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


Saturday March 09

7:30 registration & breakfast

8:30 board bus to site

9:00 site tour

10:00 BUS Back to harvard GSD

10:30 Workshop (Rooms 121-123)

11:30 Lunch & Keynote 1

3:30pm Presentation to jury

Workshop Judges

Sonal Gandhi

senior policy advisor, bpda

Sonal generates and implements policies and programs that further the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s mission of planning and guiding inclusive growth in the City of Boston. She identifies opportunities, plans and manages the formulation of economic development and planning policies for the BPDA and oversees research and analysis on proposals concerning matters of public policy. Prior to this role, Sonal oversaw the growth of the medical institution, healthcare and life-sciences sectors for the City of Boston, leading to the unprecedented growth of one of the leading healthcare and life-sciences clusters in the world. Sonal also works on strategies aiming to attract and retain major businesses in Boston. In 2008, Sonal was named one of Boston’s 40 under 40 by the Boston Business Journal. Along with a degree in Classical Dance, Sonal is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University.


Shane Geha

managing director, eg

Shane, founding Managing Director of EG Property/Urban Planning, is one of the leading re-zoning experts in New South Wales. Shane has extensive rezoning experience and brings a combination of practical know-how and value creation skills to projects he is involved in. Shane completed his PhD in Planning on “Quantifying the Rezoning Effect” at the University of NSW, 2013. He lectures part-time at the University of Sydney in a number of Engineering courses as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Shane was also recently appointed Adjunct Professor at the School of Civil Engineering at UNSW, where he is a course coordinator and lecturer. Shane cofounded EG in 1999 together with Dr Michael Easson (AM) and EG Funds Management in 2000. Shane is also a Founder and Partner of Ridley & Co, leader in Building Information Modelling (BIM), and with over 270 employees.


Reggie Grahm

Founder, Maharger Development

A native Dallasite, Reggie, launched his development career in 1983, buying the first of what would become a collection of 100-year-old commercial structures in a neglected area of downtown Dallas. Specialising in the creative fusion that occurs as an older structure is adapted to modern needs and uses, his company, Maharger Development, has continued to focus on urban buildings, undertaking all aspects of each project from purchase, concept, design, construction, to lease negotiations and property management. In a once forgotten corner of downtown Dallas, Maharger Development has created a dynamic community of tech, advertising, and design firms. This work has attracted critical attention and among other awards, received the Renaissance Award for his urban design work from the City of Dallas. Reggie has served on the Inside the Loop committee, DART Stakeholders committee, the GSD REAI Board, as well as other boards and organizations, and is currently on the GSD Alumni Council, and on HAREB.

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David Hamilton

principal, geobarns llc / lecturer, harvard gsd

David Hamilton has been responsible for innovative real estate development and construction at a variety of scales and project types. As Design Director of Cambridge Innovation Centre, he helped create an important model for startup business incubation spaces. As a Principal of Qroe Farm Preservation Development, he led planning, approvals and construction of Bundoran Farm, a key precedent for privately-funded conservation development. He has since consulted widely on the economics of agricultural preservation within for-profit residential development. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer of Geobarns, LLC, he has directed the construction of over 100 built projects in North America, employing an innovative hybrid timber frame to offer an ecologically responsible and flexible alternative to conventional home and light-commercial framing techniques. He contributes to professional debates and publishes on the topic of sustainability in development and design practice, including Professional Real Estate Development, and International Approaches to Real Estate Development, both coauthored with Richard Peiser.


Alex Krieger

principal, nbbj / professor of practice, harvard gsd

Mr. Krieger, at Harvard GSD, served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, as Director of the Urban Design Program, and as Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture. He has also served in several university-wide roles including as senior planning advisor for Harvard’s campus expansion into Allston, and on the recently established design review committees for both the Allston and Cambridge campuses. Mr. Krieger is a principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm.


Rose Liu

director, colliers international

Rose Liu has specialized in performing financial analytics in capital markets, leasing and development projects. She has generated multiple large leads and engaged various Col-liers service lines globally to completing various assignments with respects to massive residential/mixed-use development with total development costs of over $9 billion. Ms. Liu achieved her MBA in Finance from Stony Brook University and has completed some course work in the M.S. in Real Estate at Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University. Currently, she oversees half a million mixed-use development project in Queens.


Kaitlin McCarthy

project manager, hym investment

Kaitlin McCarthy is a Project Manager at The HYM Investment Group, a Boston based real estate company that focuses on the acquisition, development and management of complicated mixed-use urban projects with major residential, commercial and retail components. Kaitlin’s focus is on the Bulfinch Crossing project, a 2.9 million sf mixed-use project in downtown Boston.Prior to joining The HYM Investment Group, Kaitlin was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and held several roles at Turner Construction Company, including head of the financial reporting department for the Boston office.Kaitlin graduated from Harvard Business School in 2015 with a Master of Business Administration and from Northeastern University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. While at HBS, Kaitlin served as Co-President of the Real Estate Club where she was integral to the first joint HBS-GSD real estate conference as well as the inaugural Real Estate Venture Competition.


Bing Wang

associate professor, harvard GSD / principal, hyperbina

Dr. Bing Wang, Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment, teaches design and real estate courses at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and lectures frequently at top-tier universities worldwide, including Tsinghua University in China and University of Ulster in the UK. She worked as an investment consultant at Lehman Brothers and is one of the founding principals of KaiLong REI and YoungYou Investments LLCs, private equity companies based in Shanghai, focusing on investments in real estate industry and equity investments in media production companies respectively. Her design firm, HyperBina Design Group, has undertaken projects of both architectural and urban scales.


Jonathan Willen

principal, blackstone

Jonathan Willén is a Principal in Blackstone’s Real Estate group, based in London since 2015. Before joining Blackstone, Mr Willén was an Associate at Goldman Sachs, focusing on cross-asset derivatives structuring and client trading. Prior to that, Mr. Willén worked at Morgan Stanley in the credit derivatives structuring group. Mr Willén received a BSc in Economics with First Class Honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master (MDesS) in Real Estate and the Built Environment from the Harvard University GSD.

workshop Coaches

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Justin Chapman

Development manager, skanska

Justin is a Development Manager with Skanska Commercial Development US, where he executes investment, entitlement, and implementation responsibilities on mixed use ventures in the Washington, D.C. Region, including the 99M project in the Capital Riverfront District. He holds Masters Degrees in both Real Estate (MDES) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Urban Planning (MCRP) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at the GSD, Justin focused on real estate and infrastructure finance, executing a capstone project regarding the PPP’s and the cost of capital in urban redevelopment. He also contributed to the development of the Harvard initiated Zofnass Rating System for Infrastructure Sustainability, (now called Envision) which is currently being implemented globally.Justin is an active member of the Urban Land Institute Washington DC Council, where he participates in the Urban Plan program, is a graduate of the Land Use Leadership Institute, and sits on the Regionalism Council.


Matt Ciccoti

Vice president, livwrk

Matt Ciccotti is a Vice President at LIVWRK, a Brooklyn-based real estate company focused on mixed-use urban development. Founded in 2013, the firm currently has over 3 million square feet under development and over $1 billion in capital committed and/or invested. LIVWRK’s first acquisition is known as Dumbo Heights, a 1.3M square foot, six-building warehouse complex located in DUMBO, Brooklyn that is in the midst of a rebirth as an unrivalled creative work campus and retail destination. After studying real estate finance and urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania, Matt began his career as a commercial real estate appraiser at the NYC-based Leitner Group, Incorporated. Before joining LIVWRK, Matt received an advanced degree in urban design, real estate finance and development from Harvard University, where he studied at the schools of business, law, design and government. Upon graduating, Matt was awarded the Ferdinand Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for Superior Achievement in Real Estate Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Jerrod Delaine

Director of Development, Carthage Real Estate Advisors, LLC

Jerrod Delaine has experience in real estate private equity, consulting, not-for-profit advising and project managing. His efforts have included asset management, financing, acquisitions, construction and development due diligence. Jerrod was a project management intern for the Development Division of the Jonathan Rose Companies, a green real estate policy, planning, development, civic development, and investment firm. He is currently the Director of Development for Carthage Real Estate Advisors LLC. Carthage provides and creates real estate that improves communities and generates much needed economic development activity.


Jon Edmond

development analyst, bozzuto

Jon Edmond is a Development Analyst with The Bozzuto Group, currently working on the North Quincy MBTA Station Redevelopment Project and other pursuits. Jon focuses on all aspects of the development process from the sourcing of new opportunities to the stabilization of projects.


Tim Gillespie

Investment analyst, greystar

Tim Gillespie attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and received a degree in finance. He interned for Greystar’s Investment Management group in NYC while in school and since graduation has been working out of Greystar’s Newport Beach, CA office where Tim primarily work on acquisitions and asset management for multifamily assets across the Western United States.


Sophie Haas

associate vice president, cim group

Sophie Haas is an Associate Vice President of CIM Group’s Investments team, where she focuses on acquiring and managing real estate assets. Her most recent transactions include the acquisition of a 66,000 SF data center in Chicago and a 335,000 SF office building in Seattle. Originally from Austria, Sophie went to a French school in Vienna, and moved to Boston to complete her undergraduate degree at Bentley University in Economics and Finance. She started her real estate career in 2010 at Jones Lang LaSalle in Buenos Aires and then transferred to JLL New York. At JLL, Sophie focused on developing real estate strategies for international clients. Before joining CIM Group in August 2017, Sophie completed her MBA at Columbia Business School focusing on Real Estate Finance.


Aaron Locke

Senior Development Manager, Woodridge Capital

Aaron Locke is a senior real estate professional with extensive experience in multifamily, mixed-use, office, and hospitality development. As Senior Development Manager at Woodridge Capital Partners in Los Angeles, Aaron directly manages the design, entitlement and construction of $1B in assets across the United States. Prior to Woodridge Capital, Aaron worked at Adept Development where he managed the acquisition and development of high-end mixed-use properties within Southern California. Aaron gained additional experience in private equity at The Reliant Group in San Francisco. He is a licensed architect and has worked for a number of years in the architectural field on the design and construction of multifamily and higher education projects. He is a Cavin Fellow and founding member of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board. Aaron graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and received his master’s in Real Estate from Harvard University.


Charles Myerson

senior director, tishman speyer

Mr. Myerson is a Senior Director at Tishman Speyer, primarily focused on acquisitions for the New York region, in addition to holding asset management responsibilities. He previously worked on the firm’s residential and office development projects in Downtown Brooklyn, and also worked within the debt capital markets group. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, he worked for Silverpeak Real Estate Partners in Atlanta and London, focusing on asset and portfolio management. Mr. Myerson holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA in real estate from the University of Georgia, and he is a CFA Charterholder.


Elizabeth Paden

vice president, beacon capital partners

Elizabeth Paden is a Vice President at Beacon Capital Partners where she manages portfolio design strategy – collaborating on asset management, construction, acquisitions, and external prop-tech and creative consultant initiatives. Prior to joining Beacon, Elizabeth worked as an architect in Canada, Norway, and the US, designing notable cultural projects focused on sustainability and digital innovation. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT Sloan. She is a licensed architect (NCARB, OAA), a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, and is a Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners laureate.


Ryley Poblete

Associate, gensler

Ryley Poblete is an architectural designer in the Houston office of Gensler. There he works on large scale projects ranging from mixed use, corporate, and institutional work with a focus on urban design and planning. The majority of his project work has ranged from the South Central region of the United States to Shanghai, China. Graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2014 with a focus on Architecture and Urban Design. He has built on that experience through his involvement with clients focused on developing the Texas Medical Center as the ‘third coast’ of biotechnology. Along with that he has been involved with Central Houston’s Transit committee, and opportunities to improve mobility options through technology. Other work has focused on innovation clusters and how to craft proximity in order to enhance opportunities for collaboration.


Yung Vu

vice president, Natixis

Yung Vu is a real estate investment professional experienced in originating and acquiring complex commercial real estate debt and equity investments. He is currently a Vice President at Natixis, with previous stints at Torchlight Investors and Mount Kellett Capital Management. Mr. Vu has expertise in sourcing, structuring, and investing across multiple strategies that include credit, opportunistic, and special situations.