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.


*Institutional discount available - contact below for details.


*Subject to change

Sat March 09

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

48 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

7:30-8:30  Development Workshop Registration (with separate schedule)

10:30-11:30  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 (Leila Collins, MetaProp; Benjamin Pleat, Cobu; Nate Loewentheil, Camber Creek; Dimitrios Pilitsis, Cadre; Jack Ryan, REX Real Estate)

2:30-3:30  Panel 2: ‘The Co-Era’ - Shared Economy in Real Estate (Brian Harrington, CBRE Hana; Brian Lee, Common; Jill Ju, The Collective; Yoan Kamalski, Hmlet)

3:45-4:45  Panel 3: How to Start Your Own Real Estate Firm (Atif Z. Qadir, Amanat Properties in conversation with Liah Chin, Avela Real Estate Parnters; Jason Morganroth, Capital Solutions; Matthias Hollwich, Hollwich Kushner; Joseph Furey, Michael Graves Architecture & Design; Jerome Smalley, Blueprint Robotics)

5:00-6:00  Keynote 2 (Mustafa K. Abadan, Partner at SOM Architects, in conversation with John Durshinger, VP of Design at Brookfield Property Partners)

6:00-8:00  Mixer / Cocktail Party

Sun Mar 10

Harvard Business School

Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163

8:00-9:00  Registration / Breakfast

9:00-10:00  Panel 4: Real Estate Investment (Ben Brady, Bain Capital; Olivia John, Blackstone; Donald Sheets, Clarion Partners; Joseph A. McMillan Jr., DDG; Charles F. Wu, Harvard Business School)

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

11:30-1:00 Keynote 3 (Michael Stern, CEO of JDS Development Group)

1:15-2:15  Panel 6: Opportunity Zones (Eric A. Clement, NYC EDC; Jennifer Collins, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University; Chelsea Amelia Cruz, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Jesse M. Keenan, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equity; Bryan Woo, Youngwoo&Associates)

2:30-3:30  Panel 7: Mega-project Development (Nuno Abreau, Slash; Brian Coulter, JBG Smith; Jonathan Drescher, Plaxall/Anable Basin; David Himmel, Jamestown; Cali Williams, NYCEDC)

3:45  Closing Remarks / Reception

Development Workshop

The workshop is a one-day program in which students and young professionals will be placed in interdisciplinary teams and led by a coach to pitch a development proposal to a panel of jurors. On March 9th, you will go on a site tour lead by a developer on the project and respond to the RFP with your own vision from planning, phasing, financial and marketing angles. The Workshop aims to simulate a development RFP response process that real estate professions must go through to qualify for existing, complex projects.

As a participant, you will:

• Go behind the scenes and tour the Project site, which is currently under development.

• Gain exposure on the pre-development and RFP process that developers, architects, and consultants must go through to qualify exciting large-scale, public, or complex projects.

• Enjoy an opportunity to network and work closely with students and young professionals working in real estate development and design.

• Present your work in front of a jury consisting of industry leaders and senior Harvard faculty involved in the planning, design and development process for large-scale projects.

As an participant you are expected to provide the following commitments:

• Offer your creativity, skills and ideas to create a successful master plan to submit to Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for approval.

• Your participation will be required for the entire workshop on March 9th, 8am-6pm.

The workshop will be attended by Coaches and Judges from reputed firms such as HYM Investments, NBBJ, Colliers International, Blackstone, Woodbridge, Beacon Capital etc. Participants will receive the workshop guide and project RFP 8th evening.

Purchase tickets separately ($160 – includes tickets to RE Weekend and Development Workshop)

For any additional questions or concerns feel free to email the Development Workshop Director - Ankita Jain on ajain@gsd.harvard.edu



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)



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