How can technology advance issues of access, wealth, and social justice in American cities? Hear real estate startup founders talk about why they built their products and how they fit into a path towards the equitable city.
Atif Z. Qadir
Founder & CEO, REDIST
Atif Qadir founded REDIST, a proptech startup based at Columbia Startup Lab, in 2020 and Amanat Properties, a development company focusing on the renovation of historic real estate in New Jersey, in 2017. Previously, he was at Extell Development, where he was on the acquisitions and development teams for deals across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was at Turner Construction and at Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He also is the host of “American Building,” a new podcast with Michael Graves Architecture & Design that will be launching this fall and has previously spoken on real estate and entrepreneurship at Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, MIT, and Yale.
Matthias Hollwich is the founder of HWKN, a global architectural design firm based in NY. Matthias was born and raised in Germany where he studied architecture and brings a dual perspective to all the firm’s designs, combining German precision with American aspiration. Matthias was honored in Fast Company’s ranking of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Architects and is known for creating new forms of architecture.
Founder & CEO, Levelset
Bothered as a lawyer at the unfairness for the little guys, Scott founded Levelset to even the $1 trillion construction playing field. He’s on a mission to make payments less stressful for contractors and suppliers across the globe, empowering contractors to always get what they earn. Headquartered in New Orleans, with over $47 million in venture capital raised, Levelset now has more than 200 employees and is used by thousands of contractors and suppliers nationwide to make payments easier, faster, and less stressful on billions in contract value each year.
Atticus is the CEO & founder of PadSplit, an online marketplace that leverages shared housing as a tool for financial independence. PadSplit is a public benefit corporation that has garnered national acclaim as a solution for housing affordability. Atticus has been an affordable housing developer since 2008 and has presented on housing solutions at MIT, UC Berkeley, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He is the chair of ULI’s UrbanPlan Education Initiative and co-chaired the Design For Affordability Task Force in 2018. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in Architecture and currently lives with his family in Decatur, GA.
Shadow Summit brings together the most technologically advanced commercial real estate companies, architects, engineers, and contractors to share their lessons on how to innovate in AEC + CRE.