Casius Pealer

Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program, Professor of Practice
Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 2005; Master and Bachelor of Architecture, Tulane University, 1996

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am

 

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.

Casius Pealer

Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program, Professor of Practice

Legends South Phase II - Chicago, IL

Legends South is the redevelopment of a Chicago Housing Authority project built in the 1960s. The former Robert Taylor Homes was the largest public housing development in the country, with 28 sixteen-story concrete high-rise elevator buildings. This phase of the redevelopment consists of 118 rental units including 52 public housing, 43 affordable, and 23 market-rate units with a new community center and management office.

Fairlawn-Marshall Redevelopment - Washington, DC

The Fairlawn-Marshall redevelopment includes 98 rehabilitated units in nine scattered site buildings in SE Washington, DC. This project involved the relocation of existing residents, and was funded through a combination of LIHTC equity, public housing Capital Funds, and a loan from DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund. Additionally, this project was met Enterprise Green Communities standards in accordance with the DC Green Building Act of 2006.

HUD Green Academy Training - nationwide

The HUD Green Academy is a series of instructor-led courses for HUD grantees and HUD staff around the country. The five-day certification program focuses on green building principles, operations and maintenance, project finance, organizational policies, and energy performance contracting. Oystertree led the development of the course content and Oystertree trainers delivered the courses at HUD Field Offices across the country.

PHA Sustainability Assessment - Philadelphia, PA

From 2011-2012, Oystertree conducted a comprehensive sustainability assessment for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. This work included extensive staff interviews, a staff survey, meetings with resident leaders and community partners, as well as documentation of current PHA successes in energy and water efficiency and resident health. Oystertree provided PHA with an 86-page report, including key metrics and a matrix of over 80 specific recommendations.

LIHTC Green Building Survey - nationwide

Enterprise Community Partners hired Oystertree to conduct a nationwide survey of state housing finance agencies (HFAs) to assess green building programs in Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs). The final data showed that 63% of all LIHTC units financed in 2010 committed to meet a holistic green building standard. These commitments will result in 37,000 green affordable housing units.

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