Apply to attend GO PRO in Brooklyn on October 15 and 16.

Each of the five GO PRO program areas will feature a different aspect of the design, development, and construction of Barclays Center presented by the design and construction teams. Attendees will tour Barclays Center to experience the impact of the design process and will leave with a holistic understanding of the complexity of completing a project.


Thursday, October 15

10:30 - 11 a.m.


11 a.m. - Noon 

Welcome and PROcess: Part 1 (0.1 CEU)
Nadine Berger, AIA, LEED AP, project director, SHoP Architects
Ayumi Sugiyama, AIA, LEED BD+C, project director, SHoP Architects

Learn how Barclays Center moved from a concept in 2009 when SHoP Architects was hired, to completion in 2012 when the arena opened. Discover how the firm built a relationship with the client to win the project, translated project scope, and developed a design solution to fit within the Brooklyn neighborhood. Gain an understanding of the complexity of this large-scale project and the process required to make it a reality.

Noon - 1 p.m.

Break and Lunch

1 - 3 p.m.

PROject: Tour of the Barclays Center (0.1 CEU)

After learning the project basics, tour Barclays Center to see the results and impact of the design process firsthand. 

3 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

PROcess: Part 2 (0.1 CEU)
Nadine Berger, AIA, LEED AP, project director, SHoP Architects
Ayumi Sugiyama, AIA, LEED BD+C, project director, SHoP Architects 

After experiencing Barclays Center, review the design development, construction process, and lessons learned from the project.  

4:30 - 5 p.m.


5 - 6 p.m.

PRO Bono: Community Impact - Creating a Community through Place (0.1 CEU)
Mia Hall, community manager, Barclays Center 

Barclays Center isn’t just an arena, it is a center point for the community. Since opening in 2012, Barclays Center has been committed to giving back and bettering the lives of those in the surrounding communities. From providing to area residents during Hurricane Katrina to opening its doors to areas schools, Barclays strives to use its space to positively impact the community’s youth and adults through various initiatives and programs focusing on the following four pillars: Arts, Community Development, Education and Athletics. In this session Mia Hall, Community Manager for Barclays Center, will walk participants through its programs and how building has been used to provide a greater sense of community. 

6 - 7 p.m.


7 - 9 p.m.

Dinner with New York-based Design Influentials
A select number of attendees will be invited to dine with leaders in the New York design marke


Friday, October 16

9 - 9:30 a.m.


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

PROduct (0.1 CEU)
Karen Goldstick, principal, Goldstick Lighting Design, Ltd. 

Complex projects require the engagement of multiple teams. Hear from the lighting consultant on the Barclays Center project whose scope encompassed all interior lighting. Learn how lighting was integrated into the architectural design concept to shape space and to assist in wayfinding. Attendees will learn how working with a consultant provides effective solutions for a project.

10:30 - 11 a.m.


11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

PROfessional Development (0.1 CEU) and Closing
Susan S. Szenasy, publisher and editor in chief, Metropolis magazine (moderator)
Winthrop Hoyt, vice president, Forest City Ratner Companies

Learn what a client values when selecting a design team. This moderated discussion will provide attendees with an understanding of how to build valuable business relationships.