Cornell International Summit in Shanghai to feature experts in hospitality, real estate, . . .

Jan 03, 2013

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368, am754@cornell.edu

Cornell International Summit in Shanghai to feature experts in hospitality, real estate, architecture, and urban planning

At the Cornell International Summit: Hospitality, Real Estate, and the Built Environment, industry leaders and academics will discuss innovation and growth in China’s commercial real estate market. The summit will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund and is co-presented by the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and Center for Real Estate and Finance.

The keynote panel at the summit will be “The Shanghai Tower: Bringing China’s Tallest Building to Reality,” featuring the following panelists:
• Art Gensler ’57, founder and chairman of Gensler, designer of Shanghai Tower
• Michael Johnson, Dean of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
• Kent Kleinman, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
• Lee Pillsbury ’69, founder, co-chairman, and CEO of Thayer Lodging Group, which was appointed by Shanghai Tower Group to manage (in partnership with Jin Jiang Hotels) Shanghai Tower J-Hotel, the world’s highest luxury hotel

“China is the emergent market in global real estate, and our panelists are leaders in this arena,” said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at the School of Hotel Administration. “As the epicenter of China’s rapid development, Shanghai is the perfect backdrop for the Cornell International Summit.”

Registration will open soon. For more information about the summit, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/industry/events/cihs.html.

The Summit is being held in collaboration with the Cornell Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference, and the Cornell Hotel Society Asia Pacific Regional Meeting. HUBS1, Jin Jiang Hotels, and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund are title sponsors of the event. InterContinental Hotels Group is diamond sponsor. Other corporate sponsors are IDeaS, A SAS Company; PhoCusWright, Inc.; and USA TODAY.

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.

About the Cornell College of Architecture, Art and Planning
The College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University is one of the preeminent such colleges in the United States. Known for its rigorous studio pedagogy and important contributions to urban theory and design, AAP is home to the consistently top-ranked architecture program in the country. The university’s architecture program was founded in 1876 with visual arts and city and regional planning added later and establishing the college as it is known today. AAP attracts international students and scholars of art and design, and offers studio programs in Rome and New York City in addition to its Ithaca campus. Currently home to nearly 500 undergraduate and 280 graduate students, many of its alumni have assumed pivotal roles in architecture and design worldwide.

About the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance
Established in 2009, the Center for Real Estate and Finance provides a platform for educating students, creating new knowledge through research activities, and exchanging information about real estate with a broad set of audiences. CREF is at the forefront of research in all areas of commercial real estate, from the study of the behavior of real estate assets in investment portfolios to an understanding of real estate capital markets to the science of hedging real estate risk. To learn more about CREF, visit www.cref.cornell.edu.