SMPS Chicago January 2019 Luncheon - The Future of Cities: Big Data, Intelligent Buildings, and Smart Cities

January 16, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

159 W Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Big and small cities throughout the country are adopting inventive “smart” solutions to provide more efficient and improved services to their citizens.

The AEC industry is making great strides due to the emerging technologies of this digitally-driven revolution, with data and analytics.  This will essentially alter all aspects of the built environment, from the design and production of buildings, roads, cities, and reducing environmental footprints, to new economic development opportunities.

What can organizations do today to make sure they’re equipped to lead the development of the cities of tomorrow?

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear the drivers and challenges to smart cities development
  • Examine the latest trends in smart cities as it relates to the Internet of Things
  • Understand what defines a building as intelligent
  • Understand the benefits of Intelligent Buildings (IB) to owners, operators, and occupants
  • Understand the impact of IB on traditional AEC value and contributions
  • Hear examples of the driving forces advancing intelligent buildings and its subsystems


Jake Fansler, Research Analyst - BuiltWorlds
A native Chicagoan with a passion for urban planning and economic development, Jake joined the BuiltWorlds team in the summer of 2018. He hopes to contribute to the conversation about efficiency, sustainability, and equity in the development of urban systems. Jake has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from William & Mary, and recently completed his master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Jake has previous experience working as a construction and development consultant in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. In his free time, he enjoys paddling on the Chicago River and walking his 2-year-old puppy, Benny.



Kurt Karnatz, President - Environmental Systems Design
Kurt has been leading the company as a world-recognized building systems and technologies consulting practice for over 30 years. As a strategic leader, consultant and engineer, he is focused on creating better economic, environmental and experiential outcomes in the built environment through connecting people with building systems. His collaborative approach and track record of accomplishments has earned the trust of corporate real estate clients in finance, high-tech, pharma, medical, energy and beyond, while establishing ESD’s expertise in building sciences, intelligent buildings, workplace optimization and smart cities. As President, he leads a team of global thinkers who are admired for their innovative approach in creating sustainable solutions. ESD focuses on solutions that optimize the human experience, productivity, efficiency, reliability and adaptability – resulting in user happiness, competitive advantage, differentiation and enterprise value for its clients.



Katie Olson, Director of Operations & Services - UI Labs: City Tech Collaborative
Katie is an urban technologist passionate about reimagining the future of cities. She is the Director of Operations & Services at City Tech Collaborative, which she launched in 2014 after serving Mayor Emanuel’s administration at World Business Chicago and as a Mayoral Fellow. Katie has a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from American University. She is a Back on My Feet Board Member and volunteer at Erie Neighborhood House. She was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi and a founding member of Chicago Global Shapers.


CPSM CEU Credits: 1.5

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$50.00 SMPS Members
$75.00 after 6:00 pm January 14

$95.00 Non-members
$120.00 after 6:00 pm January 14

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