Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship


The George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) seeks to advance real estate research and education in the real estate development profession and welcomes partners in their research and education mission


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Email: Eric Maribojoc
Phone:  703-993-1875

Director: Eric Maribojoc

Masters in Real Estate Development

The George Mason University Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) program—now located on our Arlington campus—prepares you for key positions in real estate development.

Our MS in Real Estate Development degree offers you:

  • A carefully designed master of real estate development curriculum providing the practical skills needed to understand, structure and lead successful real estate development projects.
  • A cross-disciplinary masters degree drawing on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering, and Schar School of Policy and Government
  • A rich environment within which to study real estate development (including on-site case studies of major projects throughout the National Capital Region, classroom meetings with accomplished real estate professionals, and workshops with leading regional development practitioners)
  • A forum for professional development presenting you with unique opportunities to connect with the Northern Virginia–metropolitan Washington, D.C. real estate development community through Mason’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

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,” and “Business Development for the Real Estate Industry.” A comprehensive five-day workshop on real estate development is also offered twice a year.  Also offered: training sessions on Excel and Argus software for real estate financial analysis.

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, and disruptive 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” and “Building for Affordability, Health and Aging”.

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, and an award-winning affordable housing project.


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, 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” and Gary Rappaport on “Investing in Retail Properties and Structuring Partnerships”.  The upcoming lecture for 2017 is by Monty Hoffman on “Building Enduring Communities”.

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, Bob Buchanan in 2015, Ray Ritchey in 2016 and Milt Peterson in 2017.


The center provides a forum and advances thought leadership and research on new trends, practices, technologies and policies that affect the ways our communities and buildings in metropolitan Washington, D.C., are planned, designed, constructed, and used with a view towards improving our region’s quality of life.

The center is interested in topics that: 

(a) explore the role of real estate development in addressing relevant regional issues such as housing affordability, more efficient transportation networks and infrastructure, diversifying the employment and industry base, smart density, and sustainable and resilient design

(b) promote innovation in real estate development, design, construction and building use

(c) examine the impact on real estate development of trends in technology, the economy, and demographics

Priority topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Designing and constructing buildings and communities to use resources more efficiently and sustainably and to reduce the environmental impact of development

2. Policies and methods to improve and expand the affordability and availability of residential housing

3. Innovative design and operation of properties and communities

4. Adaptive re-use of obsolete office and retail properties

5. Impact of technology trends on the design of building and communities

6. New designs for industrial properties addressing last-mile logistics and to preserve a viable urban industrial base

7. Design, construction and operation of the built environment to attract new industry clusters to the DC region

8. Impact of demographic changes on design and development

9. Improvement of public infrastructure and transportation networks

10. Ecologically sustainable development in rural area corridors


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