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Rockefeller Center Tour

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January 23rd, 2023
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA

Anil Khachane is a Registered Architect in multiple states and nationally certified. Following a dozen years in architectural practice, he has worked on a number of development and redevelopment projects in and around the tristate area. Anil’s recent primary focus with Tishman Speyer has been the Redevelopment of Rockefeller Center. In his tenure at the center, work includes revisioning the rink and surrounding concourse areas, the new F&B offerings with premiere chefs and other retail offerings.

Austin Gelbard is responsible for development of Tishman Speyer’s new developments in Pittsburgh. Austin has worked in engineering, construction, and development and his experience spans institutional, residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties in both ground-up development and existing asset redevelopment.

Join us for a tour of the newly transformed Rockefeller Center with Tishman Speyer’s Anil Khachane and Austin Gelbard.

Rockefeller Center is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in New York City, with a world-famous plaza and prominent retailers, restaurants and office space. Over the past two years, Rockefeller Center has undergone renovations on the sunken plaza and underground shopping concourse to include increased public space. Independent restaurants and retail partners have been reintroduced to revamp the iconic center and create a hometown New York experience.

As the City weighs investing in the public realm to reactivate Midtown, what can we learn from Rockefeller Center’s approach to local retail and open space programming? 

We will begin with a tour of the renovations with Anil Khachane, Senior Director of Design and Construction, and Austin Gelbard, Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development. We then invite you to join us at a casual reception following the tour to continue the conversation.

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Guest & Safety Policies 

Face masks are encouraged, but not required. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a high-quality, well-fitting face covering is required at all times. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required; however, everyone is encouraged to complete their primary vaccination series and get boosted if eligible before attending. Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. Due to limited availability, we can only invite Forum Fellows to participate at this time. Learn more about becoming a Fellow of the Forum.

Continuing Education 

Urban Design Forum is now an AIA CES provider. If there are other continuing education credits you are interested in receiving, please contact Miranda Bellizia, Director of Member Engagement, miranda@urbandesignforum.org. This program is approved for AIA CES.

Image credit: Tishman Speyer

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