Arc US

1-on-1 with America’s Leading Commercial Architects

November 21-24, 2024


1-on-1 Meetings and Networking with America's Leading Commercial Architects

Reserve Your Spot – Last Year Sold Out!

North America’s leading commercial architects and designers will be with us at Arc US in November. Every architect and designer you’ll meet has a portfolio of live, confirmed large-scale commercial projects and the influence to decide who gets specified and who doesn’t.

This is your chance to sit down, one-on-one with the people who are driving North America’s biggest and most interesting commercial projects. 3 days and nights away from deadlines and distractions means time and space get to know each other properly. And that’s where the magic happens.

Want to come and say hello?

Read the Arc US 2023 Review here.


Who Attends
America’s Leading Commercial Architects. Guaranteed.

America’s leading Principal Architects and Designers are giving us 3 days of their time to come and meet building product manufacturers who have interesting things to show them and who can help them deliver what their clients want.

If large-scale commercial projects are important to your business, these are the people you need in your life and you really will struggle meet them anywhere else.

Get the attendee list

Arc US regular attendees include:

Timothy Taylor



Laurie L. Butler

Project Principal


Joe Winters

Principal Architect


Rauzia Ruhana Ally

Vice President, Managing Principal

Leo A Daly

Matthew Houchin

Global Technical Lead, Architecture


Moises Weber

Vice President


James Torres


DLR Group

Ben Caldwell

Associate Director

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The speakers and networking opportunities are unmatched. Everything ran like clockwork, so it can be easy to overlook how much time and energy was put in to making it, from a customer’s point of view, look so effortless and professional. I’m quite impressed and blown away. This has been 1st class all the way.

Thomas Mozina


Perkins + Will

How it works
This is NOT a trade show

This is not like any other architect event.

You know who’s going to be here before you arrive and you will have a guaranteed number of 1-to-1 meetings with the ‘buyers’ of your choice. And this is just the start:

You are all together for 3 days and 3 nights at a luxury resort, so there’s time and space to meet everybody and have proper conversations and this opens up a whole world of possibilities. Because there’s a real community feel here and everyone’s more relaxed, open and helpful and any number of conversations can light up the commercial project trail right in front of you – you’ll see!


> 18 pre-arranged 1:1 meetings
+ 72 hours of networking in a luxury resort
= a proven formula for success



We will deliver North America’s true commercial project influencers with time and space to get to know each other properly.

You just need to show up!


This is THE opportunity to meet with the top architects in the country. Relationships just keep growing.

Mike Granatowski

National Architectural Sales Manager



Seminar timings and/or content may be varied at our discretion.

4:00 pm

Delegate Registration

6:00 pm

Seminar - Digital Media and Retail: Exploring the Possibilities of Digital Media as Architectural Skin

Kim Heppler | Senior Director, Client Design + Delivery, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

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This presentation will explore the use of digital media in the commercial retail industry.  Can we actively begin to look to this medium as a replacement for traditional architectural finishes?  Indeed, there are many advantages to moving from traditional storefront architectural finishes into the world of digital media as architectural skin, particularly in the realm of sustainability, however, design is not the only consideration. The operational component is exceptionally important in terms of content, responsibility, and maintenance yet it is often not addressed in the design stage.  Issues like maintenance and installation are ongoing issues which can affect the overall effect of the brand message.  Digital media must be intentional, from a content and context perspective but also from the perspective of longevity and relevancy.  Architectural materials and finishes can deconstruct with poor workmanship, but in using digital installations as architectural skin, it is more immediately evident, and therefore the importance of the operational aspect is key.   Often underplayed due to cost and logistics, digital media as architectural skin brings different opportunities for retailers with greater bandwidth for experiential moments and flexibility and sustainable responsibilities which must be holistically considered. How do we ensure that we incorporate operational best practices as part of the design in the beginning to create memorable, innovative, and responsible digital storefronts? 


Kim has studied architecture, art and business with a M Arch in Architecture and BA in Visual Art and has recently completed her executive MBA.  She shares the mantra that “good design is good business” and believes in the process of Design Thinking and the end user.  With over 30 years of experience in fashion and retail including tenure at major European, American and Canadian retail brand houses, she has worked in Europe, Asia and across Canada.  Kim is national Senior Director, Client Design + Delivery in the Architecture Department in Development for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. based in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Kim’s focus is on the intersection of design and business as it relates to sustainable practices within retail and the commercial world.  This focus has resulted in the development of sustainable sorting stations within the dining halls in the CF properties, a retail space in CF Toronto Eaton Centre in collaboration with OCAD university, focusing on circular economy studies, and the development of operational standards for the use of digital media for retail clients.

Multi-million retail development accomplishments include the expansion at Rideau Centre in Ottawa, the 25-million-dollar Client design component of the Dining Terrace addition at Richmond Centre in Vancouver, Toronto Eaton Centre Urban Eatery, and the CF Marché des promenade in St. Bruno, Quebec. Kim spent 9 years as a part-time Professor in the York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design. In addition to sustainable practices her research is centered on retail culture, power of experience, and the impact of design in visual. She presented the paper “Myth and the Mall” at the Pratt Institute, NYC and "Display and the Spectacle:  consumption 101?" at the Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption and Design PCA/ACA National Conference in Washington DC and Indianapolis.  Kim presented a paper for the DMI in London titled "Stakeholders as design filters; the role of the Commercial Real Estate Developer in retail design" and has recently participated in a symposium at the Media Biennale in Toronto at the Toronto Metropolitan University on Digital media.  Kim continues to contribute to student design reviews and panels at both OCAD, Sheridan and George Brown College, and sat as advisor to the Sheridan College Experience Design panel.  She is a co-founder of the design collective, moimoi design.

7:00 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm

Welcome Dinner

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

7:00 am Email from Russell Ford

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8:45 am

Phil Bernstein | Professor, Adjunct, Yale School of Architecture

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Phil Bernstein FAIA, is an Associate Dean and Professor, Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture, where he has taught courses in professional practice, project delivery, and technology since 1988. He was formerly a Vice President at Autodesk, where he was responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology and sustaining the firm's relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations. Prior to joining Autodesk, Phil practiced architecture as a principal at Cesar Pelli & Associates (now Pelli Clarke + Partners) where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions including projects for Reagan National Airport, the Mayo Clinic, and Goldman Sachs. He writes extensively on issues of architectural practice and technology, and his books include Architecture | Design | Data – Practice Competency in the Era of Computation (Birkhauser, 2018) and Machine Design: Architectural Futures in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (RIBA, 2022). Phil has been honored twice by DesignIntelligence as one of the “30 Most Admired Educators in Architecture” and was named as an Outstanding Industry Contributor by the Connecticut Construction Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of Architecture also from Yale.  He is licensed to practice in California.

10:00 am

One to One Meetings

12:55 pm

Group Photograph

1:05 pm


2:10 pm

One to One Meetings

6:00 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Drinks Reception

7:30 pm


6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:30 am

Seminar - AI-dvantageous Solutions: Automate and Optimize Your Business with AI

Beth Ziesenis | Author. Speaker. Nerd., Your Nerdy Best Friend

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Are you ready to revolutionize your practice with AI? Your guide for this AI journey is Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend. She delves into the transformative power of AI tools. Discover how AI enhances productivity, streamlines project management and refines communication for architects and their staffers. This technology changes everything, and you need to be a part of it.


Since her first Motorola RAZR flip phone, Beth has made a verb out of the word "nerd." She's here to help you filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for work and home. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald's in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by several organizations who write best speaker lists. She has written a whole shelf of books on apps and has spoken to more than 100 thousand audience members just like you. And if you're puzzling over why she goes by "Beth Z"... it's because she only finds about three people a year who can pronounce her last name.

9:35 am

One to One Meetings

1:05 pm


2:10 pm

Speaker TBC

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More information will be announced soon.
3:15 pm

One to One Meetings

6:30 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Farewell Drinks Reception

7:30 pm

Farewell Dinner

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Delegate departures

I truly enjoyed the format of the one to one meetings and feel that I made some real connections with suppliers that I will be calling on for future projects. I was actually surprised to find that almost every supplier I met had something that I feel I could specify.

Erin Fearins


Welch Interior Design

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

23808 Resort Pkwy,
San Antonio, TX 78261, USA

+1 210 276 2500

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