RED club talks, treks, competitions and MORE




RED Club organizes various opportunities for members to connect to alums, employers, and industry leaders



Real Estate Club preps and connects its members to its professional network through REDprep workshops, REDConnect events and Career Treks



Real Estate club in collaboration with partner clubs,  brings together industry leaders, cutting-edge entrepreneurs, and students, to discuss today's trajectories in the real estate realm. 



Real Estate Club members participate in a variety of competitions each year to complement the academic experience and increase exposure to genuine real estate work


career treks

Members engage in visits to private and public sector real estate companies across key cities, and explore ongoing domestic and international development and investment


toronto - summer 2018

Members of the Real Estate Development Club and Harvard Urban Planning Organization visited Canada’s premier real estate firms, including: Brookfield, Cadillac Fairview, City of Toronto, Daniels, Oxford Properties, and Westbank.

The Toronto Trek exposed students from across disciplines to prime players in real estate and planning in Canada's largest and most dynamic city. This was followed by a site visit to Regent Park, a nearly 70-acre redevelopment led by Daniels that will deliver over 5,100 units of affordable and market-rate housing, andl concluded with a networking mixer with local Harvard alumni.


Los Angeles Trek - Spring 2018

Led and organized by two MDes REBE students – Hao Zhang (’19) and Rishad Netarwala (‘19), the Harvard/MIT Los Angeles Trek took place on Mar 12th -14th, 2018. The trek was designed to provide students across different Harvard schools and MIT with exposure to broad range of firms, asset types and market trends in Great Los Angeles Area. It was hosted by major developers, private equity firms, capital market experts and Technology & Real Estate innovators as well as include tours of various trendsetting asset types, developments, and urban districts.

The international companies hosting the students included: Adept Development, ROM Investments, REX, CBRE Global Investment, Invesco, Bascom, PIMCO, CIM Group, Ernest & Young, and Canyon Partners. A networking event was hosted at the end of the trek to provide students the opportunity to connecting with local alumni.

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asia trek - winter 2017

Led and organized by GSD Real Estate  students, the 9th Annual Asia Trek of Harvard’s Asia Real Estate Association took place on Jan 8th -18th, 2018.  A diverse group of real estate students from Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton, etc. travelled to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo and met with industry leaders of international companies ranging from Real Estate Private Equity to Development to Investment Brokerages. 

The international companies they visited include:

Hong Kong: BlackstoneKKRJones Lang LaSalleAngelo GordonGAW CapitalSwire PropertyOaktree CapitalAEW CapitalBlackstonePAG (Pacific Alliance Group), and Hong Kong Land.

Shanghai: Morgan Stanley Capital, and CBRE.

Tokyo: Mitsubishi JishoMorgan StanleyGoldman SachsAngelo GordonMori Building and Mitsui Fudosan.


NYC Trek - Fall 2017

Co-Led by MDes REBE’18 students Alaa Raafat, Carlotta Weller, and MBA ‘19 student Diana Fedorova, the Harvard New York Real Estate Trek of the Harvard Real Estate Development Club took place on November 3rd, 2017.  The Harvard New York Real Estate Trek brought a diverse group of 21 students from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and other graduate schools at Harvard to learn business models and market conditions from leading players in the real estate market. Students visited companies encompassing a broad spectrum of the real estate industry, from real estate private equity, to development, and even technology, including BlackstoneRelated and the Hudson Yards DevelopmentOaktreeJDS Development GroupForestCityTishmanSpeyer, and Sidewalk Labs.  The students also had the opportunity to join an evening mixer with New York-based Harvard alumni who currently work in real estate.


washington dc - october 2017

The real estate students of Harvard University met for a Real Estate “Trek” of Washington, D.C.. The group included graduate students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. Plunging into the development market in Washington, D.C., students saw the up and coming Capital Riverfront District and spoke with both public and private leaders about what it took to make the once blighted neighborhood what it is today. This focus on the interrelationship between government and development provided a behind the scenes look at the business negotiations between public and private entities.

Private sector companies they visited include: SkanskaEYAEDENSJBG SmithJair Lynch and ULI National Headquarter.

Public sector agencies visited include: Department of Planning Washington, D.C.Department of Transportation, National Capital Planning Commission, and Capital Riverfront BID.



 The London Real Estate Trek career trek focused on bringing students to visit, interact, and learn about business models and market conditions from real estate executives in the European market. The trek was designed to provide students with exposure to a broad range of firms, asset types and a sense of the market. It also provided an opportunity to network and connect. Members were hosted by major developers, private equity firms, capital market experts and technology & real estate innovators as well as touring various asset types and developments.

Some of the industry leaders that hosted the group include:
 BlackstoneBrookfield Asset ManagementArgentCanary Wharf GroupCBREMcArthur Glen GroupLendLeaseFoster and Partners and KPF. Networking events created with students and alumni from the London Business School and London School of Economics.

Harvard real estate weekend

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, debate and advance topics that have the potential to transform the real estate industry.

Key Features

The two day conference includes 2 key note speakers, 5 themed panels, Argus Enterprise training, workshops, site tours, and networking. In addition to the following;


The Development 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 judges. Participant will go on a site tour led by the real time developer on the project and respond to the brief with your own vision from planning, phasing, financial and marketing angles. The Workshop aims to simulate a development RFP response process that developers, architects, and consultants must go through to qualify for exciting, complex projects.


2017 Sponsors: Lisciotti Development & The Baupost Group, L.L.C.

The Harvard REVC is a pitch competition, with $33,000 in cash prizes, hosting start-ups whose missions reflect innovative approaches to real estate investing, development, design or construction. 

The competition is judged by thought leaders and key influencers from the worlds of real estate and investing. 


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Diamond Sponsors:
Harvard University Graduate School of Design in part by a generous gift from J.W. Kaempfer, Jr. MBA '71 , Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board,

Platinum Sponsors:
Allston Yards, Stop& Shop, Southside Investment Partners, New England Development, Bozzuto,

Gold Sponsor:
Five Point


Harvard Real Estate Weekend x Startup Cities | NYC Real Estate Tech Panel

On March 14, 2018, Harvard Real Estate Weekend & Startup Cities partnered to host a discussion about the future of real estate with a particular focus on disrupting traditional real estate business models to transform the way we live and work.

architect as developer

Architect as Developer is an annual conference hosted by Harvard Real Estate Club and Harvard Graduate School of Design. In contemporary practice architects often find themselves relegated to the role of consultants, having to cede project leadership to developers who may or may not understand the importance of a well-designed product. A handful of architects, however, have decided to buck this trend and work as their own clients. By integrating the design and the development aspects of project delivery, the architect-as-developer business model allows the architect greater control in the project delivery process, resulting often in projects that are not only financially successful but beautifully designed as well.

2018 Speakers:  

Phil Bernstein, a professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles, John Kully & Mick Walsdorf of Flank in New York City, Peter Gluck of GLUCK+ in New York City, and Cary Tamarkin of Tamarkin Co. in New York City.Phil Bernstein, a professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles, John Kully & Mick Walsdorf of Flank in New York City, Peter Gluck of GLUCK+ in New York City, and Cary Tamarkin of Tamarkin Co. in New York City.

Event Highlights