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Next Generation Honoree: PALMA’s Manuel Marti Focuses on Sustainable Design

An accomplished architect and design leader, Manuel Martí is a studio head for PALMA, which he joined in 2018. His diverse portfolio for PALMA and previous firms includes work throughout the United States and the Middle East, including high-rises, corporate headquarters, academic buildings, residential/mixed-use and medical centers.

That’s just one of the reasons we chose Marti to be one of the Chicago 2019 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

Marti’s interests are particularly rooted in sustainable and environmental design—he worked as an energy and climate change analyst for a regional planning commission while pursuing his master’s degree. He brings invaluable analysis and expertise in these approaches to each project.

Over the past seven years, Marti has made a career out of developing and promoting sustainable designs for some of the leading architecture firms in the world. He brings his knowledge on environmental assessment procedures, and has a keen ability to translate this knowledge into collaboration.

At Pickard Chilton, where he worked from 2012 to 2015, Marti was an integral member of the sustainability committee, assisting design teams with decisions regarding daylighting and energy and water conservation, and also introducing new sustainability software including DIVA and Sefaira. Furthermore, he promoted sustainable design by organizing presentations that promote daylight and energy analyses throughout the studio.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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