Our Roots


Two schools of thought into one.

We must create more vibrant, healthy, sustainable, livable, inclusive cities and communities — places —each with a strong economic base. 

Through the real estate program, we discovered a need and an opportunity to raise the bar for a more progressive real estate education in our country. This program is all about preparing the future industry and the people who will lead it forward. With an unparalleled advanced education in real estate, students have opportunities beyond a regular business degree. They grow to be leaders.

Our research, teaching and programs connect academia, industry, government and NGOs. We want to encourage different types of conversations and always look at things from a broader perspective reflecting different areas of expertise in the city-building space.

Through the School of Retailing, we inspired and motivated students to choose a career in retailing. We connected students with stakeholders and employers, and we connected faculty with opportunities to research new ideas and new possibilities. These connection points made a profound difference to the industry. It's no surprise that retailing has changed forever, and it is our focus to lead the change as visionaries and collaborators.

Real estate and retailing. Two areas working separately, now together to elevate our cities and communities. And we're just getting started.