Shaping Future Cities

Shaping Future Cities

In association with Techweek AKL and the Tripartite Economic Alliance.

Innovative development leaders from Los Angeles, Guangzhou and Auckland share their vision of how a city will function and thrive 25 years from now and how it is shaping the decisions they are making today.

How are these innovation factors influencing design outcomes:

  • SMART Technology
  • Innovation and knowledge – economic and talent attraction
  • Eco-city - sustainability
  • Social and cultural shifts 

Guest speakers:

  • Tom Gilmore,  Partner, Gilmore Associates – Los Angeles 
  • Scott Pritchard, CEO of Precinct Properties – Auckland 
  • Mr. NG Kok Siong, CEO, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development - Guangzhou

Tom Gilmore

Partner, Gilmore Associates, Los Angeles

Tom Gilmore is a downtown Los Angeles-based developer of residential and commercial properties whose early projects in the city's historic core led to the largest resurgence of real estate investment and development the city has experienced in nearly a century.

Gilmore began his career by building a small architectural firm in New York and eventually relocated to Los Angeles, leading to his partnership with Jerri Perrone. In 1998, Gilmore and Perrone formed an independent development firm, Gilmore Associates, to embark upon the redevelopment of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.

His vision for Downtown Los Angeles as a thriving, self-sustaining urban community led him to purchase four abandoned historic buildings: the Continental, the Hellman, the San Fernando, and the Farmers and Merchants National Bank—all of which are located in Downtown Los Angeles and collectively renamed by Gilmore and Perrone as the “Old Bank District.” Gilmore was the first developer to utilize the newly minted Adaptive Reuse Ordinance of 1999, which enabled him to convert historic commercial buildings into mixed- use residences, ultimately catalyzing the widespread redevelopment and revival of Downtown.

Scott Pritchard

CEO, Precinct Properties, Auckland

Scott Pritchard has been the Chief Executive Officer of Precinct Properties NZ Limited since 2010. 

Precinct is New Zealand’s only specialist listed investor in premium and A-grade commercial office property. Listed on the NZX Main Board, Precinct currently owns 13 New Zealand buildings – Auckland’s PwC Tower, AMP Centre, ANZ Centre, Zurich House, HSBC House and Downtown Shopping Centre; and Wellington’s State Insurance Building, 157 Lambton Quay, No. 1 and No. 3 The Terrace, Pastoral House, Mayfair House, Deloitte House and Bowen Campus. Two significant development projects are in the pipeline – Commercial Bay and the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct – both on Auckland’s waterfront.

Scott has more than 15 years experience in property funds management, development and asset management. His previous experience includes various property roles with NZX-listed entities Goodman Property Trust, Auckland International Airport Limited and Urbus Properties Limited. Scott holds a Masters degree in Management from Massey University. He is a member of the Property Council’s national council.

Ng Kok Siong

CEO, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co. Ltd, Guangzhou

Mr Ng Kok Siong is currently the CEO of Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co. Ltd, the joint venture company which is the master developer of the Guangzhou Knowledge City project. He was previously the Executive Vice President of Singbridge Corporate Pte Ltd. 

Mr Ng has over 20 years of real estate experience in investment, development, asset management and real estate consultancy in Asia Pacific region, particularly in China. He was the Executive Vice President for Asset Management under the Pacific Star Group, an international real estate fund management company based in Singapore. 

Prior to joining Pacific Star, he spent eight years in China and was the Managing Director for Ottomen Group of Companies. Ottomen Group is a diversified China-based company with real estate investment, development and consultancy activities in major cities in China. He was also the Executive Director for Cushman & Wakefield PREMAS, and the Regional Director for a subsidiary under CapitaLand Group in China. His earlier experience in Singapore included Head Commercial Property Division of Singapore MRT Ltd. 

Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in the investment, development, sale, consultancy, asset management and mall management for more than 30 over landmark projects in over 10 cities across China, Hong Kong and other countries in the Asia Pacific region.

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