Global Leaders Convene to Talk Real Estate Opportunities & Challenges

As Miami becomes an international target for real estate investment, the University of Miami has seen a surge of interest in it’s real estate business and architecture programs. The program has doubled in size over the past 5 years and draws applicants from as far away as Asia.  Demand and unique industry insights has paved the way for the school’s annual Real Estate Impact Conference.

Today, the University of Miami School of Business program includes more than 50 undergraduate students majoring in real estate and another 25 students pursuing real estate graduate degrees.  A smaller group of students has enrolled in the School’s Accelerated MBA in Real Estate program, which prepares graduates for careers in commercial real estate through intensive internships, and in courses in management and urban planning.  The program accepts fewer than five students each year.

The School of Architecture offers master’s programs in both Urban Design and Real Estate Development and Urbanism, both of which draw students from around the world.  Both schools offer students the opportunity to be mentored by outstanding area professionals who sit on their respective advisory boards.  “I joined the MBA in Real Estate program at the University of Miami because of the prestige the school has and its unique hybrid program, which gives you real world experience while getting the academic experience as well,” said current student Kevin Ruiz.

UM Real Estate Conference

In its fifth year, the University of Miami’s Real Estate Impact Conference provides an additional opportunity for students to learn and network with influential voices in business from across various economy-driving industries.  The 2016 conference program will explore the following topics: “How Millennials are driving commercial real estate investment and lending in the U.S. and South Florida,” “A Fresh Look at Retail” and “Smart Cities: Technological Change in Real Estate.”  The event will conclude with a keynote conversation between Jon Gray and Howard Lorber, who will discuss what’s next for the commercial real estate industry.

“Evolving trends in all facets of commercial real estate will surface throughout the country in 2016, and in no place more so than greater Miami,” said Donald C. Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust.  “I am excited about joining some of our industry’s leading voices for a timely discussion about the important issues affecting our business at the University of Miami’s Real Estate Impact Conference on February 11th in Miami.”


The conference launched in 2012 and has since grown along side with the University’s real estate programs.  “The Real Estate Conference is a perfect example of academics and the private sector coming together in a multi-disciplinary effort to tackle important issues currently shaping the field,” said Rodolph el-Khoury, Dean of the School of Architecture.