Relearning the Lost Art of Small-Scale Development

KC Design Week and KC Incremental Development Alliance are teaming up to host a special event featuring four design-focused small-scale developers incorporating great design into development projects within historic Kansas City neighborhoods. They will share their experience building small-scale development projects in the places they love, and how a strong underlying design process informed their strategy. Speakers will share insights about how historical context informed their projects, how contemporary design-build can be well integrated into mature neighborhoods, the challenges of building small, and why both efficiency and design are important tools as small-scale developers.


Outsourced Event | Vaccination & Mask Requirement
Relearning the Lost Art of Small-Scale Development is a special event organized and presented by KC Incremental Development Alliance for 2022 KC Design Week!

We have selected each “outsource” presenter to deliver something new, something cutting-edge, something unforgettable, and something delightful to add to our schedule. KC Design Week appreciates KC Incremental Development Alliance for their enthusiastic participation!

These events are presented FREE of charge, but advance registration is REQUIRED.

Per CDC recommendations, masks are strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Monday, April 25
5:30pm - 7:00pm
5:30pm Registration
6:00pm Discussion

Sam De Jong

Sam De Jong is an Associate Principal in BNIM’s Kansas City office. He is passionate about design for social impact with the belief that architecture of high quality and innovation is created by disparate minds coming together. Sam’s extensive experience at BNIM bridges numerous project types and scales, from higher education projects with University of Missouri and Rockhurst University, to housing, nonprofit, religious, urban design and planning, and diplomatic work with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. Most recently, Sam championed BNIM’s approach to the development of sustainable, equitable housing for all through an initiative called Address. Sam’s dedication to a holistic human-centered design approach has been recognized for design excellence through numerous local, regional and national design awards, including an AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Award for a volunteer project in rural western Kenya at the Asilong Christian High School.

Alex Hilton

Alex has been with Grandbridge Real Estate Capital since 2013. As a vice president in our Kansas City Metro office, he's responsible for the origination of commercial and multifamily loans, and sourcing institutional equity for real estate transactions. Alex has experience structuring transactions involving permanent financing (forward commitments and immediate fundings), construction/permanent financing, bridge and mezzanine loans, and equity capital for a variety of property types, including multifamily, retail, industrial, office, medical office, self-storage, owner-user and hospitality. 

Alex earned his MBA from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. During his undergraduate studies, Alex dual majored receiving bachelor's degrees in both business administration and political science from William Jewell College in 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Governors at William Jewell College. 

He's a current member of various commercial real estate organizations including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

Diane Botwin

Diane has now been in real estate development and management for thirty-five years. She started Botwin & Company in 1986 with her parents as a property management company. Today, Botwin Commercial Development and Botwin Property Management includes commercial real estate in the Crossroads Arts District, the Waldo neighborhood, the Columbus Park neighborhood as well as property in Bonner Springs, KS. Her focus is to provide neighborhood sensitive commercial development that is thoughtful in its design and place within a neighborhood. All her commercial tenants are small businesses.  She loves small entrepreneurs because they are so resilient, creative, and interesting. Diane also is an avid supporter of local ar. She has engaged with artists like Jim Woodfill, Marcie Miller Gross, Anne Lindberg and Sonié Joy Ruffin to ask the good questions and help her incorporate their visions and work into her buildings. 

Joining forces with Andrew Ganahl and Katie Collum has been invigorating for her. She is expanding her experiences into residential development. As she says, “Even old dogs can learn a few new tricks.” 

Diane holds a BFA in Music from Newcomb College at Tulane University and a law degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. She hates bullying and loves collaboration. She thinks you should do your homework and show up prepared, be accountable, open minded, and kind.

Shomari Benton

Shomari Benton is an experienced real estate attorney who focuses his practice on real estate transactions and real estate development.  He has represented clients in all aspects of real estate law including development, financing, purchases, sales, leasing, joint ventures, planning and zoning, brownfield development and real estate litigation.  He is also an entrepreneur and community activist via ownership/principal involvement in the historic rehabilitation of  2000 Vine, Wheatley-Provident Hospital and the Boone Theater, all in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Vine District.