Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development
We believe that Sustainability, Urbanism and Real Estate Development are intertwined, that cities are our most sustainable resource, and hold the key to our social, economic, and culturally equitable future, as well as our planet’s environmental protection. The skill sets to develop sustainable real estate development projects in this evolving urban marketplace must employ strategies for engaging the interplay of economic, community and environmental concerns, in order to be truly successful. With this distinctive MSRED Program, the Tulane School of Architecture is focused on a diverse range of innovative business and design opportunities with an emphasis on “regenerative” Real Estate Development in our cities.
The program prepares post-baccalaureate students from diverse fields to explore and value the regenerative development of our cities. By providing a blended education in business, sustainable design, urbanism, economics and legal issues, we equip our graduates to become effective and influential participants and contributors in the fields of real estate, finance, development, and design. This is a practitioner oriented degree, and we aspire to identify and build opportunities for graduates to work in for-profit and non-profit business settings that produce innovative strategies for sustainable real estate development. Our diverse faculty is our strength, covering the breadth of enterprises necessary in this field, many of whom have national reputations and accomplishments in the fields of real estate development, community-based planning, design and urbanism. The program supports and encourages nationally significant research utilizing lessons from New Orleans as a laboratory with larger implications for other communities; and draws from case study examples across the United States exploring the power of public-private partnerships, innovative financing strategies and an integrated design process offering strategies for lasting global sustainability.
The Tulane Master of Sustainable Real Estate program was profiled by Urban Land Institute Magazine in an article titled University Real Estate Programs Today: Active and Evolving.
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This is an excellent time to be in New Orleans. As American cities benefit from reinvestment, revitalization, and innovative development strategies, New Orleans provides extraordinary case studies in the post-Katrina era. In the effort to rebuild an economy and focus on environmental solutions to protect this region, New Orleans and Tulane are at the forefront of the sustainable development movement. As affordable housing and economic development needs are considered and neighborhoods and businesses are rebuilt, questions emerge constantly regarding density, market growth and economic value in relation to community, the environment and a personal connection to the City. This program addresses these questions while examining successful case studies throughout North America and the world.
Tulane University is already integral to the larger process of rebuilding in New Orleans and the region in areas including public education, public health, and architecture’s role in the public realm.
In large part, the success of the MSRED program at Tulane is a credit to the exceptional faculty that has been assembled. View faculty bios online.
The Sustainable Real Estate Development Program has established an outreach component to support the community work of the Tulane School of Architecture through the URBANBuild, Tulane Regional Urban Development Center, and Tulane City Center programs which have been central in the process of rebuilding New Orleans. The students, with the support of faculty and practitioners, are able to provide financial analysis, market evaluations and green certification for the community projects implemented through these programs.
In addition to undertaking the work in the courses, you will find multiple opportunities to interact with industry professionals, many of whom will come to lecture in classes. Through supporting alumni and the development community around the country, practitioners from major U.S. urban centers, including Boston, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and the world at large participate in the curriculum via academic coursework as well as in the field replete with professional practices and development projects.
During the summer Field Study coursework, our students go to Washington DC and New York City to learn about the scale of development and the approaches to sustainability in these cities. These are memorable and significant trips for our students that are made possible by an impressive list of presenters and supporters, including the Forest City Ratner Companies, the General Services Administration, Living City Block, JBG Companies, the DC Office of Planning, the DC Department of the Environment, Canal Park Development Association, Bank of America Community Development Financing, FX Fowle Architects, Alloy Development, NeighborWorks, the National Building Museum, SORG Architects, Wiebenson and Dorman Architects, Bowman Consulting, PlaNYC, Silverstein Properties, the World Trade Center Organization, MDF Development, Ennead Architects, NYU Schack Institute, HR&A Advisors, Cooper Joseph Studio, Enterprise Community Partners and the New York and DC Housing Authorities and touched on neighborhoods in DC and New York including Southwest, Southeast, and the U Street corridor in the District of Columbia and the Bryant Park, Times Square, and the Downtown Manhattan and the Atlantic Yards and DUMBO areas of Brooklyn.
In the Fall semester, the students and faculty attend the ULI Fall Conference. As part of this travel, we tour projects in the surrounding area that are best practices in sustainable real estate development.
We offer our gradate students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Architecture degree in conjunction with the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Degree, typically with one additional semester of course work. Contact the Director of Graduate Architecture for details.
Students come from many different backgrounds in the built environment: from sales and communications, to brokerage, construction, architecture, and finance. Therefore, it is important that a broad base of industry relationships be developed. Through the Directed Research Project, students work with a range of industry partners on a semester long project to cap off their studies. If you have a project you would like to develop with a student please contact Casius Pealer.
Through our industry partnerships and working with students the program provides information with regard to summer internships, resumé building, opportunities, interview workshops and information sessions.