Real Estate Development from the Inside Out

We are very pleased to welcome back Herb Auerbach and Michael Mortensen to co-teach our Real Estate Development course. Herb has taught this course for 15 years, and it helped inspire his new book, Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs — A Brief History of Real Estate Development (co-authored by Ira Nadel), which will be published this fall. We invite you to take this course to gain valuable insights into real estate from key industry practitioners.

Sept 14-Oct 19 (Six Wednesday evenings), SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Herb Auerbach; Michael Mortensen
Speakers: Damon Chan, Westbank Corporation; Carla Guerrera, Darwin Construction; Mazyar Mortazavi, TAS Design Build; Tom Davidoff, UBC Sauder School of Business.

This course provides insight into the industry for people who deal with real estate developers or want to learn how the development industry is structured, how it functions, who the players are, what motivates them, and how they interact. You’ll benefit from a variety of personal stories from developers with a wealth of experience. Read more.

Fall 2016 Courses


Next-Generation Transportation

Next-Generation Cities and Transportation
Sept 26-Dec 12, online

This course provides a foundation in the principles and practices of next-generation transportation and its role in advancing liveable and sustainable cities of the future. Our current transportation system will undergo significant change, responding to climate, energy, technology, and cultural and economic shifts. Next-generation transportation anticipates these changes and advances multi-modal solutions that balance mobility and accessibility for people and goods. Read more.

Urban Design

Theory and Practice
Sept 21-22, SFU Vancouver
Instructor(s)/speakers: Michael von Hausen and Frank Ducote

Our buildings and spaces need to fit our urban, social, and economic environments. This intensive urban design course draws from many disciplines—architecture, ecology, economics, engineering, real estate development, landscape architecture, planning, and sociology—to find that fit. Read more.

Visual Communication
Sept 23-24, SFU Vancouver
Instructor(s)/speakers: Michael von Hausen and Frank Ducote

Drawing and visual communication skills are essential in urban design. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn and practice graphic techniques that will enhance your ability to communicate ideas visually. Read more.

Economic Fundamentals
Nov 16-17, SFU Vancouver
Instructor(s)/speakers: Gerry Mulholland and Michael von Hausen

Traditionally, there has been a significant gap between financial analysts and urban designers. This course helps close this gap by introducing the important relationships between economics and urban design. Read more.
Urban Vitalization
Nov 18-19, SFU Vancouver
Instructor(s)/speakers: Judy Oberlander and Michael von Hausen
Urban vitalization is a process, which is designed to “turn a place around” and “take a place to a higher level”. How do communities embark on this process? This course will focus on key aspects of community vitalization in North America—theoretical foundations, strategic planning, emerging multicultural transformations, the landscape of inclusion and innovative urban design. Read more

Upcoming Info Sessions

Community Land Trusts Lecture and Course

Lecture – Community Land Trusts: The Solution to Our Affordable Housing Crisis?
September 8, 7 pm, Room 1400 SFU Harbour Centre
Registrations are free, but reservations are required.
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Course – Community Land Trusts for Affordable Housing
September 9, 9 am – 4:30 pm, Room 1400 SFU Harbour CentreEarly-Bird Discount. Register by August 1: $183.75. After August 1, the registration fee is $209.95. Lunch is included.
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