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Urban Living Insights Series

Bespoke 1/2 Day events for urban innovators and investors at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality, real estate and living


As part of the dynamic nature of the Urban Living Festival and the subject matters across the converging hospitality and real estate assets classes - we ensure to keep ahead of the trends and on the pulse to host a series of focused 1/2 day events across the year, in addition to the main festival of ideas in July.

The sessions are timely curated, bespoke sessions for urban innovators and investors at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality, real estate and living.

Serviced Apartments Urban Living Insights – 10 May, The Montcalm, Royal London House, London
STRZ & Urban Living Insights & Shortyz Awards – 18 May - Tower Suites, Blue Orchid Hotel, London
Work / Office – 15 September, 25 EP, 25 Eccleston Place, London
Hotels / Hospitality – 26 October
Build To Rent – 3 November
Senior Living - 17 November


NEXT ONE: 15 September 2022 ULI - Work / Office

25 EP, 25 Eccleston Place, London

Sponsored by H+G Furnishings

Previously hosted sessions:

May 18 2022

Short Term Rentals - Urban Living Insights & Shortyz Awards, Tower Suites, Blue Orchid Hotels

8.30 – 09.05 Tea, coffee and pastries: Reach out to somebody you don't know and learn something new

9.05 – 09.25 Welcome + sponsor introduction: What makes short term rentals today's most exciting hospitality and real-estate asset class.



10:00 - 10.30 NEW INVESTMENT MODELS: FLEX RENTALS AND BTR: Hear from leading investors and developers on the intersection of the vacation rental and BTR sectors. 


10.30 - 11.00 WHAT’S NEXT FOR DATA, TECH AND AI? ENABLING SMART SHORT-TERM RENTAL DECISIONS FOR ENHANCED PROFITABILITY: A look at innovative property, channel management and distribution solutions to maximise efficiency, productivity and demand. what’s next?


11.00 - 11.30 Tea, coffee and light bites: Time to network and connect.


In partnership with AJL Atelier


May 10 2022

Serviced Apartments Montcalm Hotel, Royal London House, London

08.30 – 09.15 Tea, coffee and pastries - reach out to somebody you don’t know and learn something new

09.15 - 9.30 Welcome and sponsor introductions

09.30 – 10.15 Investor sentiment: How serviced apartments and extended stay became the stars in the hospitality firmament, and is the asset light model on the rise?

• Robert Miles, director, Fortress Investment Group

• Ragnar Jongen, investment manager at DN Capital

10.15 – 10.45 Green finance, social purpose and the role of ESG in the serviced apartment space

• Presentation by Andrew Harrington, partner, AHV Associates

10.45 – 11.15 Business travel has changed forever. How can serviced accommodation providers adapt to the new landscape?

Panel discussion featuring:

• MJ Paschall, senior vice president, AKA Hotel Residences

• Shabina Awan, head of partner development, SilverDoor

• Carol Fergus, director - global travel, meetings and ground transportation at Fidelity International

11.15 – 11.45 Tea, coffee and light bites – more time to connect and do business



In 2021, we hosted a week long series of online webinar sessions [March 2021] sponsored by Yardi. 

To view the whole playlist click HERE

Monday 1/3/2021, 10:00 - 1100hrs GMT:

Understanding urban living markets: how are hospitality and real estate asset classes performing and what’s the outlook? 

Host: George Sell, Editor-in-chief, IHM

Quickfire presentations from:

Alex Robinson, Senior Manager - Industry Partners, STR (Hotels and Serviced Apartments)

Fred Lerche-Lerchenborg, CEO, Lavanda (Student Housing)

Sarah DuPre, Sales Director, AirDNA (Airbnb and Short Term Rentals)

Susan Tjarksen, Managing Director, Cushman and Wakefield (Co-Living)

Watch the replay HERE

Monday 1/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: Investment strategies of the future.

Discussing the unique opportunities investors expect to see in 2021 and beyond.

As the UK transitions outside of the EU, and the crisis passes, how are real estate investors adapting to the accelerated trends and structural changes affecting a range of asset classes. How is this affecting liquidity and pricing and will we see more distressed opportunities on the horizon? What will the risk / reward spectrum look like and how will investors drive forward capital allocations and adjust risk strategies.

Host: Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Nick Barker, Director, Gravis Capital

Jonathon Ivory, Managing Director, Packaged Living

Patrick Smith, Investment Director, Frogmore

Freddie Wonnacott, Associate Director, M and G

Watch the replay HERE

Tuesday 2/3/2021, 10:00 - 1100hrs GMT: Battle of the assets classes (Hybrid accommodation vs Hotels vs Serviced Apartments vs BTR vs Student Housing vs Senior Living) - who will be the 'winners' post-crisis

Light-hearted but with a serious message, each speaker has 5 mins max to convince the audience the hospitality asset they represent will be the most favoured investment class post-crisis. Each member of the audience has an imaginery £100 million GBP to allocate, who will be the winner?

Host: Neal Gemassmer, VP International Yardi

Philip Camble, Director, Whitebridge Hospitality (Hotels)

Harry Douglass, Associate Director - Hospitality, HVS (Hybrid accommodation)

Jo Winchester, Executive Director, CBRE (Co-living)

Honor Barratt, Managing Director, Birchgrove (Retirement Living)

Ben Davis, Co-founder, Saxbury (Serviced Apartments / Extended Stay)

James Pargeter, GAA (Build To Rent)

Paddy Allen, Head of operational capital markets, Colliers International (Student Housing)

Watch the replay HERE

Tuesday 2/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: How technology is powering Build to Rent (BTR)

What role can technology play in helping manage the relationship between landlords, operators and residents and is the BTR sector wholeheartedly embracing the use of technology?

You will learn:

How technology continues to develop, not only to meet current needs, but the future requirements of both operators and residents in a rapidly evolving, service-driven space.
Tips and challenges on defining requirements and implementation
Cost v reward conundrum
How important tech-enabled properties are from an investors' perspective

Host: Dave Butler, CEO, UKAA

Jo Vandebergh, Chief Enabling Officer, Bringme

Justin Harley, Regional Director, Yardi

Martin Zdravkov, Head of Residential and Impact Investments, LaSalle Investment Management

Sibel Osman, Head of PRS, Rendall & Rittner

Watch the replay HERE

Wednesday 03/03/2021,  10:00 - 11:00hrs GMT: The outlook on the flex economy and future of the workspace

How the flexible workplace evolves and what the new way of working will be over the next few months is a fascinating employee / employer and hospitality / real estate debate.

You will learn:

What lies ahead for the future of the modern office space.
How design and functionality is going to change post-pandemic.
How operations and AI is changing the way buildings are managed


Space-as-a-service v productivity-as-a-service.
Working from office v Working from home conundrum.
Flexible v long term leases - what's changing?
How operators are helping businesses 'back to work'

Host: Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Ted Orf, Co-founder, Revolt Ventures

Divya Rao, Workplace Strategist, KKS Savills

Robert Ryan, Property Director, Techspace

Antony Slumbers, Co-founder, Real Innovation Academy

Neil Usher, Chief Workplace and Change Strategist, GoSpace AI

 Watch the replay HERE



Wednesday 3/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: Mixed-use utopia - work, rest and play

With the shift in working and living patterns, mixed use development continues to be a trend in real estate, and most projects combine a residential and commercial component. The pandemic has prompted many developers and investors to look to diversify across a range of asset classes within individual projects, offering greater resilience across market cycles and evolving political, demographic and economic scenarios.

You will learn:

What to consider when evaluating the feasibility of a mixed use development.
How to leverage the synergies of each real estate component.
Tips on selecting your best partners and placemaking.
Potential challenges and pitfalls.
The key factors when designing the development to ensure it is attractive to tenants, and will stay desirable in the long term.
Future-proofing your development.

  Host: Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Richard Berridge, Head of strategy and enterprise, Howsy

Eoin Conroy, Investment/Development Director, YOO Group

Neil Davies, Founding Director, Neil Davies Architects LLP

Marloes Knippenberg, CEO, Kerten Hospitality

Holly Mitchell, Director, Simply Planning

Watch the replay HERE

Thursday 4/3/2021, 10:00 - 11:00hrs GMT:  Re-purposing redundant real-estate into new forms.

Real estate is increasingly being repurposed to revitalise struggling towns and cities to better meet the changing needs and preferences of city dwellers, workers, travellers and local communities. People are already readying themselves for the 'future different'. How will people stay, live and work in urban centres, and what will be the hospitality offerings of the future. Topics covered to include: planning, architecture and design, conversion, repositioning and future customer preferences.

Host: George Sell, Editor-in-chief IHM

Dexter Moren, Director, Dexter Moren Associates

Jonathan Humphries, Chairman, HoCoSo

Simon Wallis, Director, Planning, Savills

Johannes Kangas, CEO, Forenom

Watch the replay HERE

Thursday 4/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: Sustainability in Urban Development 

Host: Katharine Le Quesne, Managing Director, HOCOSO

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, Energy & Environment Alliance

Matt Aspiotis Morley, Biofilico Wellness Interiors

Dr. Stefan Plesser, CEO, Synavision

Peter Sharratt, Managing Director, Fhoras Consulting

Sophie Carruth, Head of Sustainability Europe, LaSalle Investment Management

Watch the replay HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions please contact marketing@internationalhospitality.media

What if I can't join the live events?

For each webinar you have registered you will receive a on-demand recording within 48 hours of the live event.

How do I join the event?

You will receive a unique joining link for each session you have selected, which will arrive in separate emails closer to the event. A reminder email with the unique link will arrive one hour before the event. To join the event click the link in the email.

Do I need any software?

No, we use zoom to run our webinars. You can access the event on any platform that supports zoom either in your browser or the zoom application on computer, smartphone or tablet.

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“The Urban Living Festival proved to be an incredible opportunity for our company to further build our European business. We ventured all the way over from Vancouver Canada, and the trip was well worth the effort! All-in-all, we thoroughly enjoyed being a sponsor, found it tremendously productive, and look forward to returning again in 2022. Thank you for putting together such a well-run, professionally organized, and highly impactful event.”

Steve Davis CEO - Operto Guest Technologies