George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Programs and Initiatives

To further its mission of advancing real estate research and education, the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship sponsors the following programs and events. If you are interested in joining us on these initiatives—or would like to propose other ventures in support of real estate education and research in the national capital region—we welcome your ideas.

Professional Development Workshops

Taught by the area's leading subject-matter experts and attended by development professionals throughout the region, these topic-specific workshops cover subjects such as "The Art and Science of Parking Real Estate Projects," "Due Diligence for Commercial Real Estate Transactions," Project Management for Real Estate Professionals," "Business Development for the Real Estate Industry," "Basics of Construction," and "Cost Estimating for Capital and Development Projects." A comprehensive three-day workshop on real estate development is also offered twice a year. 


Partnerships and Conference Sponsorships

Working with the area's premiere professional associations, the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship sponsors regional conferences on topics of immediate relevance to the development industry. Recent conferences have focused on emergence of the residential micro-unit design, high-rise construction using engineered timber building frames, multi-story and mixed-use industrial development, and disruptive trends and technologies affecting the Northern Virginia apartment market. 

Speaker Panels

The Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship hosts regular speaker panels featuring the views and thought leadership of real estate industry leaders on trends and issues impacting real estate design, development, construction, management and use.  Recent panels include "Financing Small Scale Development Projects", "Building for Affordability, Health and Aging", "Construction Technologies and Venture Capital", and "A Region Rising: A Development History of Northern Virginia".

Case Study Tours

These on-site small group sessions give MS in Real Estate Development students and other area professionals an up-close look at the most innovative and successful projects underway in the capital region. Recent tours have featured redevelopment of obsolete retail properties, a successful conversion of an office building to multifamily, an award-winning affordable housing project, an Amazon e-fulfillment center, the largest net-zero energy office building on the East Coast, a vertical urban farm, and a "missing middle" housing development.  


Role Model Thursdays

Held exclusively for Mason MS in Real Estate Development students and alumni, these monthly third Thursday events offer an opportunity to interact with successful real estate professionals in a casual setting conducive to mentoring and networking. Each Role Model Thursday begins with a short presentation from real estate practitioners who discuss lessons learned along their career paths and what skills are most important to success.  Recent presentations have touched on careers in transit-oriented development, historical preservation design, big data analytics in real estate, internet of things applications, and affordable housing development.

Best Practices Lectures

The Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship features special lectures and master classes by senior real estate practitioners that are recognized as experienced market leaders.  These lectures cover their career development and business philosophy, and a discussion on what elements have made their companies and projects successful and enduring.  Recent lectures have been given by Toby Bozzuto on "Does Good Design Create Value in Real Estate", Gary Rappaport on "Investing in Retail Properties and Structuring Partnerships", Monty Hoffman on "Building Enduring Communities", and Jodie McLean on "The Making of Successful Places" .

Annual Real Estate Leadership Lecture

This signature event provides a new generation of real estate development professionals with a rare opportunity to share in the wisdom and wit of the visionary leaders who have shaped and continue to define the capital region. The Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship was honored to host Til Hazel at its inaugural event in February 2014, followed by Bob Buchanan in 2015, Ray Ritchey in 2016, Milt Peterson in 2017, and Chip Akridge in 2018.  Oliver T. Carr Jr. delivered the lecture in 2019.