2021: Re-Imagining Our Lives Series (Real Estate and Office Environments: What’s Ahead)

2021: Re-Imagining Our Lives Series (Real Estate and Office Environments: What’s Ahead)

2021: Re-Imagining Our Lives is a new series of programs that will explore a wide range of impactful topics as we emerge from the pandemic.

On the minds of many people is our workspace.

After months of working from home:

  • What can we look forward to seeing in our offices?
  • How will we re-integrate into those spaces?
  • How will people who want to continue to work from home long term impact the use of office space?

To answer these questions, our panelists will discuss trends in commercial real estate, the migration of companies to locations outside Manhattan, and how our offices will be designed in the new normal.

Juan Matiz, Founder Matiz Architecture and Design
Bradley Thisdahl, CEO of Tenant Risk Assessment
Drew Thompson, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Westfield, NJ

This event is only open to members in good standing. Please contact [email protected] if you have not renewed your membership or would like to join.


Juan Carlos Matiz is the Founder and AIA LEED AP of Matiz Architecture and Design.

Founded in 2002, the firm has developed into a diverse design studio focusing on educational and community oriented non-profit clients.

Completed projects consist of The Santa Fe Opera master plan, Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters, and projects at Columbia University, NYU, CUNY, Stevens Inst. of Tech and Pratt Institute.

Current projects include the renovation of Queens Community House and multiple projects at the above mentioned academic institutions and other community oriented clients.

Mr. Matiz has served as a design critic at Parsons, FIT and City College. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from Pratt in 1994.

Bradley Thisdahl is Principal and CEO of Tenant Risk Assessment (TRA), the nation’s leading tenant credit consulting firm, working with large institutional investors and owners throughout the United States.

TRA assesses risk both on a lease-by-lease and portfolio-wide basis, assessing where owner/investors are most vulnerable to tenants whose business model, cash flow, and access to capital may not be sufficient to meet their financial obligations. With a core focus on office, retail, and industrial tenants, TRA analyzes proposed leases, and advises on implementation of best practices in the lease structure to better guarantee payment over the life of the lease. TRA’s mission is to institutionalize risk management across a client’s portfolio, protecting owners and investors against a tenant’s downside credit and adverse circumstances.

TRA works with leading owners and investors in the CRE space including Brookfield Properties, Clarion Partners, Invesco, Nuveen, Hines, Hudson Pacific Properties, DWS, Lincoln Property Company, Bridge Investment Group, PNC, Cushman & Wakefield, JLL, Cerberus, CBRE, DivcoWest, Pearlmark, Trammell Crow Company, among others.

With successful track record with more than 15 years of experience as a credit professional, Mr. Tisdahl is directly responsible for TRA’s business development activities, He oversees all of TRA’s operations and ongoing credit modeling. Prior to joining TRA, Mr. Tisdahl was an executive with TIAA-CREF and UBS. He holds a BA in mathematical economics from Colgate University and an MBA in finance and accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Drew Thompson is a successful and well know residential real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Reality in NJ. He specializes in helping buyers relocate from New York City to the surrounding suburbs of New Jersey. Mr. Thompson is focused on helping all of his clients secure the house of their dreams at the best possible price and with the best terms.

He currently resides in Westfield, NJ with his wife, their 1-year-old son, 2 year old Bull Mastiff, and upcoming daughter.

The next sessions in this series are:

Re-imagining Camaraderie – April 14

Re-imagining Culture, Entertaining, and Dining – May 6