Matthew Kiefer, Loeb Fellow 1994
Matthew Kiefer is a visiting lecturer on land use development in the Urban Planning Program. He is a principal in the Boston-based law firm of Goulston & Storrs, where he practices real estate development and land use law, with a particular focus on obtaining site control and public approvals for urban projects.
Lecture: India Pierce Lee, "Cleveland’s Greater University Circle Initiative: Building a 21st Century City through the Power of Anchor Institution Collaboration" Greater University Circle Initiative (GUCI) is a unique multi-institutional anchor-based partnership with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the City of Cleveland, philanthropy and non-profit organizations engaged to address specific challenges in some of Cleveland’s most disinvested neighborhoods.
GUCI focuses on four strategy areas:
· Institutional Partnership: Creating opportunities for diverse institutions to work together.
· Physical Development: Catalyzing transportation and real estate projects to reconnect neighborhoods.
· Economic Inclusion: Encouraging institutions to buy local, hire local and empower new and existing residents to live local.
· Community Engagement: Ensuring residents have authorship in the revitalization of their neighborhoods.
India Pierce Lee, LF '10, has held positions with Neighborhood Progress Inc. and the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation; she was director of the Empowerment Zone for the City of Cleveland and executive director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Corporation; and in her early career she worked as an air traffic control specialist. As a Loeb Fellow at Harvard GSD in 2009–2010, Lee focused on urban revitalization and sustainability. In her current role as program director for neighborhoods, planning, and community development at the Cleveland Foundation, she oversees the Greater University Circle Initiative, which brings together multiple institutional partners to support community wealth, education, and safety; and to provide employer-assisted housing, transportation assistance, and other programs, as strategies for revitalizing the Greater University Circle area of Cleveland.
Lewis S. Ranieri
Prime Originator and Founder, Hyperion
"Revolution in Mortgage Finance"
Lewis S. Ranieri, is the prime originator and founder of the Hyperion private equity funds ("Hyperion") and chairman and/or director of various other non-operating entities owned directly and indirectly by Hyperion. Mr. Ranieri also serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ranieri & Co., Inc., a private investment advisor and management corporation, and he is founder of Ranieri Partners, LLC, an investment company focused on financial service opportunities. He is also Chairman of Franklin Bank Corp. and Root Markets, Inc., an internet-based mortgage leads company. Prior to forming Hyperion, Mr. Ranieri had been Vice Chairman of Salomon Brothers, Inc. ("Salomon"). He is generally considered to be the "father" of the securitized mortgage market. Mr. Ranieri helped develop the capital markets as a source of funds for housing and commercial real estate, established Salomon's leadership position in the mortgage-backed securities area, and also led the effort to obtain federal legislation to support and build the market. At Salomon, Mr. Ranieri had responsibility for the firm's activities in the mortgage, real estate and government-guaranteed areas.
Regarded as an expert and innovator in both the mortgage and capital markets, Mr. Ranieri has served on the National Association of Home Builders Mortgage Roundtable continuously since 1989. In recognition of his dedication and lifelong achievements in the housing industry, Mr. Ranieri was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the lifetime achievement award given by the Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc. and was subsequently inducted into the FIASI Hall of Fame for outstanding practitioners in the advancement of the analysis of fixed-income securities and portfolios. In November 2004, BusinessWeek magazine named him one of "the greatest innovators of the past 75 years," and in 2005, he received the Distinguished Industry Service Award from the American Securitization Forum.
Mr. Ranieri serves as a trustee or director of Environmental Defense and The Metropolitan Opera Association and is also on the Board of the American Ballet Theatre.
HISTORY OF THE JOHN T. DUNLOP LECTURE
The John T. Dunlop Lecture commemorates the life and work of the late John T. Dunlop, Lamont University Professor Emeritus of Harvard University from 1985 to 2003 and United States Secretary of Labor during the Ford administration. In a lifetime career dedicated to improving labor-management relations, Professor Dunlop's skillful arbitration and negotiation led to celebrated dispute resolutions in academia, industry, and government.
In 1999, the Joint Center for Housing Studies partnered with the National Housing Endowment and the Graduate School of Design to create a named lecture that would serve as a lasting tribute to Professor Dunlop and his many contributions to the national housing community.
The city is always evolving but change is not always synonymous with transformation. This week we explore how the urban environment has gradually altered, most of the time thanks to us – ordinary citizens. We discuss the concept of participatory placemaking, head to Toronto for a chat about designing urban transformation and stop by New York to look at some of the changes the city has gone through. Plus: we meet the real-estate firm investing in “transformational developments” in Los Angeles as it tries to save architectural relics from the 1920s.
Source by Monocle 24: The Urbanist
The renewal of the Hudson Yards district, a project jointly planned, funded, and constructed by the New York City and State governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, concerns a section of Manhattan between Penn Station and the Hudson River, bounded by West 42nd and 43rd Streets, 7th and 8th Avenues, West 28th and 30th Streets, and Hudson River Park. Completion of the master plan by architects KPF remains several years in the future, but recent extensions of the No. 7 subway line and the elevated park called the High Line already connect the site to the rest of the city.
The centerpiece of the project, a 26–28 acre development project by Related Companies and Oxford Properties, will be the largest in New York City since Rockefeller Center in the 1930s and the largest private real-estate development project in the history of the U.S. The opening of its first building in May 2016 brought this achievement one step closer.Stephen Ross, chairman of Related Companies, will speak about the Hudson Yards development project. Ross holds a BS from University of Michigan’s School of Business Administration, a JD from Wayne State School of Law, and a LLM in taxation law from NYU. He founded Related Companies in 1972 and led the company through several major projects. Among its holdings are Hunter’s Point South, One Central Park, and the Residences at the Mandarin Oriental at the Time Warner Center.
Ross is also a part owner of Equinox fitness centers, a major shareholder in SoulCycle, and managing general partner and chairman of the board of the Miami Dolphins. As a director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ross recently worked with a team of NYU law faculty to propose youth athletic programs to address the problem of intolerant behavior in sports. Among numerous other professional affiliations and philanthropic and service roles, Ross is chairman emeritus and director at the Real Estate Board of New York; a director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; a trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital; a director of the Guggenheim Museum; and a trustee of the National Building Museum.
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced that its first Distinguished Executive in Residence for the Real Estate Academic Initiative (REAI) will be Gerald D. Hines, the internationally renowned real estate developer.
The Distinguished Executive in Residence Program will bring an outstanding senior executive from the real estate sector to provide students and faculty with the perspective of the developer upon implementing projects in the built environment.
The Distinguished Executive in Residence Program will ask its appointee to visit campus four times over the course of a year. The Distinguished Executive will be asked to lead public lectures and conduct smaller seminars, as well as participate in studios, field studies, workshops, and exhibitions. The person who holds this appointment is selected by the Faculty Director of REAI, in consultation with the Dean of the GSD.
Mr. Hines is the founder and chairman of Hines, a privately held international real estate firm with headquarters located in Houston and London. The company has developed more than 700 projects, which range from office skyscrapers to single-family homes. Many notable architects, including Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, and Frank Gehry have designed Hines' projects.
Mr. Hines will be the inaugural recipient of this distinguished position at Harvard. During his second visit to campus, he will be accompanied by Robert A.M. Stern, a frequent collaborator with Hines and a Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
Richard Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development and Faculty Director of REAI welcomes Mr. Hines: "We are delighted and honored to have Mr. Hines join the Harvard community over an extended period of time. His experience from building one of the largest real estate companies in the world will give Harvard students unique insight into both the past and the future of the real estate industry. His projects demonstrate the powerful collaborations that occur between designer and developer, and the impact they have on the quality of urban life in great cities."
1:00PM - 5:00PM
WOOD AUDITORIUM, AVERY HALL
Reflections on 25 Years in Real Estate: Density, Sustainability, and Global Finance
A symposium organized by Kate Ascher, Milstein Professor of Urban Development, Columbia University, GSAPP; and Principal, Happold Consulting
Kate Ascher, Milstein Professor of Urban Development, GSAPP; and Principal, Happold Consulting
Bigger, Taller, and Denser: The 21st Century City
Moderator: Kate Ascher
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Holliday Professor and Director, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University
Stephen Lefkowitz, Partner, Real Estate, Fried Frank
Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
25 Years of Real Estate Finance
Moderator: Charles Laven, President, Forsyth Street Advisors; Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University
Hank Bell, Professor Emeritus, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University
Merrie Frankel, Senior Credit Officer/VP in Commercial Real Estate Finance, Moody's Investors Service; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University
Don Sheets, Senior Principal, Square Mile Capital Management; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University
The Economics of Green
Moderator: Craig Schwitter, Managing Principal, North America, Buro Happold
Meghan McDermott, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Sukanya Paciorek, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust
Richard Dattner, Principal, Dattner Architects
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Holliday Professor and Director, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University