Casius Pealer is Director of Tulane’s Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development (MSRED) program and a Professor of Practice in the School of Architecture. In addition to these academic roles at Tulane, Casius is Of Counsel in New Orleans office of Coats | Rose, a Houston-based law firm, where he concentrates in the areas of affordable housing, real estate finance, and energy and water efficiency. He also maintains a separate consulting practice, Oystertree Consutling, supporting public agencies and nonprofit developers using green building as an additional tool to achieve long-term affordable housing solutions.
Trained as an architect and a real estate attorney, Professor Pealer has over 17 years of community development experience, including four years as legal counsel for public housing authorities across the country implementing mixed-finance redevelopment projects. Professor Pealer has also worked in the nonprofit sector as the first Director of Affordable Housing at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and in the public sector as Assistant General Counsel for Real Estate at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).
In addition to being a regular speaker at professional conferences nationally, Professor Pealer was 2011 Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing Committee as well as a board member of the Association for Community Design, a national nonprofit organization of community-based architects and designers. He has also been published in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the AIA Journal of Architecture, and Affordable Housing Finance Magazine.
Professor Pealer is licensed to practice law in New York State and Washington, DC, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the Tulane School of Architecture and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.