Philadelphia’s building community consists of several industries that want to work together. This was evident at An Owner’s Perspective: Part II, an event hosted on Monday, November 10, 2018 by the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee. Here, owners, contractors, engineers, and architects came together to discuss the range of needs and goals of the owners and developers for construction projects, and how these may coincide with, or contrast, those of other industry partners.

From StrXur by Bluebeam:

A sense of hope and optimism prevailed amid practical concerns during an event sponsored by the Joint Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia chapter and the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) of Philadelphia. During the gathering and panel discussion, prominent owners discussed their definitions of success and the challenges that keep them up at night when contemplating the future of building in Philly.

The panel also touched upon some hot-button issues in the industry: [such as] … projects that are concerned with the social impact they have on their neighborhoods, and … diversity.


GBCA and AIA Philadelphia thank those who attended, and especially the featured speakers at the event!


  • Michael Asnes, Vice President of Construction, Dranoff Properties
  • Brian Cohen, Vice President & City Manager, Liberty Property Trust
  • Lindsey Scannapieco, Managing Partner, Scout


  • Anne Papageorge, Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate Services at the University of Pennsylvania