The Harvard Real Estate Weekend is an annual conference jointly presented by The Real Estate and Development Club of the Graduate School of Design and The Real Estate Club of Harvard Business School. It aims to engage next generation leaders with industry experts through an inclusive and globally oriented forum. Together we explore, debate and advance topics that have the potential to transform the real estate industry.


*Student discount available - see Eventbrite page for details.

Please note that the Development Workshop is officially sold out. Thank very much for your interest!


*Subject to change

Sat March 09

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Gund Hall

48 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

7:30-8:30  Development Workshop Registration (with separate schedule; requires pre-purchased ticket)

10:30-11:30  General Conference Registration / Brunch

11:30-1:00  Keynote 1 (Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor, City of New York)

1:15-2:15  Panel 1: Real Estate Tech Panel

2:30-3:30  Panel 2: ‘The Co-Era’ - Shared Economy in Real Estate

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-5:00  Panel 3: How to Start Your Own Real Estate Firm

5:15-6:30 Keynote 2 (Mustafa K. Abadan, Partner at SOM Architects, in conversation with John Durshinger, VP of Design at Brookfield Property Partners)

6:30-8:00  Mixer / Cocktail Party

Sun Mar 10

Harvard Business School

Klarman Hall

Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163

8:00-9:00  Registration / Breakfast

9:00-10:00  Panel 4: Real Estate Investment

10:15-11:15  Panel 5: Trends in Hospitality

11:15-12:00 Lunch Break (Williams Room, Spangler Hall)

12:00-1:00 Keynote 3 (Michael Stern, CEO of JDS Development Group, in conversation with Simon Koster, Principal and Marci Clark, Phd, Director)

1:15-2:15  Panel 6: Opportunity Zones

2:30-3:30  Panel 7: Mega-project Development

3:45  Closing Remarks



Sara Ho (MBA ‘20)

Ina Li (MPP / MUP ‘20)

Taito Ohe (MBA ‘20)

George Zhang (MArch I ‘21)

Panel Directors

Investment Panel: Moe Bakri (MDes REBE ‘20), Toshi Osaka (MBA ‘19)

Megaprojects Panel: Risa Meyers (MDes REBE ‘20), Hong Suk Yang (MDes REBE' ‘19)

Technology Panel: Dixi Wu (MArch I ‘21), Wei Xiao (MDes REBE / MArch II ‘19)

Shared Economy Panel: Hannah Bao (MDes REBE ‘20), Ina Li (MPP / MUP ‘20)

Opportunity Zone Panel: Malia Teske (MUP ‘19), Michael Genovesi (AB ‘19)

Hospitality Panel: Sara Ho (MBA ‘20), Caroline Liao (MBA' ‘20)

How to Start Your Own Real Estate Firm: Atif Qadir

Development Workshop Directors

Ankita Jain (MDes REBE ‘19)


Marie Archibald (MBA ‘20)

Zarina Ateig (MDes REBE ‘20)

Chen Li (MAUD ‘19)


Zheng Cong (MLA II ‘19)

Xiaoxiao Liu (MDes CC ‘19)


This conference would not have been
Possible without their generous support


Harvard Graduate School of Design

Diamond Sponsor

Sponsored in part by a generous gift from J. W. Kaempfer, Jr. MBA ’71. Mr. Kaempfer made a joint gift to the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Harvard Business School (HBS) with intention to realize the benefits of “breakthrough communications between the design field and the world of commerce."  The fund is used for joint GSD-HBS entrepreneurial activities.  This gift has also supported the HarvardxDesign Conference.


Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board (HAREB)

diamond sponsor

The Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, established in 2016, is comprised of University alumni in the field of real estate whose focus is: 
-    To promote the study of real estate across the University, 
-    To provide an enhanced experience for students at Harvard studying real estate, and
-    To create a beneficial network of alumni working in real estate to foster professional and personal growth.


Stewart Title

Gold sponsor

At Stewart, we believe in building strong relationships, which are the cornerstone of every closing, every transaction and every deal. Each and every day, our loyal associates work hard to enable and protect real estate ownership for our residential and commercial customers – and we have been doing so for well over a century.

Our company began in Galveston, Texas, in 1893, and has grown into one of the largest real estate service companies in the industry. Over the years, one thing that’s remained constant is our commitment to innovating and improving ourselves to meet the needs of our customers and the ever-changing market. Stewart is prepared for the future. Our deliberate and steady growth enables us to continue innovating and developing new solutions that will help us better serve our customers.


The Collective

silver sponsor

Our mission is simple: we want to build a world that's more alive, more together and more collaborative. Our buildings are so much more than just bricks and mortar: they redefine the way people choose to live, work and play by providing unique shared environments that unlock inspiration and make every single day extraordinary. We create places where you can meet new people, try new things, and learn something new every day.




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