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U-M Adds New Real Estate Development Program

8/16/2005 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Combining the strengths of several disciplines, the University of Michigan will offer a new certificate program in real estate development that focuses on building well-designed, livable and sustainable communities with a high quality of life.

The multidisciplinary Real Estate Development Certificate Program involves the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, U-M Law School, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, U-M School of Public Health and U-M School of Natural Resources & Environment.

The program will be directed by Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist and developer who has written and lectured extensively about land use issues, combining business objectives with social and environmental imperatives. He also will teach in the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

"The University of Michigan has taken on the challenge of teaching and researching how to develop special places that are built for the long-term," Leinberger said. "This will propel Michigan to the top tier of real estate programs in the country as we help define an environmentally, fiscally and financially sustainable model for real estate and the built environment for the country and the world."

Leinberger's courses will focus on progressive real estate development and structuring the real estate deal, and he will teach an integrative seminar as a capstone course. He also has a simultaneous appointment as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, with which the University hopes to collaborate on research of mutual interest.

"Chris will be a great director for our multidisciplinary Real Estate Development Program," said Ross School Dean Robert J. Dolan. "He possesses a unique combination of development expertise, business acumen and a scholarly viewpoint. Under his leadership, we expect to have a truly distinctive educational experience for students from around the University."

The program will enroll graduate students in a curriculum that focuses on development and redevelopment of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable places. The certificate program gives graduate students in professional programs, such as urban planning, business, architecture and law, the opportunity to take a range of courses that deepen their skills and qualifications in real estate development and related fields.

For more information about the real estate certificate program and initiative, visit:

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone:(734) 936-1015 or 647-1847