Brick & Wonder members to join us for a conversation focused on the role of publicity in growing businesses and public visibility for teams and leaders.

Private Zoom Meeting

High-Performance Building: Cocktails & Case Study

October 13, 2022

This public panel, in partnership with Passive House Accelerator, will explore an expanded definition of high-performance building.

Hosted at Brickworks New York Design Studio, we’ll hear from an interdisciplinary project team on solutions to the built environment’s carbon problem. COOXFOX’s recently completed Betances Residence will serve as a case study. The affordable housing development in the Bronx is passive house certified and incorporates biophilic and active design to support residents’ health and well-being.

Moderated by Michael Ingui, Architect and Founder of Passive House Accelerator, the complete speaker list will be announced shortly.

Brickworks Design Studio

Present Me vs. Future Me

October 06, 2022

You’ve probably read about the Marshmallow Experiment and wondered how you might have performed balancing the offer of immediate gratification with the promise of a greater future reward if you could wait a little longer.

Saving, investing, and certainly growing a business requires mastery of the same mechanism – deferring immediate gratification to build and gain something more valuable in the future. In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss how we balance taking care of Present Me and Future Me, and how we can create alignment with the teams we lead around the promise of future value while balancing their nearer-term needs.

Broadway-Chambers Building, New York

Sales & Selling

September 22, 2022

In this Discussion, we invite Brick & Wonder members for a conversation focused on sales and selling. Survival and growth in business depend on sales and selling, but, for many, the process is exhausting, emotionally fraught and a distraction from the satisfaction of doing the work we’re required to sell.

Private Zoom Meeting

Seeding Innovation | Olson Kundig Studio Visit

September 15, 2022

Innovation in the ways we work, and in the products and servivces we produce creates opportunity. Yet innovation is an ongoing proposition – it’s not enough just to innovate once. In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to seeding innovation in the work you do, and nuturing the capability to innovate in the teams you work with – even in the consultants you hire to deliver your work. This Roundtable will take place at Olson Kundig’s new studio in New York.

Olson Kundig, New York

Managing Your Margins

July 21, 2022

In this Discussion, we invite Brick & Wonder members for a conversation focused on managing margins in their business operations. In any business, but perhaps especially in service-based business models, managing margins can be an extremely difficult aspect of business management.

Private Zoom Meeting

The Obstacle is The Way

July 20, 2022

Everyone knows the axiom “you’ve got to go through it to get to it,” but sometimes it’s not clear whether an obstacle is to be avoided or hurdled, or whether pushing through it the hard way might be the best, or only way. In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss approaches to navigating the business and personal challenges that stand in our way, from confronting them directly to trying to steer clear. What’s the right approach, and when, and how do you asses the kind of obstacles you face?

Spring Place, New York

Summer Social

July 13, 2022

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder members and their guests for our Summer Social at Spring Terrace in Tribeca!

This will be an informal gathering for Brick & Wonder members, as well as guests interested in learning more about the Brick & Wonder community.

Refreshments and light bites will be provided at the beginning of the evening.

Spring Place, New York

Hell Yes, or No | Saint Marks Place Site Tour

June 23, 2022

In all businesses and projects, competing priorities can create decision fatigue that clouds our judgement and impacts the outcomes of our work. How do you decide what really matters to you and your business? And how do you get at your true values? This Roundtable will take place at Saint Marks Place and include a tour of the stunning development.

Spring Place, New York

UAP Foundry Tour

June 17, 2022

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder Pro & Council members to a private tour of the UAP | Urban Art Projects (formerly Polich Tallix) Foundry just outside Beacon, NY on Friday June 17th.

UAP Foundry, Rock Tavern, NY 12575

Growth Relationships

June 15, 2022

In this Discussion, we invite Brick & Wonder members to join us for a conversation focused on the value of identifying, pursuing and building growth relationships in order to level up in your work.

Private Zoom Meeting

Catalyzing Success

May 26, 2022

Sometimes we find ourselves needing or benefitting from steaks of success that build one upon the other. Recognizing this pattern, and the need to make our own luck to benefit from it, how do you think about building from one success to the next in your business?

Spring Place, New York

On Time, On Budget

May 19, 2022

In this Discussion, we invite Brick & Wonder members to join our conversation focused on the tools and processes you use to keep projects on time and on budget.

Private Zoom Meeting

Living in the Future

April 28, 2022

Are you following the status quo or are you operating ahead of the curve? Real estate is speculative by nature – nothing that is designed is built immediately, so the work is always looking forward to some future state.

Spring Place, New York

Leveraging Thought Leadership

April 21, 2022

In this Discussion, our conversation will focus on using thought leadership to bring value to your team, clients and industry colleagues, elevating your profile and becoming more visible for the work you do.

Private Zoom Meeting

Cocktails & Canapés

April 20, 2022

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder Pro and Council Members and select guests to join us for drinks and canapés at Zanotta House in Greenwich Village.

Zanotta House

Grace Farms Design For Freedom Summit

March 31, 2022

Join Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder of Grace Farms Foundation, and Design for Freedom Working Group members for a day-long summit exploring corporate ethical responsibility and the government policies that impact forced labor in the global building materials supply chain.

365 Lukes Wood Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA

Growth Strategies

March 17, 2022

In this Discussion we welcome all Brick & Wonder members to join a conversation focused on strategies they are engaging to level up and grow – personally, professionally and for their businesses.

Private Zoom Meeting

Failed Flooring

March 10, 2022

We invite Brick & Wonder members, their teams, collaborators and colleagues to join this open Workshop on hardwood and engineered wood flooring installation.

Private Zoom Meeting

Intelligent Risk

March 10, 2022

Risk is an essential dimension in business (and life!), but it can be the making or undoing of businesses, ideas, partnerships, projects and teams. How do you manage and take risks in your business?

Spring Place, New York

Brand Stories

February 24, 2022

In this Discussion, our conversation will focus on approaches to ideating, developing and telling your brand stories to extend your reach and cut through the noise.

Private Zoom Meeting

The Essence of Leadership

February 17, 2022

What does leadership mean for you in your business? What leadership mean for you in relation to your work in the built environment industry?

Spring Place, New York

Private Lending for Speculative Development

February 10, 2022

In this Member-led Discussion, our conversation will focus on understanding the landscape of lending products available for small to mid-scale speculative (spec) development projects.

Private Zoom Meeting

Successful Contracts

February 03, 2022

For this workshop, we welcome Jamie Lieberman, Founder of Hashtag-Legal, to guide us through the core components of successfully written contracts, best practices and common pitfalls.

Private Zoom Meeting

Making Better Decisions

January 27, 2022

How do you make decisions? Do you use a values-based decision making framework, or another framework to check your instincts?

Spring Place, New York

The Built Environment: Transformed

January 20, 2022

In this Discussion, our conversation will focus on the changes to the built environment itself – the industry, the world of work, leisure and home life – that have come about due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Private Zoom Meeting

How to Spend ERC Funding

December 08, 2021

Following a discussion thread we ran on the Brick & Wonder forum, we invite Brick & Wonder members to join an informal conversation with fellow members who have received Employee Retention Credit (ERC) funds.

Private Zoom Meeting

Bring Your Presentations to Life

November 18, 2021

Want to raise your shortlist interview hit rate? Feel more confident when you speak in public? Successfully navigate your virtual meetings? In this fun, interactive 90-minute Graceworks workshop, we’ll share a strong foundation for presenting and communicating both in person and online.

Private Zoom Meeting

BassamFellows Design Studio – Private Tour

November 06, 2021

We are pleased to invite Brick & Wonder members, their families and team members to a private tour of the BassamFellows Design Studio in Ridgefield, Connecticut on Saturday November 6th.

BassamFellows HQ, Ridgefield, CT

Sales & Selling

October 28, 2021

Survival and growth in business depend on sales and selling, but, for many, the process is exhausting, emotionally fraught and a distraction from the satisfaction of doing the work we’re required to sell.

2 Park Pl, New York, NY 10007, USA

Creative Feedback

October 14, 2021

Providing creative feedback requires the highest engagement of our social & emotional skills in order to be constructive, fair, supportive, helpful and critical all with the same few choice words.  This Workshop will focus on developing your skills and techniques for giving and receiving Creative Feedback.

Private Zoom Meeting

Rooftop Gathering

October 13, 2021

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder members and select guests to join us for drinks and canapés on the rooftop at 488 Sterling Place in Brooklyn, a new passsive house condominium development from The Brooklyn Home Company.

488 Sterling Place Rooftop

Goal Setting

September 22, 2021

In this Roundtable our co-leaders will dig into your goals for the coming year, show you how to track and measure progress, and help you reverse engineer a path to achieve them.

Private Zoom Meeting

Open Restaurants Volunteer Build Weekend

September 18, 2021

After many weeks of fundraising, research, design and co-ordinating between our volunteer teams, we’ve now raised the funds to go ahead and build outdoor dining structures for Settepani and NBHD!

196 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026, USA

Helping Your Clients Move

September 17, 2021

For this Workshop, we’re thrilled to have two Brick & Wonder members sharing their combined decades of experience helping clients prepare for and manage moving house as painlessly as possible.

Private Zoom Meeting

Around Manhattan Boat Tour

August 26, 2021

We are pleased to partner with Classic Harbor Line and the AIA to offer Brick & Wonder members a boat tour circumnavigating Manhattan, with architectural commentary from a registered AIA tour guide.

61 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

Shop Talk

August 13, 2021

SHOP TALK is a monthly event for Brick & Wonder members to gather informally, talk shop, share resources, knowledge and project updates.

Private Zoom Meeting

Rooftop Gathering

July 22, 2021

We’re thrilled to invite Brick & Wonder members and their guests to join us for drinks and canapés at Spring Terrace in Tribeca!

Spring Terrace, Tribeca, NYC

Supercharging Business Creativity

July 15, 2021

In this Roundtable our seasoned co-leaders will help attendees explore the meaning of creativity in business, and the value of applying, nurturing and growing organizational creativity as a tool for innovation, problem solving and growth.

Private Zoom Meeting

The Future of Modular Architecture with David Wallace

July 01, 2021

We are on the cusp of a transformative change in the way we design and build our cities. Join us as we sit down with David Wallace to dig into his fifteen years of research, technical development and design on the subject of Modular Architecture.

2021-07-01 7:00:00 PM

(Re)Building Office Culture

June 24, 2021

After more than a year of remote work, teams are finally now re-emerging to gather in shared offices and workspaces. But what, if anything has changed? And how do we begin to rebuild the team dynamics, collaboration and workplace culture that was taken from us in the pandemic?

Private Zoom Meeting

Shop Talk

June 11, 2021

SHOP TALK is a monthly event for Brick & Wonder members to gather informally, talk shop, share resources, knowledge and project updates. This month our topic focus is on the renovation boom and post-covid supply chain shortages.

Private Zoom Meeting

Virtual Tour: At The Luss House with Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing

June 03, 2021

We’re thrilled to offer Brick & Wonder members and their guests a chance to virtually tour The Gerald Luss House in Ossining, NY on the occasion of the exhibition, At The Luss House, organized by Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing.

Public Zoom Webinar

Getting Teams Vaccinated & Back to Work

May 26, 2021

We invite Brick & Wonder GC’s and any guests to discuss the challenges of getting large teams fully vaccinated and back to work.

Private Zoom Meeting

Expanding Business Ownership

May 20, 2021

In this Roundtable, we’ll discuss the notion of expanding business ownership by extending Profits Interests or Shares (of different kinds) to senior team members.

Private Zoom Meeting

Shop Talk

May 14, 2021

SHOP TALK is a monthly event for Brick & Wonder members to gather informally, talk shop, share resources, knowledge and project updates.

Private Zoom Meeting

Self Limiting Beliefs

May 05, 2021

In our personal lives, and especially in business, where decision making is complex and fraught with risk, breaking out of our established internal models of thinking can be difficult. For this Workshop session we’re excited to invite Brick & Wonder member and business coach, Chris Smith, to get us looking our limiting beliefs in the eye, and then looking past them!

Private Zoom Meeting

Digital Advertising for Small Businesses

April 28, 2021

In this session Digital Advertising expert, Taryn Ramos (Content Project @ Google), will guide you in thinking through how to make a start, set strategy and optimize ad spend, even when working with a limited budget.

Private Zoom Meeting

Financial Times Dream Home Panel Series: The Big Reveal

April 22, 2021

This three-part series will be produced in partnership with the Financial Times.

Featured Panelist: Tom Kundig, Olsun + Kundig Architects

Public Zoom Webinar

Financial Times Dream Home Panel Series: Designing and Building

April 15, 2021

This three-part series will be produced in partnership with the Financial Times.

Featured Panelist: Amin Taha, Groupwork

Public Zoom Webinar

Shop Talk

April 09, 2021

SHOP TALK is a monthly event for Brick & Wonder members to gather informally, talk shop, share resources, knowledge and project updates.

Private Zoom Meeting

Financial Times Dream Home Panel Series: Finding Your Dream Team

April 08, 2021

This three-part series will be produced in partnership with the Financial Times. Featured Panelist: Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke & Partners

 

Public Zoom Webinar

On Time & On Budget

March 25, 2021

Regardless of the discipline, delivering projects on-time and on-budget is difficult. But there are methods, teams, approaches and collaborators who succeed. What are they doing right? What are others doing wrong?

Private Zoom Meeting

Shop Talk

March 12, 2021

SHOP TALK is a monthly event for Brick & Wonder members to gather informally, talk shop, share resources, knowledge and project updates.

Join if you’d like to: Meet other Brick & Wonder members, near and far; Share project updates or project needs; Share resources, knowledge, connections and more with Brick & Wonder colleagues; Update Brick & Wonder team on the things you’re working on or collaborators you’re looking to engage; Share an opportunity to collaborate, partner or work together with other members.

Private Zoom Meeting

Hiring & Firing

February 25, 2021

This is a roundtable event for Brick & Wonder members.

In this discussion, we’ll hear from our seasoned co-leaders as they share insights gleaned across hiring markets and different geographies, with companies big and small. We’ll reveal some of the common pitfalls with recruitment (and firing), and some of the tools and techniques that can accelerate the processes and improve outcomes. This Roundtable will be co-led by Lonny Rossman, Principal and Founder at API Partners, and John Piombino, Head of Human Resources, Buro Happold USA.

Private Zoom Meeting

Building Science Fight Club

February 04, 2021

In this conversation, we will take Brick & Wonder members and their teams into the details of common mistakes and assumptions in construction and design, while also looking at emerging trends and opportunities for cost-saving and risk mitigation in contemporary building science. Our conversation will be led by Christine Williamson, Founder of Building Science Fight Club.

Private Zoom Webinar

Exponential Growth

January 28, 2021

This is a roundtable event for Brick & Wonder members.

In this discussion, we’ll hear from our seasoned co-leaders as they share how they’ve successfully scaled their businesses, from the decisions and tradeoffs made, to the challenges and setbacks they’ve navigated, and the rewards they’ve realized.

The roundtable will be led by Andrei Dolnikov, Founder & CEO, BINYAN, and Andrew Kotchen, Founding Principal at Workshop APD. The Roundtable will be moderated by Drew Lang, Founder, Brick & Wonder.

Private Zoom Meeting

Food, Design & Influence

January 14, 2021

This discussion will explore the nuanced relationship between society, food and the spaces that make it meaningful. Food and culinary arts have transformed our homes and social gatherings, as well as being a natural catalyst for spatial design and materiality. Culinary tastemakers, who have galvanized followings and activated compelling spaces, will lead the discussion on the important cultural intersection of food and design. Panelists include Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine from 1995-2016; Patrick Janelle, lifestyle influencer and founder of Untitled Secret; Amanda Frederickson, Author restaurant owner; and Skyler Stevenson, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Gaggenau North America.

Public Zoom Webinar