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The Wharf:
Urban Waterfront Transformation and Placemaking

Hosted by The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) DC Chapter and The Wharf, an all-day symposium about the stellar new development on DC’s waterfront will take place on May 17, 2019. A renowned group of speakers involved in the Wharf will address the history of the site, design and planning, development, placemaking strategies, community engagement, and sustainability during panel presentations and discussions. After lunch, participants will join guided tours of the site, visiting areas discussed. The event will last from 9 am to 3 pm, and lunch will be included in the registration costs.

AIA, AICP, and ASLA continuing education credits will be available.

Agenda & Speakers


8 am: Doors open for registration/coffee

8:45 am: Introductions

9 am: First panel begins

Moderator: Matthew Bell, Perkins Eastman

Panel 1: History, Development and Construction

  • Liz Price, Director of Public/Private Partnerships of PN Hoffman

  • Shawn Seaman AIA, Principal and Executive Vice President of PN Hoffman

  • Stanton Eckstut FAIA, Principal of Perkins Eastman

  • Michael Vergason FASLA FAAR, Principal of Michael Vergason Landscape Architects

Panel 2: Placemaking, Community Engagement, Sustainability, Lessons Learned

  • Peter Cole, Chief Development/Asset Management Officer of Madison Marquette

  • Elinor Bacon, Principal of ER Bacon Development, LLC, and Partner of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront

  • Andy Litsky, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 6D04 of the District of Columbia

  • Matthew Steenhoek, Vice President of Development of PN Hoffman  and Project Director of Phase 2 of The Wharf 




Purchase HERE!

  • Regular: $45

  • CNU members: $30

  • Students: $15

When:  Friday, May 17, 2019

                9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

                Lunch will be provided


Where:  The Wharf

                 1000 Maine Ave SW

                 Washington, DC 20024


Centrally located in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, the Wharf can be reached through all imaginable modes of transportation—from car and public transportation to bike and boat—and offers plenty of parking. Participants are encouraged to take one of these amazing modes to public transportation to the meeting. For more detailed information on each option, please visit the Wharf’s website ( ).

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Matthew Bell, FAIA is a registered architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. Bell has been active throughout the Washington/Baltimore region with professional projects ranging in scale from waterfronts, new towns and neighborhoods to civic and mixed-use buildings and schools.  His work has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and he has served as a juror for the Biennale of Venice(Italy).  His graduate students have won urban design awards from the CNU and the Urban Land Institute and he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.   He is also a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Perkins Eastman and his professional work has received national and chapter awards from the American Institute of Architects, and design awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, the USGBC, the Urban Land Institute and the Committee for 100 on the Federal City.







Panel 1: History, Development and Construction:

Liz Price is PN Hoffman’s Director of Public Private Partnerships and has 20 years of experience transforming urban neighborhoods.  At the Wharf, she helped launch the region’s first water taxi service, secured public investments in pedestrian and transit improvements and launched a free shuttle service to Metro.  As President of the NoMa Business Improvement District, she led the marketing and branding efforts, secured over $10 million in tax incentives and infrastructure upgrades, and created a $50 million public park funding strategy. She has also served as Vice President at the Anacostia Waterfront, has had previous experience working with the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and served on the management team of HOPE VI a $4 billion U.S. Housing and Urban Development program. Price is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.   


Shawn Seaman joined PN Hoffman in 2001 and currently leads the acquisitions, sustainable design initiative and development activities for the company. Since 2006, he has acted as Project Director for The Wharf for Phase 1, where he has managed the development team and all aspects of the project development. Seaman has more than 20 years of project experience in real estate development, urban design, town planning, architecture, and retail strategy. Seaman holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Miami, and a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Seaman is a registered architect in the state of Florida and the District of Columbia and is a LEED®-AP certified professional.

Stan Eckstut, EE&K’s senior principal, has a national reputation as an innovator and leader in large-scale architecture extending back over thirty years to his pioneering work designing the master plan for Battery Park City. Stan’s singular understanding of architecture as a practice that creates and sustains the public realm is evident in all his designs, from large-scale waterfront developments and intermodal transportation hubs to campuses, schools, and even prototypes for bus shelters. In each case, his work has strengthened the urban fabric by creating new centers of social and civic activity; as he points out, “even my smallest buildings are about being part of a larger community.” A pragmatic visionary, Stan’s creative exploration of the possibilities of place is tempered by his keen sense of market and political realities.


Michael Vergason has 40 years of experience creating memorable places in both public and private sectors. He founded Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Ltd. in 1987 and remains deeply involved in all the firm’s projects. Michael is responsible for numerous works that carefully consider historic significance with a distinctly contemporary vision. His ability to balance the natural characteristics of a site with the demands of an architectural program results in seamless compositions without distinction between design disciplines.  
Michael has lectured at numerous institutions including the University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Dumbarton Oaks. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Virginia Theological Seminary.



Panel 2: Placemaking, Community Engagement, Sustainability, Lessons Learned

Peter Cole is Chief Development/Asset Management Officer for Madison Marquette, where he oversees ground up, mixed-use and urban waterfront development activities. Mr. Cole joined Madison Marquette in 2015, and is responsible for some of the company's most prestigious assets including District Wharf in Washington, DC and One Light Street in Baltimore, MD.  Prior to joining Madison Marquette, Cole was Regional Managing Director with Fisher Brothers in Washington, DC, Senior Managing Director with The Clarett Group, and was responsible for launching Tishman Speyer’s Washington, DC office. He is an active member of ULI, serving on the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council (UDMUC) national Product Council.  

Elinor Bacon founded ER Bacon Development, a real estate/community development firm in 2002.  ERBD is a Partner in Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, developer of The Wharf, with responsibility for community engagement, jobs/business opportunities for DC residents, affordable housing and historic preservation.  In 2001Bacon launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation as its first CEO.  During her tenure, DC’s Urban Renewal lands were transferred to NCRC, including the SW Waterfront.  NCRC partnered with the DC Planning Office to prepare a waterfront redevelopment plan.  1997-2000, Bacon administered the multi-billion HOPE VI public housing transformation program to demolish severely distressed public housing, rebuild mixed-income communities and support residents to gain self-sufficiency. Bacon has an MA in Chinese Studies, U Cal, Berkeley; and serves on Advisory Boards of U. Md Colvin Institute for Real Estate and Habitat for Humanity DC; and Board of Montpelier Vermont Economic Development Corporation.  In 2017 she received the Glenn Brown Award, DC Chapter, American Institute of Architects/Washington Architecture Foundation; and Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Award, U MD.


Matthew Steenhoek joined PN Hoffman in 2005 and is currently a Vice President of Development for PN Hoffman and the Project Director for Phase 2 of The Wharf, in Southwest Washington, DC.  Matt’s primary responsibilities include the management of the building design, transportation, sustainability, urban design, public financing, and local entitlement components of The Wharf.  Prior to his involvement on The Wharf, Matt was  the Development Manager for Constitution Square, a 1.6 million square foot LEED-ND Gold certified mixed-used project in NoMa. 
Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland, is a graduate of the 2012 Urban Land Institute Regional Leadership Institute and holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  He is a LEED®-AP certified professional.


Andy Litsky has been actively involved in Southwest issues since 1977.  He’s served on the board of the Arena Stage Angels, is a founding shareholder of Tiber Island Cooperative Homes and is a founding board member of the Southwest Community Foundation.   A retired lobbyist and public affairs professional, Andy recently began his third decade as the elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing the residents of the Southwest Waterfront.


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