Casius Pealer

Director of Sustainable Real Estate Development, Shane Professor of Practice
Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School; Master and Bachelor of Architecture, Tulane University
Office Hours:

Anytime Monday-Friday by appointment

Research and Teaching Interests:

Affordable Housing, Public Housing, Green Building Design, Sustainable Planning


SRED 6020 - Directed Research


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 Principal of Oystertree Consulting, where he concentrates in the areas of public housing development, affordable housing policy, and the impacts of design and construction on health outcomes, energy use and water use. He is also currently the President of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of New Orleans.

Trained as an architect and a real estate attorney, Professor Pealer has over 18 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 and is a current board member for Next City, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. Professor Pealer has been published in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the AIA Journal of Architecture, and Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. He is licensed to practice law in New York State and Washington, DC, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Professor Pealer holds a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and a Masters in Architecture from the Tulane School of Architecture.


Professor Pealer’s professional research spans both the professions of law and architecture, focusing most recently on the sustainable design and operations of public and affordable housing in the U.S. He has completed policy research projects for national affordable housing organizations such as Enterprise Community Partners and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), as well as more project-based research for the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Dallas-based TexEnergy Solutions. This research focuses on the connections between housing finance requirements (including public housing and tax credit incentives) and long-term operations and maintenance savings.

Professor Pealer also provides training and technical assistance, including for organizations such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAI Group). This work focuses on expanding the use of green building techniques in residential design, construction and operations, to achieve long-term affordable housing goals.

Before attending law school and focusing on housing and community development, Professor Pealer was heavily engaged in research and advocacy surrounding the transition from education to practice in the field of architecture. This work included in-depth study of academic accreditation and licensing requirements across professional disciplines, as well as a series of national surveys of architecture interns. Professor Pealer focused in part on the increasing role and potential of public service and public interest design in the education, training and practice of architects.

As Director of the MSRED program at Tulane, Professor Pealer has an important ongoing academic and career advising role, both for current MSRED students and for recent alumni. He officially coordinates the Summer Field Study trip each year, and also teaches the capstone Directed Research course required for MSRED students. This course itself consists of separate student research projects spanning topics in real estate as diverse as our students’ interests.

Casius Pealer

Director of Sustainable Real Estate Development, Shane Professor of Practice

Featured Research Publications

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Sustainable Option Contractors Magazine (Oman) Magazine Article View Link
Green Policies Build Green Homes Published by Enterprise Community Partners Presentation View Link
The Measures of ‘Safe and Decent’ Housing Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog Magazine Article View Link
Staying Current and Healthy with Efficient Building Practices Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog Magazine Article View Link
The State of Transit in New Orleans Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog Magazine Article View Link
The International Green Construction Code: Coming Soon to a City Near You ABA Forum on Construction Law - Energy and Environment Newsletter Journal Article View Link
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