Does Form Follow Finance? - This event has been cancelled.


Developers create projects, architects give them form, and regulations give them boundaries. That much is obvious. But that's not the whole story behind the developments that make up our urban landscape. 

The public discourse on urban development in Los Angeles typically assumes a dialogue between developers, planners, neighborhood activists and local officials. In fact, there is another player - investors, usually institutional investors, largely made up of pension funds - which have a lot of say about what ultimately does and doesn't get built. No matter what risks developers and architects might want to take, sometimes distant pursestrings have other ideas. 

The panel will discuss:

· Why do certain projects never get financed and others get replicated over and over again?
· How do investments in development and already built real estate relate to each other and impact the city?
· How do institutional investors look at the Los Angeles region and decide where and what is a good investment?
· Where has an innovative approach to investing been needed and where has it been perilous?
· How often are the innovative projects we are pushing, deemed too risky by the people managing our own retirement funds?
· What are the financial metrics that an investor looks for when financing a project?  How can government and community extractions render a project infeasible?


Quincy Allen, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner Arc Capital Partners
Tom Lopez,
Chief Investment Officer, Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions


Carl Cade, Senior Asset Manager, Tribune Real Estate Holdings

The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

7:15am Registration
7:50am Breakfast
8:00am Panel Discussion

$40 members
$55 nonmembers
$10 student members
$15 student nonmembers

Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  After November 16, 2016 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10.00.  No refunds or credits will be provided after this date.

**WUF offers a special, discounted rate for individuals involved in land use, planning, and development issues on a grass roots and neighborhood level on an unpaid basis. If you are interested in attending this WUF breakfast with a discounted rate, please send your request to [email protected] with your contact information and description of your neighborhood level activities prior to November 16, 2016. Certain restrictions apply.


November 18, 2016 at 7:15am - 9am
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
United States
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Christyne Buteyn · · 310-322-1520

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$55.00 Nonmember Price (limit 1 ticket per registration
$15.00 Nonmember Student (limit 1 ticket per registration)