Webinar- Design Homerun! Building DC’s Fastest Growing Neighborhood at Capitol Riverfront

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    Wednesday, October 21 2020

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Home of the Washington Nationals ballpark and Audi Field soccer stadium, Capitol Riverfront is a 500-acre, new growth, mixed-use, urban waterfront community situated between the US Capitol complex and the Anacostia River. As DC’s fastest-growing neighborhood, Capitol Riverfront boasts over 5,000 residential units under construction and award-winning parks and open spaces.

As planning and development manager of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID), Jeff works with developers, DC Government, and stakeholders to achieve the neighborhood’s full buildout of 37.5 million square feet. A graduate of MIT School of Architecture and Planning, he brings cross-sector and multi-scale experiences from the Mayors’ Institute on City Design; Amazon real estate account at CBRE; consulting firm HR&A Advisors; the US EPA Smart Growth Program; and Planetizen.

Jeff will give an overview of Capitol Riverfront’s subareas by highlighting key projects and the architects; discuss major city planning and public policy moves that accelerate the neighborhood’s transformation; and explain the role of a BID, specifically current planning and urban design initiatives. After the lecture, Min Xiong, MBA, who is the marketing coordinator at SmithGroup in Washington, DC, will moderate the Q&A with questions about the role of design in Jeff’s work and take questions from the audience.

Presented by: Jeff Jamawat

Before joining the Capitol Riverfront BID, Jeff completed a four-year run as program director at the Mayors’ Institute on City Design where he provided technical assistance on city development and urban design projects through direct engagement with over 100 mayors and cities across the country.

His passion for cities, urban innovation, and real estate development is underpinned by cross-sector and multi-scale experiences at Fortune 200 real estate company CBRE on the Amazon enterprise account; leading real estate and economic development consulting firm HR&A Advisors; development policy arm of the US Environmental Protection Agency (Smart Growth Program); and popular urban planning news website Planetizen.

A graduate of MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Jeff holds dual master’s degrees in real estate development and city planning with a focus on urban design.

Moderated by: Min Xiong, MBA, SmithGroup

Organized by: : AIA|DC Asian American Designers Union

Sponsored by: Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID); 


Perkins Eastman DC

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key projects in Capitol Riverfront through the lens of architecture and urban design;

  • Understand the history of Capitol Riverfront, city planning policies, as well as micro and macro forces that help shape the neighborhood;

  • Explain the role of a BID (Business Improvement District) as a place-based urban change management entity; and

  • Identify ways to win the neighborhood's support and find potential business opportunities.