OZ Partner Mentors the Next Generation of Architects

Rebecca Stone, a managing partner at OZ Architecture, is currently serving as a judge for one of Colorado’s largest and most exciting real estate events – the 2016 NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (RMREC.)

Each year, the Colorado chapter of NAIOP, a national commercial real estate development association, selects a property to serve as the site of a challenge aimed at harnessing the creative thinking of the best and brightest real estate graduate students from the University of Colorado and University of Denver.  Students form multiple teams and work to create development proposals for the selected property. This year, the property is Westminster Station in Westminster, Colorado, a transit plaza that will serve as a central hub within the surrounding 135-acre transit-oriented development (TOD) area.

Teams have been hard at work since January, evaluating potential TOD opportunities on a 21-acre site adjacent to the station including office space, housing, shopping, entertainment, restaurants and more. The students are charged with conducting market research, analyzing every aspect of the site and creating a vision for the property, all under the mentorship of local architectural firms which assist them in the project’s design, refinement of their vision, and considerations related to zoning and entitlements.

On April 28, finalists will be judged by a group of seasoned professionals, one of whom is OZ’s own Rebecca Stone.  Serving as a judge for this event feeds one of Rebecca’s biggest passions – mentoring.  Despite the demands of her day-to-day work designing dynamic spaces for OZ clients and volunteering with other architecture and real estate industry organizations, Rebecca is committed to serving as a mentor to the next generation of architects.

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