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.


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.