Capstone Presentations were held Friday, May 21st in the Great Space in the Architecture Building. Eleven students presented a feasibility analysis based on a "real world" development proposal of their making. Three students made summary presentations of their research thesis of a single topic ranging from public housing reform to sustainability requirements.
The event kicked off with a reception at 6:00pm and capped off with a jury panel awarding the CAPSTONE winner, Jonathan Florin, with a $1,000 cash prize. Jonathan's proposal explored different development options for Westfield's Montgomery Mall located in Bethesda. He had some interesting solutions that could help boost the value of the mall.
The jury was composed of a combination of industry professionals and faculty: Joseph Alfandre, CEO of Kentlands, Lisa Wiersma, Development Manager for the recently completed CityVista project at 5th & K Streets NW, Marie Howland, Director of the School's PhD program, James Cohen, Director of the School's Community Planning program, and John Jeronimo, Associate Dean of the School.
Many thanks to John Carruthers, Herb Behre and Jim Agliata, our industry professionals, for mentoring the students!