BOND Custom 2023

America's Leading Luxury Home Architects Forum

October 19-22, 2023

East Coast

America’s top Custom Home Architects with high-end Luxury Residential Projects

Custom home projects are a bit like movies. It all starts with the architect or designer’s vision. And in the world of custom homes, this vision can push the boundaries of what’s possible and what may have been done before. And this is where the stellar cast of creative, knowledgeable, can-do solutions providers comes in. Solutions providers who share the designer’s vision and passion and who relish the challenge of bringing it to life. If that sounds like you, read on:

BOND Custom brings America’s leading custom home architects and residential architecture firms together with suitably qualified vendors for 3 days and 3 nights. That means America’s most difficult-to-meet luxury residential project leaders in one place, ready to talk.

To get a true measure of this, you need to see who comes. Scroll down a bit and you’ll get an idea. But if you want the full picture, get the full confirmed attendee list so far for this year.

Now consider the time, effort and expense it would take to even try to get in front of this number and calibre of decision maker and you’ll start to appreciate what’s on offer here…

These are the people who decide who gets specified for high-end luxury home projects throughout North America and beyond and you won’t meet them anywhere else.

Who Attends

We pre-qualify designers to meet the following criteria:

1. Principal, Director, Vice President

2. Significant portfolio of luxury, custom home projects in North America

3. Top architecture/design firm

Typical attendees include:

Andre Kikoski


Andre Kikoski Architect

Elizabeth Starr

Managing Director & Partner


Eric Pettit

Co-Founder/Senior Associate

OpenSpace Architecture

David Pascu


Abramson Teiger Architects

Daryl Nourse


Reid Smith Architects

Rafael Amuchástegui


RAD Architecture

Victor Salas

Vice President

Richard Manion Architecture

Mike Wetzel



How it Works

Like all BOND events, this is about who comes and the quality of access you have to them.

It centres around a series of one-to-one meetings between custom home architects, designers and vendors that each have selected before the event. And that’s just the start:

You are all together for 3 days and 3 nights, away from the distractions of project and studio environments, in a uniquely relaxed set up where you can properly get to know each other. And one conversation can see the custom home project trail light up in front of you. Because this goes beyond sales pitches – this is about relationships and connections and the collaborative possibilities that they bring.

America’s top custom home architects have pretty hectic schedules and they come to BOND Custom to get away from the pressures of top-end residential projects to find inspiration and to connect with solutions providers who can help them deliver something outstanding for their clients.

And if you want to get a true understanding of the needs and aspirations of America’s high-end luxury residential project leaders and have some interesting solutions to discuss, you will not find a better platform.

Still a bit cynical? Some testimonials might help. Or a video? Better still, have a conversation with us because it’s hard to make this real for you simply through words on our website. It’s a good idea to talk to some people who have already attended a BOND event to get things from their side and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

For suppliers, BOND Custom is the best way, bar none, to win hearts and minds at the region’s leading Custom Home Architecture firms.

For Custom Home Architects and Designers, the value lies in re-connecting with peers and discovering the best solutions to your design challenges from the experts who will be your lifeline.


The best run architect-vendor event I’ve attended. Significantly more useful than conventional trade shows.

Brian J. Connolly


Zivkovic Connolly Architects


Please note the below program is from 2021. Please check back for the full 2023 schedule soon!

4:00 pm

Delegate Registration

6:30 pm

Seminar - Everything Principals need to know about zero net-energy buildings

Charles Eley | Architect/Engineer, Eley Consulting

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The future of building design will be different as we address the challenges of global warming and resulting climate change. Electric energy will become cleaner as utility-scale wind and solar replace coal and natural gas and as battery and other electricity storage systems become more viable. But renewable energy systems and batteries will also become common place at the building scale. Buildings will become both producers and consumers of electricity. 

To provide resiliency, many communities will be designed to operate with their own wind and/or solar electric generators coupled with battery storage. Such microgrids can be “islanded” from the larger grid to provide resiliency in times of emergency. Individual homes or residential buildings may also be designed for “islanding” (nanogrids) to provide residents with the same benefits. 

Natural gas combustion will give away to heat pumps as a means to heat our homes and provide hot water. Many communities already ban new natural gas hook-ups. All-electric homes will become the norm. 

Air conditioners, water heaters, heat pumps, EV chargers, clothes washers/dryers and other household appliances will have microprocessors to communicate with the electric grid and operate in ways to help balance the grid without compromising service. 

Electric vehicles will replace gas-powered cars as the grid becomes cleaner and CAFE standards become tougher. Charging stations will become a common feature in parking stalls and their presence will significantly impact building electric systems. Car batteries may be able to provide electric storage services to the building. 

Many communities will lead with “reach” codes that go beyond minimum energy efficiency standards. A model for this is the Architecture 2030 ZERO Code, parts of which have been adopted into the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as an optional appendix that can be adopted by progressive jurisdictions. 

New metrics for building energy performance are emerging such as time-dependent source energy which is used by the ZERO Code and being adopted for the next version of California’s energy efficiency standards. The TDS metric recognizes that carbon emissions and source energy change throughout the day. Emissions are low in the middle of the day when solar is plentiful and high at dusk when gas generators need to come on to make up for the declining solar. The metric encourages building-level storage and energy efficiency, especially when it is factored into electric utility rate schedules.  


Charles Eley is an architect, mechanical engineer and author with 40 years' experience in energy efficient and sustainable design. His latest book is Design Professionals Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings (Island Press 2016). During his career, Mr. Eley has made significant contributions to the California energy standards, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and energy codes in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Australia. He has also developed a number of important technical manuals and publications; served as the founding executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools; developed a number of energy analysis software applications; and has served as energy consultant for a number of landmark green buildings. Mr. Eley currently writes, serves on non-profit boards, provides specialized consulting, and teaches classes on building energy efficiency and green technologies.

7:30 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Welcome Dinner

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am

Seminar - MeToo, other trends, and the impact on Firm Leaders

Laurie Dreyer | Director of Development, Taylor-Design

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Have you ever thought to yourself “when did that change?”  I had no idea that was an issue or a problem.  Then this is the class for you.  We will discuss the on-going needs and risks within our practices and some of the ones coming your way soon.  What does the #MeToo movement mean to our firms? Equity by Design?  Why can’t someone just be an independent contractor if they want to? We will also delve into the key elements of culture.  How to test your theories of staff Happiness. Elements to maximize staff retention. Where is your next staff member right now?  Is it human or AI? How do you win a bidding war?  It will be a lively discussion and we can learn from each other.


A graduate of UC Berkeley, Laurie has a background of HR leadership positions at The Ratcliff Architects, Gensler, Psomas, Anshen+Allen/Stantec, and now Taylor Design!  A frequent speaker and teacher Laurie has presented for the AIA (national and local), the Senior Executives Institute, ACEC, UC extension, Knowledge Architecture and other events.  Never one to shy away from open and frank discussions, come hear the latest in HR risks!

9:40 am

Collect Final Meeting Schedule

9:55 am

One to One Meetings

12:45 pm

Group Photograph

12:55 pm


1:45 pm

One to One Meetings

5:00 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Drinks Reception

8:00 pm


6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am

Seminar - Ten Years to Retirement? Act Now to Protect Your Legacy

Alexander Tepper | Principal Advisor, Morrissey Goodale

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1. Why is ownership transition important?

2. Psychological barriers to ownership transition

3. What is ownership anyway?

4. Setting your goals

5. Implications of ownership for compensation

6. How to create conditions for a successful internal ownership transition

a. Leadership

b. Financial Plan

c. Business Processes

7. How is internal OT financed?

8. What are my other options?

9. What should I do now? Key recommendations


Allie specializes in internal ownership transition, firm valuation and incentive compensation. Since joining Morrissey Goodale’s team in 2015, he has advised dozens of firms on their internal ownership transitions and external sales, conducted valuation exercises, developed incentive compensation plans, and assisted with strategic planning exercises. Allie is an expert financial modeler, and more importantly, he enjoys working with clients to demystify the many financial concepts that can sometimes be overwhelming as firms explore their strategic options. Allie’s previous experience includes stints as a strategy consultant to financial institutions and performing financial analysis of clients’ businesses for Credit Suisse, a top-tier investment bank. In these roles, he examined business plans, developed detailed projections of firms’ future financial statements, and applied state-of-the-art techniques to assess firms’ key financial metrics and drivers of profitability. He structured contracts to align incentives between the parties and unlock hidden value. Allie received a BA in Physics cum laude from Princeton University, a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford and an MArch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
9:45 am

One to One Meetings

12:35 pm



Seminar - Secrets and Strategies to Leading, Engaging, and Retaining Millennials

Paul Angone | Gen Z and Millennial Expert

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In 2020, Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce, and in 2025 they will make up 75%. Strategically attracting Millennials to your organization, and then successfully engaging and retaining them, is not an option, it is a necessity. So who and what are Millennials? And more importantly, what is the Millennial mindset and motivators that actually drive retention rates, workplace engagement and Millennials decision-making?  Author, speaker, and “Millennial Expert” Paul Angone shares the secrets to leading this next generation in meaningful and impactful ways that will help you engage, motivate, and retain young professionals at a higher level.  


“Like advice from a wiser, funnier, older brother...Paul Angone's been there, done that, and wants to save you the pain and trouble.” – Seth Godin, New York Times Best-Selling author Paul Angone is one of the leading experts in the nation on the Millennial generation and how all generations can work better together. He is the best-selling author of three books, a sought-after national keynote speaker, and the creator of, which has been read by millions of people in 190 countries. With over 10+ years writing, speaking, and engaging Millennials, plus a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Paul has worked with companies such as Intel Security, Wells Fargo, Stewart Title, and Aflac and has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, and AARP. Paul delivers dynamic, relevant, and informative content that will help all generations in your company work better together.
2:35 pm

One to One Meetings

5:50 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Farewell Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Farewell Dinner

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

Delegate departures


East Coast

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