I am pleased to announce the appointment of Casius Pealer, Esq., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP as a Professor of Practice and Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program at the Tulane School of Architecture. Professor Pealer will guide the program as it enters its fourth year, following Christopher Calott, AIA who recently accepted a tenured position in architecture and urbanism at UC Berkeley. Professor Pealer is a Tulane alumnus who helped create the MSRED program; he brings nationally recognized talent and skills in multiple disciplines and a commitment to teaching and practice that will continue to strengthen this unique program.
Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA
Favrot Professor and Dean
CASIUS PEALER, ESQ., ASSOC. AIA, LEED AP has over 17 years of diverse experience in community and economic development with a dual background in architecture and law. He spent four years in Washington, DC as a real estate attorney and will continue to work part time as Of Counsel in the New Orleans office of Coats | Rose in their Real Estate and Affordable Housing sections.
Pealer is a leading national expert in green and sustainable innovations as they apply to residential properties. As the first Director of Affordable Housing at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Pealer spearheaded USGBC’s programs in that sector through professional education and legislative policy initiatives. Prior to working with USGBC, he was Assistant General Counsel for Real Estate at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), where he helped DCHA implement local green building and sustainability requirements and served on the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council. Pealer has actively combined education and practice throughout his career, teaching as adjunct faculty at Howard University before joining the Tulane faculty as an adjunct lecturer in 2011. His writing on housing and development issues has been published widely, including in the ABA Journal on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Architectural Record, and Affordable Housing Finance Magazine where he was a regular contributor on green building issues.
Pealer is active on numerous professional boards and community groups, including serving as 2009-2010 President of the Association for Community Design (ACD) and 2011 Chair of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) national housing committee. He is also on the local Host Committee for the 2014 USGBC Greenbuild Expo, to be held in New Orleans in October.
In accepting the position of Director for the MSRED program, Pealer believes that “graduates of Tulane’s MSRED program should expect to work on economically and environmentally sustainable projects that still have meaningful impact in a particular place and time.” Pealer is uniquely qualified to combine thinking about individual project finance and design with larger policy and planning issues. He emphasizes that “Tulane’s MSRED program has a national reach, but is an especially important addition to an increasingly innovative real estate and design industry in New Orleans and across the Gulf South.”
Pealer is a LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed to practice law in New York State and the District of Columbia. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan.