Runstad Department of Real Estate

July 23, 2019

Floods have ravaged Hamilton for over a century. Can outsiders persuade the town to move?

A recent article highlighting the development project being led largely by MSRE alum Rebecca Bouchey. Link to New York Times article here.


MSRE alum, Sean Durkin, achieves the CoStar Power Broker award.

Lee & Associates Principal, Sean Durkin, SIOR, MSRE, CCIM, achieves the prestigious CoStar Power Broker award, one of only ten brokers to achieve it in the Seattle/Puget Sound Industrial Leasing category. Link to LinkedIn Post    


October 9, 2018

Simon Stevenson awarded 2018 Nick Tyrrell Research Prize

Simon Stevenson, the Chair of the Runstad Department of Real Estate and the John and Rosalind Jacobi Family Professor of Real Estate, has been awarded the 2018 Nick Tyrrell Research Prize for innovative applied research in real estate investment. The award is for the paper “Optimal Composition of Hybrid/Blended Real Estate Portfolios”, which was co-authored…


July 10, 2018

Arthur Alcolin receives the Bengt Turner Best Paper Award at the ENHR conference

Congratulations to Arthur Acolin, Assistant Professor in Real Estate, who received the Bengt Turner Best Paper Award at the recent European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) conference in Uppsala, Sweden. The paper, titled “Tenure Trajectories of Immigrants and their Children in France: Between Integration and Stratification”, found that while immigrants are significantly less likely to…


April 24, 2018

Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference in Toronto

Earlier this month, faculty members Gregg Colburn and Rebecca Walter presented at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference in Toronto. Below is an abstract of Gregg’s session on housing subsidies. Session Title: Housing Subsidies: Housing Choice and Quality Paper Title: Housing Market Conditions and the Housing Choice Voucher Program Since the 1970s, housing vouchers have…


April 26, 2017

Pedestrian zones in Seattle and Europe

Korbi Wenzl, who is undertaking a join Masters degree with the Runstad Center and the University of Regensburg in Germany, recently contributed to a piece for The Urbanist.  Read his interpretation on how American retail differs from the market in Europe here


February 14, 2017

Lead with your heart

Runstad Center faculty member Deborah Scaramastra talks about the importance of using your heart when making job choices, read her Linkedin post.


February 9, 2017

2016 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows Present: A City to Love

Please join us for the 2016 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows final presentation of their research from Auckland, New Zealand.  They have explored the ways in which a city can rapidly transform the function and capacity of the public right of way to support a rich urban life at a time of unprecedented population growth.  A…


February 2, 2017

Financial and macro-economic factors in global real estate markets

The last three decades have seen increased integration across global stock markets. New research from the Runstad Center of Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington has examined what factors drive international integration across public real estate markets. The research has implications for fund managers as increased integration can have a negative impact upon…


January 30, 2017

2017 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge

MSRE 2017 Candidate Sean Durkin shares his thoughts on the NAIOP Real Estate Challenge. This unique competition is the framework for the Real Estate Development Studio, a course requirement for the development option in the MSRE curriculum. This year’s NAIOP Real Estate Challenge takes University of Washington Runstad Center development-focused students to Coquitlam, British Columbia to…


January 25, 2017

Faculty search underway for undergraduate courses

The University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Runstad Center are seeking two affiliate part-time instructors for the spring quarter to teach a Real Estate Market analysis course and an Accounting for Real Estate course. The instruction dates are from March 28th through June 1st with exam week being from June…


The buzz is out about the upcoming minor in real estate

Jill Wood, Co-President of Windermere Real Estate and Runstad Center Advisory Board member, was recently quoted in a story about the new real estate minor.  Read the full article here Two undergraduate courses will launch spring quarter: RE 400 Real Estate Accounting and RE 360 Intro to Real Estate Market Analysis.  Please contact msre@uw.edu for more information…


January 24, 2017

MSRE Info Session February 8th!

Interested in applying to the Master of Science in Real Estate program?  The Runstad Center will be holding an information session in downtown Seattle on February 8th.  Please join us for an informal conversation about the MSRE program and application process.  Runstad faculty and staff will be on hand to speak about the program. This is a…


January 23, 2017

New Undergraduate Initiative in Real Estate

Thanks to a generous endowment from the Jacobi Family and Windermere Real Estate the University of Washington is launching a series of undergraduate classes in real estate. The Director of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, Professor Simon Stevenson, who also holds the John and Rosalind Jacobi Family Chair, described the initiative as an…


January 20, 2017

Portland joins Seattle in top ten cities with a housing crunch

Peter Orser was recently quoted in a story on Oregonlive.com regarding the housing shortage across the country.  Read the full article here


January 19, 2017

2017 CoreNet Recipients

On Tuesday, CoreNet recognized the 2016-17 scholarship recipients at their January luncheon.  Congratulations Eric Jacobs, Lori Shannon, Adam Boyd, Matthew Ricci and Tak Stewart. We are so grateful to the CoreNet Seattle Chapter for their continued support of our students.


December 22, 2016

Runstad Center Mentors

Runstad Center mentor Joe Polito recently took his mentees on a project tour of Tilt49. Tilt49 is a mixed-use residential and office property, under construction in the Denny Triangle.  The project includes 11 floors of office with 31,000 SF floor plates, a 7,000 SF deck on level 9 and a lobby featuring food retail and other “pop-up”…


December 21, 2016

The mall experience, still surviving in Seattle

Runstad Advisory Board member Kemper Freeman was recently quoted in a Seattle Times article about the evolution of the Bellevue Collection, read the full story about the ongoing challenges and successes of retail in our city here    


December 9, 2016

What can Seattle learn from Vancouver’s housing mess?

Peter Orser was recently quoted in a Crosscut article about how Seattle could be affected by Vancouver’s collapsing housing market, link to the story here    


December 7, 2016

Keeping building materials green

One of our own, affiliate faculty member Nicole Denamur, wrote an article for the Daily Journal of Commerce this fall regarding environmental issues with building materials.  Nicole is an attorney with Pacifica Law Group, a LEED Green Associate and WELL AP, and teaches Risk & Reward in Sustainable Development at the Runstad Center for Real…


December 2, 2016

Faculty Search

The University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies are seeking applicants for two Assistant Professor positions and one Associate Professor position for the MS in Real Estate. The appointments will be on a 9-month (100% FTE) basis with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates will hold a doctoral…


November 30, 2016

Not your dad’s aurora

We conclude our series from the ULI Fall Meeting with one more from Faculty member Pike Oliver… During a session at the 2016 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fall Meeting there was a session about the ULI Healthy Corridors project. It is an effort devoted to finding viable strategies for transforming unsafe, unattractive, and poorly connected…


November 29, 2016

The ULI Fall Meeting, a great networking experience

MSRE Candidate Eric Jacobs recently attended the ULI Fall Meeting and shares his thoughts/fears on networking, a necessary skill in the world of real estate… “Networking” has always been a bit of a scary word to me. It conjures up images of awkward conversations, exchanging business cards with strangers and trying to “sell” oneself. Those…


November 28, 2016

The M-Line Trolley

While at the Fall 2016 Urban Land Institute Meeting in Dallas, I encountered an unexpected and delightful transit mode. The nostalgic M-Line trolley links the downtown Dallas Arts District with the trendy shops, galleries and bistros of Uptown, including West Village, where you can transfer to or from the more modern Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail…


November 16, 2016

Investing and creating communities to love

Pike Oliver continues his impressions from this year’s ULI Fall Meeting with a summary of Sarah Filley’s session.  One of the more interesting presenters at the Urban Land Institute 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas was from Oakland, California. Sarah Filley cofounded Popuphood, which she said, “invests in entrepreneurs with hearts of gold to create communities…


Sell or hold?

Faculty member Pike Oliver joins the students this week in sharing his experiences at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting… Several Runstad students attending the 2016 Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting in Dallas, saw John McNellis, a principal with McNellis Partners, a northern California–based developer, share his perspective on one of the most difficult real estate…


November 14, 2016

Dallas’s affordable and mixed-income housing plan

MSRE Candidate 2017 Alastair Townsend discusses what he took away from a session on Dallas’s affordable housing issues at the 2016 Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting… Among major cities, Dallas’ poverty rate is the third worst in the nation.[1] 38 percent of children in Dallas live in poverty, the highest rate among the 10 largest US cities.[2]…


November 10, 2016

The evolution of Bishop Arts District

Today MSRE Candidate Adam Boyd shares his impressions of the Bishop Arts District in Dallas… Dallas is an odd city with some cool areas. The Hyatt Regency—basically an island between the prison and some train tracks—was not in one of those areas. But luckily Ubers are cheap there. The first evening in town, another student and…


November 8, 2016

Innovative ideas from Dallas

Today we begin a series of blog posts from our second year MSRE students, who recently attended the 2016 Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting in Dallas.  One of the many benefits of an education at the Runstad Center is the unique opportunity to travel to a national conference and have exclusive access to a number…


October 27, 2016

Meet Brendan Mason and Korbi Wenzl, MSRE Class of 2017

What happens when you bring a Visiting Graduate student from Germany and a 2nd year MSRE student together for a conversation? The 2016-2017 school year has just started, and with it comes a group of fresh students with new ideas and career goals. Second year students begin this year with a big milestone in their future:…


October 26, 2016

MSRE New Student Orientation Week

New MSRE students dove into their school year on Monday, September 19, 2016 with a week-long orientation that took them from the University District to Bellevue, Pioneer Square, Downtown, to Kent. “The Runstad Center has multiple goals for its’ week long orientation program for students. We want students to begin their studies with inspiration from…


A City to Love

Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow, Joe David, concludes our series of blog posts documenting the 2015-16 Fellows’ experiences in Auckland, New Zealand last spring.   The 2015-2106 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows had the privilege to spend a week in late March exploring the city of Auckland, New Zealand – A community which is grappling with many of…


Photos from the 2015 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows Presentation


Recent Runstad Center Research

The Runstad Center released the Washington State Condominium Report this past July,  which examines the current Seattle market and six other western cities, focusing on construction of new condominiums. Read more about this study from the author David Leon, MSRE Candidate 2017, as well as a link to the full report here In August, Peter Orser wrote a…


Welcome MSRE Class of 2018!

New MSRE students dove into their school year on Monday, September 19, 2016 with a week-long orientation that took them from the University District to Bellevue, Pioneer Square, Downtown, to Kent. “The Runstad Center has multiple goals for its’ week long orientation program for students. We want students to begin their studies with inspiration from…


MSRE students compete in the Corenet Global Academic Challenge

Four Runstad Center students participated in the 2nd Annual CoreNet Global Challenge, in which student teams from universities around the world apply their education to one real-world issues facing companies around the world: how to attract, retain and motivate the next generation of knowledge workers. Putting themselves in the position of a consulting team to…


Commercial RE Certificate Student Profile: Celeste Lenon

Celeste Lenon has enjoyed a multifaceted career, having worked in architecture, technology and finance. Her collective experience led her to her current role as COO of MG2, an international architectural and design firm headquartered in Seattle. MG2 is well known for their robust portfolio in retail, food and beverage, and hospitality, and in Seattle, they…


Photos from MSRE New Student Orientation 2016


October 20, 2016

3rd Annual Runstad Center Leadership Dinner

The 2016 Runstad Center Leadership Dinner brought the Seattle real estate industry together in a memorable evening celebrating the many successes of the Runstad Center. We honored George Rolfe, beloved professor of many students and alumni, celebrating his retirement with a collection of selfies and George-isms. Peter Orser announced the establishment of an alumni fund,…


October 19, 2016

Urban Land Institute Regional Cascadia Conference 2016

The Urban Land Institute Regional Cascadia Conference of 2016 was hosted in Vancouver, BC this year over the weekend of June 22nd. The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies was represented by Ka-Chung Kwok (Class of 2017) and Alastair Townsend (Class of 2017) as attendees to this event. The following post is Ka-Chung’s impressions of the conference….


October 17, 2016

Why the Runstad Center matters

On October 13th The Runstad Center held its 3rd Annual Leadership Dinner where we introduced our newest video describing “Why the Runstad Center matters!”  It’s a great overview of the Center’s people and programs and definitely a must see if you are interested in an advanced degree in real estate.  Check out the full video here


October 11, 2016

An alternative to tent city: manufactured steel modules

Last week Runstad Center Affiliate Faculty member Al Levine was featured in the Seattle Times discussing his work with Compass Housing Alliance and OneBuild, designing manufactured steel modular units.  Read the full story here: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/a-new-approach-build-steel-modular-housing-units-for-the-homeless/  


September 26, 2016

What if the focus was making a place we all love?

What if our elected officials talked about ‘loving’ your city as the most important criteria?  What if we focused on making a place we all love? Tomorrow, September 27th, the Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows present: A CITY TO LOVE VISIONS OF A PUBLIC REALM Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:00-8:00 pm Impact HUB 220 2nd Ave…


September 23, 2016

What if?

What if we stopped griping about the Seattle process, empowered our leaders, moved forward with a powerful vision focused on the community of the future, implementation, education for a shared language, evaluation and feedback loops and course adjustments – we grabbed our future and advance together? A CITY TO LOVE VISIONS OF A PUBLIC REALM…


September 21, 2016

Housing affordability crisis demands a solution

Last week, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties hosted their annual Housing Summit and our own Peter Orser was there to discuss how our recent condominium report can help provide answers.  Read a summary of the event on Seattle King County Realtors blog


A thought about tax increment financing…

What if we aggressively used the financing tools we have to do what is needed and stopped whining about tax increment financing and moved forward? Find out more lessons learned from Auckland at their presentation on September 27th. A CITY TO LOVE VISIONS OF A PUBLIC REALM Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:00-8:00 pm Impact HUB 220…


September 20, 2016

Auckland addresses transportation differently

What if the provision of transportation services was provided as a system, not divided into multiple agencies by mode – what if it was considered as a system where connections are critical?  Check out Auckland Transport! A CITY TO LOVE VISIONS OF A PUBLIC REALM Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:00-8:00 pm Impact HUB 220 2nd…


September 15, 2016

Imagine a city that empowers its leaders…

On September 27th the Fellows will be presenting their research from their trip to Auckland, New Zealand last spring, and what they discovered about how this innovative city manages public right of way.  Imagine a city that empowers its leaders, elected or not, to plan, lead and implement… where plans are envisioned, funded, tested, evaluated,…


September 13, 2016

New Corporate Real Estate Course for Professionals

We are offering a new course this fall, RE 530: Corporate Real Estate.  This course is eligible for 25 CEUs towards CoreNet Global MCR Professional Designation renewal credits.  Professionals can register for the course as non-matriculated students through non-degree enrollment: http://www.nondegree.washington.edu/nondegree/ RE 530 – Corporate Real Estate Tues/Thurs 12:00-1:20 pm Instructor: Kelli Leith Course Description Corporations…


September 12, 2016

A City to Love

Today we continue our series of posts from the 2015-16 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows. On September 27th the Fellows will be presenting their research from their trip to Auckland, New Zealand last spring, and what they discovered about how this innovative city manages public right of way.  Imagine a city where industry, economics and the…


August 11, 2016

Creating liveable communties: a conversation with architect David Yuan

NBBJ, a leading global architecture firm, is well known locally for its work on familiar Seattle buildings, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Safeco Field, and 2 Union Square. David Yuan is an Architect and Partner at NBBJ and has been a Runstad Board member since 2013. During his 26 year tenure at NBBJ,…


August 9, 2016

Simon Stevenson, new director of the Runstad Center

UW Today issued a press release today announcing our new director for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, Simon Stevenson.  Simon  joins the Runstad Center from the Henley Business School, University of Reading in the UK where he had been Professor of Real Estate Finance & Investment and Director of Masters program in Real Estate…


August 8, 2016

Part-time lecture search

The University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies are seeking applicants for a part-time Lecturer position for the MS in Real Estate commencing January 1, 2017. The position is a 50% FTE, 9-month teaching position. Salary is competitive. When hired through a competitive search, lecturers are eligible for renewable…


August 4, 2016

How do we plan for growth in our cities?

Are we planning realistically for growth in our cities?  Shannon Affholter, executive director of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Russ Hokanson, chief executive officer of the Seattle King County Association of REALTORS®, and our own Peter Orser contributed an op-ed piece to the Seattle Times exploring this question and other issues that cause home-price…


August 2, 2016

Seattle Mass Timber Tower, a new study by Callison RTKL

Peter Orser was asked to write a forward for a recent feasibility study conducted by Callison RTKL. This study, Seattle Mass Timber Tower, focuses on mass timber construction (MTC) and the possibility of using MTC for a high rise. Mass timber is a cost effective, energy efficient, renewable material of excellent structural strength that demonstrates…


August 1, 2016

Is Seattle becoming the next San Francisco?

Is Seattle becoming the next San Francisco?  The Seattle Times breaks it down as Runstad Center Director Peter Orser weighs in on the topic.  


July 28, 2016

Washington State Condominium Report released today

The Runstad Center’s Washington State Condominium Report was released today.  MSRE student, Center researcher, and author of the report David Leon shares his thoughts… The City of Seattle has been experiencing unprecedented population and economic growth over the last five years. As the city’s population has increased and the number of high-paying jobs has grown, prices for…


July 27, 2016

Student Profile: Amy Hartman

Amy Hartman, MSRE class of 2017 and Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow, has just completed her first year of the Masters program, and is quickly approaching her first anniversary as a graduate intern at Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm. Previously, Amy had worked at an investment brokerage firm, where she underwrote…


July 20, 2016

Leaving a Legacy: A Profile of Douglas Howe

It is more than fair to say that Douglas Howe, a Runstad Advisory Board member since 2011, has a distinct proclivity and sharp acumen for Pacific Northwest commercial real estate. He is the founder of Touchstone, currently one of the region’s most active developers, with approximately 2 million square feet currently under construction. Most recently,…


July 7, 2016

What is corporate real estate?

What is corporate real estate ? Well first it is one of the Runstad Centers three options for specialization in the Masters of Real Estate Program. It is a unique offering not readily available from any other National Program. CoreNet is a major supporter of this academic discipline and has defined Corporate Real Estate Service…


Exploring the right of way in New Zealand

Runstad Fellow and MSRE Candidate 2017 Genevieve Hale-Case kicks off a series of blog posts from the 2015-16 Runstad Affiliate Fellows as they share their experiences in the fair city of Auckland… The Runstad Fellows spent our spring break in Auckland, New Zealand diving deeper into questions of the right of way.  Auckland is a city that…


June 23, 2016

Affiliate Fellow Rick Mohler in the Seattle Times

Does Seattle need HALA?  Runstad Affiliate Fellow Rick Mohler shares his opinion in the Seattle Times on opponents of HALA , and how forward thinking and collaboration can only help our city. Read his editorial here    


June 16, 2016

Summer at the Runstad Center

  Board, staff, faculty, alumni and current students are looking forward to summer 2016! We asked everyone to summarize their summer plans in three words (Some participants’ plans were so big they couldn’t only use three words!). Here is what your fellow Runstad peers are up to… Laura Huntington, Runstad Affiliate Faculty: Mentally somewhere else……


UW Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program 2016/2017 is Accepting Applications

          The University of Washington’s Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program is beginning its 2016/2017 program, the 29th year of this extremely successful multidisciplinary professional education offering, on Thursday, September 29th. Members of the commercial real estate industry are highly encouraged to participate in the program to extend their own professional education,…


Student and Alumni Spotlight

Our students are the heart of the Runstad Center. We love seeing our graduates move on to the next chapter of their lives, as well as bringing in the next round of future real estate leaders.  Meet three of our students: Scott Rasmussen, a recent graduate of the MSRE program, Brooke Friedlander, a recent graduate…


Runstad Center Student Statistics

For the 2016-17 academic year, the MSRE program currently has 18 incoming students: 8 international, 9 domestic, and 1 visiting graduate student from the University of Regensburg.  The College of Built Environments MS in Real Estate and the International Real Estate Business School, University of Regensburg, Germany have formed a dual Master’s degree agreement. A…


Congratulations, MSRE Class of 2016!

On the evening of June 9th, we celebrated the Class of 2016 on top of the magnificent Russell Investment Center. 18 students were honored on this special evening.  It was a bittersweet affair, as we were not only saying goodbye to our graduates but also to George Rolfe, who is retiring this year, and Chris Bitter, who…


George Rolfe Retires

On Thursday, May 26th, 2016, Runstad Center staff, faculty, board, alumni and current students gathered together to celebrate George Rolfe’s retirement and his venerable career. The soiree was held at the beautiful Melrose Market Studio in Capitol Hill. The evening was filled with laughter and sentimental moments. Peter Orser, the event’s MC, began the evening…


June 7, 2016

Airbnb regulations, do we need them?

Last Tuesday, Seattle City Council announced they will be introducing legislation to regulate the operation of short term residential sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.  Peter Orser weighs in with the Seattle Weekly on the debate. Read the story here


May 24, 2016

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Challenge

A UW Runstad Center sponsored student team competed in the BAML Affordable Housing Challenge Finals in San Francisco for third year in a row on May 12th. The team included four Runstad MSRE students, two MArch students and one Evans School student and competed against UCLA, Cal Berkeley, Cal Poly, and Arizona in the 25th…


May 2, 2016

The Condo Condundrum

It’s no secret that the condo shortage in Seattle drives prices up.  Peter Orser was recently quoted in two articles in the Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal related to the condo market and the Runstad Center’s upcoming condo study which will analyze Washinton’s regulations. Read the articles here and here


April 26, 2016

How do zoning laws affect affordable housing?

How do we make city housing more affordable?  Peter Orser was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing just that.  Every city has an affordable housing issue, but how do we begin to fix it?  Read the article here


April 19, 2016

Innovative affordable housing solutions in Friday Harbor

The New York Times recently mentioned the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in an article about Friday Harbor and how with the help of San Juan Community HomeTrust, they are finding solutions to affordable housing in the most expensive county in Washington State.  Read the article here


April 12, 2016

April 27th CREW Real Estate Career Panel Event

UCREW: A Networking Real Estate Career Panel Event Wednesday April 27th 10:00 – 11:45 am Gould 102 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM | NETWORKING  10:15 AM –  11:15 AM | PANEL DISCUSSION 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM | NETWORKING & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST Are you interested in the real estate industry? If yes, this event is…


April 6, 2016

2016’s Best & Worst Cities to Be a Real Estate Agent

Recently Wallethub posted a story on the best and worst cities to be a real estate agent.  Our own Glenn Crellin, retired Associate Director of Research at the Runstad Center, provided his expert opinions on the topic.  Read the full story here


April 4, 2016

Professor Sofia Dermisi elected Vice Program Chair of the American Real Estate Society

We are happy to announce that Professor Sofia Dermisi has been elected Vice Program Chair of the American Real Estate Society (ARES).  She will shadow the program chair of the annual conference in 2017 and organize the annual conference in 2018.  In the spring of 2018 she will transition to the role of Vice President…


March 31, 2016

Will HALA provide a blueprint for other cities?

Is HALA the answer for the affordable housing crisis? Peter Orser was recently quoted in the Oregonian regarding his thoughts on Seattle’s growth, read the full story here


March 29, 2016

New undergraduate minor in real estate

We are thrilled to announce that with the support of a generous gift from Windermere Real Estate founder John Jacobi, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies will be launching an undergraduate minor in real estate in fall 2017, with courses starting winter 2017.  This gift will also fund two new endowed faculty chairs at…


March 28, 2016

Downtown Seattle MSRE Info Session April 26th 6 pm

Are you interested in the Master of Science in Real Estate program?  There is still time to apply for autumn 2016! MSRE Information Session Tuesday, April 26th 6 pm 520 Pike 12th Floor Auditorium  Please join us for an informal conversation about the MSRE program and application process.  Current students and alums will be on hand…


March 21, 2016

Follow the Affiliate Fellows as they travel around New Zealand

Our 2015-16 Runstad Affiliate Fellows are currently in New Zealand, learning how the city of Auckland manages their “right of way”. What is the right of way of your dreams? Follow the Affiliate Fellows on Instagram and learn more about their research topic here


March 17, 2016

Affiliate Instructor & Full Time Lecturer Search

The University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Runstad Center are seeking applicants for two positions commencing September 2016: Affiliate Instructor and Full Time Lecturer. Affiliate Instructor   The individual selected will be teaching the course: “Real Estate Appraisal” in the autumn quarter of 2016. The course introduces students to the valuation process with…


Chinese Investment in the Puget Sound Recap

On Thursday, March 10, The UW Real Estate Club hosted a fascinating panel, “Chinese Investment in the Puget Sound Real Estate Market”.  MSRE student David Leon shares a recap of this highly attended event.             The UW Real Estate Club recently hosted an evening panel event addressing Chinese investment in the Puget…


March 10, 2016

The #4 reason to study real estate at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies…

#4 Peer to Peer Engagement Whether participating in the Real Estate Club, engaging in a national competition or partnering on a class project the value of a cohort of talented professionals eager to learn, grow and make a contribution should be a consideration for every applicant.  The design of the curriculum itself is attractive to…


MSRE team wins the 2016 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge

Victory!  The Runstad Center’s student team took home the trophy winning first place in the annual NAIOP Real Estate Challenge, held March 10th at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.  This event features teams from the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, and Portland State University.  Students from each university’s real estate program compete from…


March 9, 2016

Affiliate Instructor Search

The University of Washington’s Department of Construction Management and the Runstad Center are seeking an affiliate part-time instructor for the MS in Real Estate.  We are seeking an instructor to teach Corporate Real Estate in autumn quarter 2016. This Corporate Real Estate course is the first of its kind in a university setting and will be focused on identifying…


March 8, 2016

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today we celebrate one of our own, Katlin Jackson Svik, 2011 MSRE Alumnus and founder of Haitibabi.  She was inspired to start Haitibabi after a life changing trip she took to Haiti a few years ago.  Haitibabi gives moms in Haiti jobs knitting and crocheting high-quality artisan baby goods, empowering them to earn a living…


March 7, 2016

CBE students receive an honorable mention in the 2016 ULI Hines Competition

Five students from the College of Built Environments, including two of our own MSRE students, competed in the 14th Annual Urban Land Institute Hines Competition.  Genevieve Hale-Case (MUP/MSRE), Tak Stewart (MSRE), Domenico Martinucci (MUP), Matthew Donoghue (MUP), and Stevie t(MArch/MLA) competed against schools from across the country and earned an honorable mention for their proposal, “The Edge: Turning Constraints into Opportunities.” This…


March 4, 2016

Chinese Investment in the Puget Sound Region Panel Discussion

Join us on Thursday, March 10th @ 5:30 pm for this interesting panel discussion sponsored by the UW Real Estate Club. Chinese Investment in the Puget Sound Region Panel Discussion March 10th, 5:30 pm Bank of America Executive Education Center (4th Floor / Douglas Forum) on UW Campus [ Map ] Admission is free but please…


March 3, 2016

Home prices and affordability up in fourth quarter of 2015

The Washington State Housing Market Snapshot has been released and shows both home prices and affordability are up in the fourth quarter of 2015. The Center’s findings were discussed further with UW Today. Here’s a preview of the data, in our snapshot for Q4 2015.  The full report will be available on our website in a few…


January 27, 2016

The #3 reason to study real estate at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies…

#3 Interdisciplinary environment at a top 5 in the world university Most Real Estate programs are housed in a Business School- not Runstad…We pride ourselves on our location in the College of Built Environments- offering access to interdisciplinary opportunities in Construction Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning—AND Vice Versa! While the curriculum does include…


January 26, 2016

2014 Runstad Fellows NAIOP presentation

Last week, the 2014 Runstad Affiliate Fellows presented their program “Risks & Collaborations: A Discussion on the Future of Seattle” at the January NAIOP breakfast meeting. The program was sponsored by Touchstone and Deutsche Asset Management. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Touchstone, Deutsche Asset Management and expecially NAIOP for their continued support of…


January 25, 2016

Seattle firm Lake Union Partners is booming with projects

Lake Union Partners was featured in two stories in the Seattle Times this past week.  Our very own, past MSRE student mentor and Runstad Fellow Joe Ferguson, is one of the four principals of this innovative firm.  Read about how the financial crisis played a part in starting this great company and about the exciting projects they have in…


January 22, 2016

MSRE Info Session, January 25th

Interested in learning more about our Master of Science in Real Estate program?  We will be holding an MSRE Info Session on the Seattle UW campus Monday, January 25th.  Lunch will be provided! MSRE Info Session Monday, January 25th 12:30 pm UW Seattle Campus Gould Hall 3950 University Ave NE, room 100 please RSVP: bestm2@uw.edu


January 20, 2016

The #2 reason to study real estate at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies…

#2 Association conferences and competitions Each of our students are encouraged to participate in one or more industry associations for the access to industry leaders and cutting edge ideas that it provides. Many of these associations also have strong emerging leader programs that allow access to peers in the working environment. The program provides lodging…


Runstad Fellow Susan Jones featured in Seattle Times

The Seattle Times recently did a feature on Susan Jone’s innovative, sustainable home. Susan is a past Runstad Fellow and current Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Architecture. Their home is the first permitted building in Seattle, as well as one of the first multilevel structures in the country to use cross-laminated timber (CLT)….


January 14, 2016

CBE team enters Hines competition

Five students from the College of Built Environments, including two of our own MSRE students, have formed a team to compete in the 14th Annual Urban Land Institute Hines Competition.  ULI has announced that this year’s site will be an area in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood.  The Hines Competition asks teams to create a design and development proposal for…


January 11, 2016

2015 Runstad Fellows Presentation, Jan 20th

The 2015 Runstad Fellows will present their research findings from their travels to South America at the January 20th NAIOP breakfast. Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 a.m. Location: Four Seasons Seattle 99 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 Cost: $50 Members, $70 Non-Members Register online for the January breakfast meeting today. The 2015 UW Runstad…


January 8, 2016

2015 Runstad Fellows Presentation, this Monday Jan 11th!

2015 Runstad Fellows Event:  Please join us!  MONDAY JANUARY 11TH 5:30PM Gould 100 please RSVP: bestm2@uw.edu Video Presentation Discussion Socializing See below for more details,  Kate Simonen & Thaisa Way (UW) Joe Ferguson and Maiko Winkler-Chin (Seattle Professionals) Andrew Hunt and Yeon Soo Lee (UW MSRE 2015 Graduates)  Event Details As the 2015 Runstad Affiliate…


MSRE Info Session – Jan 20th

Interested in applying to the Master of Science in Real Estate program?  The Runstad Center will be holding an information session in downtown Seattle on January 20th.  Please join us for an informal conversation about the MSRE program and application process.  Current students and alums will be on hand to speak about their experiences in…


January 7, 2016

A conversation with Blake Eagle: January 19th, 6 pm

The History of Institutional Real Estate Investment: a 40-Year Perspective A Conversation with Blake Eagle Tuesday, January 19th  Gould Hall room 110 6 pm Please RSVP: bestm2@uw.edu Blake Eagle will be making a presentation on Tuesday, January 19th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (Room 110-Gould Hall) to the RE 598 portfolio management class on…


January 5, 2016

Local experts sum up Seattle’s neighborhoods in 2015

Recently the neighborhood blog Curbed surveyed real estate luminaries on their highs and lows of Seattle real estate development in 2015.  Our own Peter Orser, Center Director, and Matthew Gardner, Runstad Center Advisory Board member, were included in the group of local experts that were interviewed.  Read the three part series here: Part I: Local Experts Sum Up Seattle’s…


December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The Runstad Center would like to wish everyone a very merry holiday and a happy new year!


December 21, 2015

The #1 reason to study real estate at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies…

#1 Fourth rated city for real estate growth Is there any better City in America to study Real Estate?  Seattle is in the middle of a real estate boom underpinned by extraordinary growth from “new industry” companies like Amazon, Costco, Starbucks and Microsoft—not to mention other corporate traditional giants like Boeing. New commercial high rises…


December 14, 2015

Runstad Fellow Thaisa Way in the Seattle Times

The Seattle Times interviewed Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow Thaisa Way recently on her book “The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag: From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design.” Read the story here  


December 9, 2015

The 3rd Annual Real Estate Symposium

Peter Orser shares his thoughts on the 3rd Annual Real Estate Symposium… The Runstad Center just completed its 3rd annual joint Real Estate conference with the Foster School on December 8th.  The program featured Robert Feldstein the Director for policy and innovation for Mayor Ed Murray.  He spoke eloquently on the progress the City is…


Does economic prosperity = better quality of life?

Dr. Enrico Moretti’s keynote speech at the 2nd Annual Leadership Dinner continues to receive buzz, read more on Allison Partners blog.  Read more on Dr. Moretti’s research here.


December 2, 2015

Home sale prices increase as sales are down

Home sale prices increased while actual sales declined in Washington State as reported in the 3rd quarter of 2015. Read more about the Center’s research findings on UW Today. Here’s a preview of the data, in our snapshot for Q3 2015.


November 17, 2015

Join us for the 3rd Annual Real Estate Symposium

You’re Invited!  Please join the Foster School of Business and Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies for an engaging discussion on urban growth and infrastructure featuring Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Professor Raphael Bostic (former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), Kevin Desmond (General Manager of…


November 5, 2015

Enrico Moretti quoted in DJC Real Estate Buzz

During Enrico Moretti’s visit to Seattle last week to speak at the Runstad Center Leadership Dinner, he was interviewed by the Daily Journal of Commerce.  He spoke about how an increase in tech jobs relate to booming cities like Seattle.  Read more from Enrico Moretti’s interview with the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here


November 3, 2015

KUOW talks with Enrico Moretti

KUOW interviewed Enrico Moretti, the keynote speaker of our 2nd Annual Leadership Dinner, about the rapid growth of Seattle.  How do we avoid making the mistakes that cities have made in the past?  Listen to the interview here


October 30, 2015

Good news, its time for the 2nd Annual Leadership Dinner

Enrico Moretti, Ph.D., our speaker at this evening’s Runstad Center Leadership Dinner, sat down with the Puget Sound Business Journal to talk about the future of wages in Seattle and how they depend on housing development.  We are thrilled Enrico is sharing his .knowledge and ideas with our community tonight. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/10/good-news-seattle-youll-be-getting-a-raise-even-if.html


October 26, 2015

Innovative redevelopment in San Francisco

MSRE student Brooke Shorett shares more highlights from the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting… Earlier this month, the Runstad Center sent many of its students to San Francisco for ULI’s Fall Meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet real estate students and professionals from all over the world and hear from a multitude of fantastic and…


October 22, 2015

Lessons for Seattle from San Francisco

Several of our MSRE students recently visited San Francisco for the ULI Fall Meeting.  David Leon shares his thoughts on the changes and challenges in that city, and how they compare to the ones we are facing here in Seattle. Thanks, David! A former colleague once said to me Seattle reminded him of San Francisco…


October 16, 2015

Travel benefits for Runstad students

One of the many benefits of an education at the Runstad Center is the unique opportunity to travel to a national conference and have exclusive access to a number of prominent figures in the industry.  Our students who attended the recent ULI fall meeting had a fruitful and exciting visit to San Francisco.  Shanon Ford…


October 12, 2015

ULI Inspiration: Waterfront Transformation in SF

During last Monday’s ULI tour of large-scale transformation along the San Francisco waterfront, 100 attendees enjoyed a boating tour around Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands and walking tours Pier 70, Mission Rock, and the historic Naval shipyards at Hunter’s Point and Candlestick Park. With San Francisco’s housing affordability crisis frequently in the news and the…


October 8, 2015

Fireside chat with Jon & Judy Runstad

On Wednesday September 16th Jon and Judy Runstad were the featured speakers at the inaugural event of the Runstad Center Alumni Association. The Masters in Real Estate Degree has just celebrated the graduation of their fifth class so the alumni numbers are growing quickly and its high time we grow and solidify our network of…


October 7, 2015

2015 MSRE Orientation

Every year, incoming MSRE students start school a few days early to attend their week long New Student Orientation.  The whirlwind week begins with introductions to the curriculum, faculty, and programs the Center offers. Throughout the week they tour development projects, visit companies in Seattle and across the sound, and meet industry leaders to learn more about…


October 1, 2015

Welcome Class of 2017!

School is back in session and we are thrilled to welcome our newest class of 28 MSRE candidates, a record number for the program. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates from the Class of 2017!


September 17, 2015

Runstad Center Leadership Dinner

Please join us for the Second Annual Runstad Center Leadership Dinner. Our speaker, Dr. Enrico Moretti, is a nationally recognized thought leader on topics critically relevant to the City of Seattle today. Meet him, hear him, and engage him in questions and answers. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Westin Hotel, Seattle…


September 15, 2015

Runstad Affiliate Fellows Presentation, Thursday September 24th

Risks and Collaborations:  A Discussion on the Future of Seattle Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 – 8:00pm Wing Luke Museum 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 Panel and Community Discussion Please join Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows Joe Ferguson and Maiko Winkler-Chin and special guests in a panel discussion.  The discussion, moderated by Associate Professor…


August 27, 2015

Affiliate Instructor Search

The University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Runstad Center are seeking two affiliate part-time instructors for the MS in Real Estate.  We are seeking instructors to teach Financial Modeling for Real Estate II – ARGUS AE and Negotiations and Conflict Resolution in The Built Environment, both scheduled to be offered winter quarter 2016. Interested…


August 18, 2015

Washington state housing market stays strong in second quarter of 2015

Washington state’s housing market remained strong in the second quarter of 2015. Home sale prices, the number of sales and the number of new building permits were all up compared with a year ago. The statewide median sales price for a single family home rose to $289,300 in the second quarter of 2015, 9.5 percent…


July 29, 2015

The Dynamics of a Rapidly Growing City

On Friday July 24th Peter Orser, Director of the Center, was asked to make the keynote presentation to the ULI young leaders group. This energetic collection of emerging real estate professional gathered from Vancouver BC, Portland and Seattle to discuss “the Dynamics of a Rapidly Growing City” – a topic with many subtopics providing fodder…


July 13, 2015

Tech boom boosts the Seattle luxury home market

Runstad Center Director Peter Orser is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about how the tech boom has increased prices in the Seattle luxury home market, as executives look to relocate to neighborhoods with a short commute to downtown.    


June 17, 2015

Congratulations, MSRE Class of 2015!

It was a beautiful evening last Thursday at the Russell Investment Center as the Runstad Center celebrated the graduating MSRE Class of 2015.   Thank you to all the family members, friends, board members, faculty and staff who came out to toast to our students.  The Runstad Center is so proud of this incredible class.   We have no…


June 3, 2015

Rich Haag + Thaisa Way at Town Hall Seattle | Wed 6/10 @ 7:30pm

Modern Impacts of Pacific Northwest Landscape Design: Rich Haag + Thaisa Way Wednesday, June 10th 7:30 – 8:30 pm Town Hall Seattle Tickets: $5  purchase online Doors open: 6:30pm Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow Thaisa Way and Richard Haag will sit down and offer a visual tour of the work he does, exploring the far-reaching influences…


May 19, 2015

Lunch with the Runstads

Last Thursday Jon and Judy Runstad sat down to lunch with our second year MSRE students.  This has become an annual tradition, where students have the opportunity to share their experiences in the program as well as their plans for the future .  Thanks so much Jon and Judy!  


May 18, 2015

UW Team Wins Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge!

  An inter-disciplinary College of Built Environment graduate student team organized by the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies won the 24th Annual Bank America Low-Income Housing Challenge on May 14th in San Francisco. In the largest competition in the 24 years since Bank America started the Challenge an initial group of 10 University teams…


May 15, 2015

Commoning the community in Brazil

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who recently traveled to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. Recently, Thaisa Way took us for a look at the yards and courtyards of Santiago.  Here, she explores the idea of “commoning the community” in a favela, Vidigal in Rio de Janiero,…


May 13, 2015

Washington housing market remains strong in 1st quarter of 2015

Washington state’s housing market was strong in the first quarter of 2015, with both sales and new building permits up compared with a year ago and the market remaining largely affordable, according to a new report from the Washington Center for Real Estate Research here at the Runstad Center.  Housing affordability for all buyers statewide…


May 12, 2015

Runstad Affiliate Fellow authors new book

The Runstad Center congratulates Thaisa Way, whose new book, “The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag: From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design” was recently published by University of Washington Press.  UW Today picked up the story and talked with Thaisa about Rich Haag, his legacy, and how his work demonstrates that thoughtful design of the public realm –…


May 11, 2015

Public vs. private landscapes in Santiago

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who recently traveled to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. Recently, Thaisa Way explored the important role of public spaces in social housing.  Here, she continues her exploration of the public realm with a look at the yards and courtyards of Santiago. In…


May 7, 2015

Social Housing and the Public Realm

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who recently traveled to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.  Here, Thaisa Way explores the important role of public spaces in social housing.  As a landscape and urban historian, I was thrilled to serve this year as a 2015 Runstad Affiliate Fellow. This…


May 4, 2015

Dining out in a new city

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who recently traveled to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.  Here, Maiko Winkler-Chin shares her love of good food – and what our dining spots say about the cities we live in, especially to those who visit.  People who know me would…


May 1, 2015

AP Hurd to address Carbon Accountability at CoreNet luncheon

A Runstad Center faculty member and Affiliate Fellow, AP Hurd, is speaking at the monthly CoreNet luncheon.  AP is President and Chief Development Officer of Touchstone as well as the author of The Carbon Efficient City, which shows how regional economies can be aligned with practices that drive carbon efficiency. Governor Jay Inslee’s recent signature legislation,…


April 29, 2015

RE Club hosts Argus training session

One of the perks of being a Runstad Center MSRE student is the support we enjoy from the University of Washington Real Estate Club.  The Real Estate Club provides opportunities for networking, career development, and property tours for students who have an interest in real estate.  Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the real estate industry, its membership…


April 27, 2015

UW team advances to finals in low-income housing competition!

A team of MSRE, M. Arch, MUP and MPA students from the University of Washington has been advanced to the final round in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Challenge 2015.  Their proposal was for an affordable, multifamily housing development in the Wedge neighborhood of Tacoma. The Wedge neighborhood is located at a…


April 22, 2015

Runstad program among top 5 on the west coast!

Bisnow has named the MSRE program at the UW’s Runstad Center as one of the top 5 graduate real estate programs on the west coast!   We’re pleased and proud to receive this recognition.  Read the full article here — and stop by, call, email, or attend an information session to learn more about our…


April 15, 2015

CREW & Runstad Center Present: Built Environments Career Panel

This Thursday, April 16th, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies is partnering with CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) to bring you a diverse panel of speakers talking about their careers.  Whether you’re in planning, finance, construction management, design, HR, engineering, philosophy or… any discipline, the industry has something for you. How about customer service, project…


April 14, 2015

As The Pendulum Swings

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.  Here, Joe Ferguson shares his thoughts about balance and moderation with regard to public housing incentives.  I have always found it discouraging when I see our…


April 10, 2015

Bellevue Room Rental Ordinance Approved

The Bellevue City Council has approved a permanent ordinance to limit single-family homes from becoming boarding houses, and allowing rooming houses in designated multi-family districts.  Listen to Dr. Stephen O’Connor comments on KUOW about the Council’s decision.


April 9, 2015

Valparaiso Wires and Walls

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. Valparaiso, a UNESCO heritage site and former thriving port 2 hours west of Santiago. The quantity and arrangement of the electric wires were a stunning representation…


April 8, 2015

Quilicura Social Housing

As Maiko mentioned in an earlier post, our friend Sole took us to some visit social housing constructed in the 1990s where we visited a non-profit and we spoke with one of the long term residents – VERY INTERESTING. Sole volunteered for this organization and lived there when she was a student. The social housing…


April 7, 2015

Making introductions

We continue our series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.  Here, Thaisa Way introduces her fellow Fellow, filmmaker Jose Carlos Teixiera. Two days into our trip we welcomed our film artist Jose Carlos Teixiera, whom I met…


April 3, 2015

Quality vs. Quantity

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.   Hi there! I’m Maiko, and I’m a Runstad Affiliate Fellow. Welcome to my introductory blog. Yes, I haven’t done this before. I come…


April 2, 2015

Barrio Bellavista

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. Barrio Bellavista: an artistic neighborhood where we had a great Chilean dinner and conversation with Ernesto and Sole, family friends, who shared many great insights…


April 1, 2015

“What makes the plaza live?”

This is the third in a series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. It’s a hot afternoon. We arrived in Santiago this morning. After walking over three miles – did we tell you that it’s hot out? – the…


CREW Seattle & Sound/Runstad Center Present: UCREW

Are you interested in the real estate industry? If yes, this event is for you. If not, this event is also for you. Because whether you’re in planning, finance, construction management, design, HR, engineering, philosophy or… any discipline, the industry has something for you. How about customer service, project management, research, green building and sustainability……


MSRE Info Sessions 4/7 & 4/21

Interested in applying to the Master of Science in Real Estate program?  We will be holding two info sessions in April.  Please join us for an informal conversation about the MSRE program and application process.  Current students and alums will be on hand to speak about their experiences in the program as well as Runstad…


March 31, 2015

University in the City

This is the second in a series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who have just returned from their travels to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. See the map from the earlier post. We walked from our hotel to the University District and back (about 6 miles total on…


March 30, 2015

Affiliate Instructor Search

The University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Runstad Center are seeking an affiliate part-time instructor for the MS in Real Estate commencing in September 2015. The individual selected will be teaching the course titled: “Leadership in the Built Environments” in the autumn quarter of 2015. Interested applicants should submit their…


March 26, 2015

Segregated Santiago

This is the first of a series of blog posts from our Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows class of 2015, who are traveling this week to Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil. We are excited about what they will bring back to us from a region so ready to discuss affordable housing, social cohesion, and…


March 23, 2015

Board Member Highlight: Peter Orser

Currently serving as vice chair of the Runstad Center Advisory Board, after many years as an esteemed member of that board, Peter Orser will assume the mantle of Board Chair in 2016. We are incredibly fortunate to have him, an executive whose credentials read like a “Who’s Who” in the world of real estate. Peter…


Runstad Center Launches Innovative New Master of Science in Real Estate Curriculum

Responding to increasing demand from working professionals, the Runstad Center is pleased to announce that a new work compatible Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) curriculum will be offered beginning fall, 2015.  Courses will be taught two afternoons a week (and some evenings) and the time required to earn the degree has been shortened…


2014 Leadership Dinner – Seattle at the Crossroads

The success of the Runstad Center Leadership Dinner this past October can be measured by more than its 400-person attendance or the monetary proceeds that so benefit our students. The true impact is in building a robust and inclusive dialogue about where we are headed as a community, how we will use the economic engine…


Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows Program

It is a unique opportunity. The Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows Program is designed to spark new thinking through unconventional, interdisciplinary collaboration and to engage a broad audience in a research topic within the rubric of sustainability. We pair Runstad Center graduate students with emerging industry thought leaders and College of Built Environments faculty for a…


Milestones: New Faculty

The Runstad Center is pleased to have Professor Sofia Dermisi on board this academic year. Where to begin? Professor Dermisi’s work is truly interdisciplinary, combining design, planning, engineering, finance, economics, sustainability, and, of course, real estate market analysis. The core of her research has been to understand office markets under the effects of internal and…


The Accidental Real Estate Economist

In January, 2012, we were incredibly fortunate to have the Washington Center for Real Estate Research relocate to the University of Washington and the Runstad Center from its former home at Washington State University, and with it, the extraordinary talents of its Director, Glenn Crellin. Without question, these have been exciting times to be an…


Alumni Highlight: Zachery Clements

Ask Zachery Clements how he feels about his experience as a Runstad student and the answer is as compelling as it is easy: “Fortunate and grateful for the opportunity and the timing.” Zach, now working with Dunn & Hobbes, a Seattle-based investor and developer of urban infill mixed-use projects, says the greatest value of being…


March 16, 2015

2015 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge

This year’s Real Estate Development Studio course was once again run in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest NAIOP Real Estate Challenge.  Our team of twelve students competed against students from the University of British Columbia to craft a development proposal for a portion of the original Rainier Brewery site located in the Georgetown Neighborhood of…


February 10, 2015

New UW Real Estate Curriculum!

Study real estate in a hot market city, known to be a learning laboratory for innovation and sustainability.  The UW Graduate School has approved a new work compatible curriculum for the Master of Science in Real Estate program: Streamlined – 5 quarters full time/9 quarters part time Teaching schedule – 2 afternoons a week plus…


January 14, 2015

The History of Institutional RE Investment: A Conversation with Blake Eagle

The History of Institutional Real Estate Investment:  A 40-Year Perspective Tuesday, January 20th 6-7 pm Gould Hall, room 100 kindly rsvp:  bestm2@uw.edu This presentation is a real opportunity to hear an industry pioneer’s perspectives on the institutional real estate asset class.  Through Blake Eagle’s vision and involvement over the years in a multitude of roles, he…


January 6, 2015

Detroit Future City: Design for Rapid Change

Join the UW Department of Landscape Architecture and Professional Advisory Committee, ARCADE, UW Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, UW Department of Urban Design and Planning at the Frye Art Museum for a panel discussion on Detroit with thought leaders who are at the heart of the city’s transformation and revival.  The panel includes past Runstad Affiliate Fellows Lisa Picard and Eric Becker. Thursday 22nd Jan 2015, 5-7…


December 8, 2014

Seattle: crowdfunding capital?

Key members of the real estate community, including Runstad Center faculty member Ed McGovern and MSRE alum/board member Katlin Jackson, joined a distinguished panel of speakers at the Four Seasons last week for “Seattle Capital Landscape: New Trends and Huge Deals,” hosted by Bisnow.  The morning featured a stimulating discussion on the future of investment and…


November 24, 2014

2014 CoreNet Scholarship Recipients

CoreNet recently recognized the 2014 scholarship recipients at their November luncheon.  Congratulations Zac Strode, Ben Lukes, Andrew Hunt, Michael Riha, and Brad Machat.  A sincere thank you to CoreNet Seattle Chapter President Scott Carter & Sponsorship Vice President John Coates III for your continued support of our students.


November 21, 2014

Hello from the High Line!

In October several 2nd year Runstad MSRE students headed up to NYC for the Annual ULI Fall Meeting. We might have lost a little of our dignity while celebrating into the late evening, but I’m happy to report that everyone is headed home! This morning I had the opportunity to walk the world famous High Line….


November 20, 2014

Sofia Dermisi awarded “Best Research Manuscript” by the American Real Estate Society

Dr. Sofia Dermisi, Runstad Endowed Professor in Real Estate is the recipient of the “Best Research Manuscript” award in the Hotel/Lodging Real Estate category for a paper presented at the American Real Estate Society annual conference in April, 2014.  Dr. Dermisi’s paper, “Effects of Worldwide Terrorist Attacks Targeting Hotels on Overall Hotels’ Performance” examined the…


November 5, 2014

Past Runstad Board Chair Greg Johnson named Executive of the Year

Leadership always matters.  For many years, the Runstad Center benefitted daily from the leadership of long time Advisory Board Chair Greg Johnson.  Over those same years, Greg accumulated a pile of accomplishments as President of Wright Runstad & Company:  spearheading the redevelopment of a warehouse/industrial area in Bellevue into a mixed use, transit oriented development…


October 1, 2014

Welcome to the MSRE class of 2016!

The new school year is underway and we are delighted to welcome our newest class of MSRE candidates.  Stay tuned for more pictures and updates from the Class of 2016!


September 17, 2014

Orientation is underway!

The Runstad Center welcomed its newest class of MSRE candidates this week!  Orientation activities began on Monday, with a full schedule each day until classes begin next week.  Our students were introduced to our dean, faculty members, support staff, mentors, and professional community.  On Tuesday they toured the Seattle regional real estate market with visits…


September 11, 2014

Please join us for the first annual Runstad Center Leadership Dinner!

The first annual Runstad Center Leadership Dinner will be held on October 9, 2014, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. Together with a distinguished panel of public and private leaders, we invite you to join the conversation on the future of our city, region and state. Special Presentation: Announcing the Glenn Crellin Research Scholarship…


August 26, 2014

Washington housing market improves in 2nd quarter of 2014

Washington State’s housing market showed improvement over its first quarter performance, according to a new report from the Washington Center for Real Estate Research here at the Runstad Center.  However, year-over-year sales activity is still down across the state. Runstad Center director Stephen O’Connor explains that while most economic statistics are reported at seasonally adjusted…


August 14, 2014

Runstad real estate research roundup

The Runstad Center has been in the news lately, having released new statistics about record-setting median home prices in Seattle, as well as increased housing vacancy rates in the Tri-Cities.  Glenn Crellin talked with KOMO News and the Tri-City Herald about the Center’s findings. Additionally, Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow and faculty member AP Hurd has…


July 24, 2014

Touchstone preparing to start NorthEdge complex in Fremont

Touchstone Corp. is getting ready to start construction on a four-story, 210,000-square-foot office project across the street from Gas Works Park.  This is just steps away from the site that our victorious 2014 NAIOP studio team explored in this year’s challenge, solidly in the middle of the “intellectual triangle” formed by the technology/corporate/scholarly hubs of…


June 25, 2014

2013 Affiliate Fellow Lisa Picard on Urban Resiliency

“Today, the best lessons about urban resiliency appear to be found in Berlin and Detroit. These cities, both formerly wealthy manufacturing centers, have undergone economic ruin, population decimation and, now, phases of creative and economic re-emergence, fueled by grassroots community movements and entrepreneurial new arrivals.” 2013 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow Lisa Picard is featured in…


June 17, 2014

Congratulations, MSRE Class of 2014!

Our 2014 graduating class of Master of Science in Real Estate students celebrated in grand style last week, prior to receiving their diplomas from the University of Washington. More photos from our festive graduation reception are posted below.  Thank you to all the many board members, faculty, staff, family members, and friends who came out…


June 2, 2014

Mobility = Mobility (Part 2)

The previous entry from the Runstad Fellows looked at how an innovative city in Colombia – Medellin – has remade itself through a series of mobility-centered design interventions. The result of these interventions has created a well-connected city, provided better access to jobs, and decreased violence. Seattle doesn’t have warring neighborhoods or broad swaths of…


May 27, 2014

Executive Q&A with Greg Johnson

Runstad Center advisory board member (and former chair) Greg Johnson was profiled in Seattle Business magazine this week.  In the article, Greg shares his vision for the Spring District as one more place where Seattle’s Eastside can bloom.  He also shares a bit about his history prior to becoming President of Wright Runstad & Co.,…


May 22, 2014

Runstad students head to San Francisco

Several of our MSRE students were in San Francisco recently for the 23rd annual Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge.  Sponsored by Bank of America, the Challenge is a competition among several West Coast graduate schools where teams must create a low income housing proposal. Each team must identify a viable site and then develop…


May 21, 2014

Passing the torch

At the spring meeting of the Runstad Center Advisory Board last week, outgoing chair Lisa Stewart was presented with a token of our gratitude for providing the framework of our success over the last two years.  Our sincerest thanks to Lisa for her invaluable leadership, and an enthusiastic welcome to incoming chair Anne Lawler. (Thank…


Mobility = Mobility

Can increased physical mobility lead to increased social mobility in a city? In one resilient Colombian city, leaders believe physical mobility is a necessity. Medellín, Colombia is a city on the rise. It was recently named City of the Year by Urban Land Institute and was the host of the United Nation’s prestigious World Urban…


May 15, 2014

Wright Runstad awarded contract for Rainier Square redevelopment

Last week, the University of Washington Board of Regents approved the selection of Wright Runstad & Company to redevelop Rainier Square, a 140,000 square foot retail property that is part of the University’s Metropolitan Tract in downtown Seattle. Wright Runstad & Company was selected through a competitive process managed by the University of Washington. The…


May 8, 2014

Washington housing market weaker in 1st quarter 2014

Washington State’s housing market finished weaker in the first quarter of 2014 when compared to the end of 2013, according to a new report from the Washington Center for Real Estate Research here at the Runstad Center. The housing market is still suffering from low inventory, as evidenced by decreased sales volume and by an…


May 1, 2014

Join the Crowd

“The Eiffel Tower was financed by Gustave Eiffel, the Empire State by John Jakob Rasob and Pierre Dupont, and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, was financed by Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum…the first skyscraper in Colombia is being financed by thousands of Colombians.” BD Bacata will be the first skyscraper…


April 29, 2014

Former Runstad fellow to speak at Bisnow Summit

Former Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow Liz Dunn will be speaking at the Seattle Creative Office Summit, hosted by Bisnow, on May 21.  She joins a panel of experts in exploring the exciting world of creative office space in the Seattle area.  Hear about the new trends in office space, what is attracting growing and established…


April 16, 2014

Maria Barrientos meets with Runstad students

Accomplished Seattle developer Maria Barrientos gave our students a veritable master class in residential development at a brown bag lunch session yesterday.  Maria has completed trendsetting mixed-use apartment and condominium projects in all of Seattle’s hippest urban neighborhoods.  She also has an impressive project management practice, focused on cultural arts facilities, having managed the renovation…


MSRE student advances in Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to our second-year MSRE student Nowelle Knutson, whose company Seven Rue has advanced to the Investment round of the annual Foster School Business Plan Competition!  Seven Rue is an innovative real estate company that helps homeowners sell their homes themselves without the use of a traditional real estate agent.  It was one of 36…


April 14, 2014

Why Medellín matters

“It’s not about infrastructure, architecture or engineering, it’s about a political project inclusive of citizens”. Jorge Perez, current Director of Planning, Medellín   Inspiring images of libraries, escalators and metro-cables in Medellín have populated the pages of worldwide media in recent years. But the real story of triumph does not come from any of these photogenic…


See More From the Fellows’ Travels…

It’s impossible to capture all we saw in small blog entries, so the Runstad Affiliate Fellows are working to collected all their images and display them on an upcoming online gallery. Stay tuned…


April 10, 2014

Upcoming events

Runstad Center students and alumni: please mark your calendars for the following events! April 15, 12:30pm, Gould 110: Brown bag with Maria Barrientos Maria is one of the most prominent women working in development in the Seattle region.  She has a 15 year track record of projects in both cultural/arts facilities and multi-family housing.  Bisnow…


April 9, 2014

Runstad Center at ARES

Three members of the Runstad Center team were in San Diego last week for the thirteenth annual meeting of the American Real Estate Society (ARES).  Director Stephen O’Connor was a panelist for a session titled “Education Track V: The Good, The Bad, and The Tried and True — New, Old, and Out There Models of…


April 8, 2014

Medellín in Seattle!

Just two weeks after our return from Medellin, the Governor of Antioquia, Colombia, and former Mayor of Medellin, Sergio Fajardo will be in town, speaking at Kane Hall 120 on April 24, at 7:00 pm. Thanks to the UW Jackson School and the UW CBE! Can’t wait to meet this transformational governor/mayor/leader.


April 3, 2014

Open house: April 4

Tomorrow is our annual open house for prospective students in all departments of the College of Built Environments, including the Runstad Center.  Here is a rundown of the college-wide activities planned.  Please feel free to stop by our office or email msre@uw.edu for specifics.  We hope to see you soon! Lunch (11:45 – 1:00 pm,…


Bogota in Seattle!

Just three days after our return from Bogota and Medellin – ‘Bogota Cambio’ premieres at the NWFilm Forum – several of us showed up and saw this inspiring account of the two incredible Mayors, who in just three three-year terms between them, completely changed the social, physical and economic culture of the city. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsVnQUCI1VE#t=16


March 29, 2014

Historic Cartagena

Experienced the beautiful Spanish colonial city of Cartagena through the arts scene…amazing biennial that brought all corners of the city alive!


March 28, 2014

Visionary Leaders

We met yesterday with the inspiring Jorge Perez, Planning Director of Medellin, former Dean of the school of Architecture, who spoke passionately about the value of community leaders, planning and transforming people’s realities through bringing different worlds together through mobility, public investments, and relationships.


March 26, 2014

Remaking Moravia

Moravia: 35 year-old land fill in the middle of the city of Medellin: populated and settled around methane gas holes; then, planned and remediated slowly through different plant types and an intense community outreach effort.


People Capital in Medellín

Incredible triple header day today: informal settlements made formal in the morning, to 35 year old landfill planned, settled and remediated in the afternoon to an inspiring lecture by Alejandro Echeverri in the evening about shifting grounds – the shifting of the most vulnerable populations in Medellin.


Medellín Innovates with Social Urbanism

The excellent Carlos Andres touring us through the informal/now formal settlements showing us new public escalators and bike/pathways through this vertical district, he has worked on these projects for over four years, through extensive community involvement.


More from Bogota

Two sides of the same street – Penalosa’s expansive green park, packed with soccer fields on one side, informal settlements and car repair shops on the other…riding the incredibly fast Transmilenio bus/rapid transit out to Portal de Tunal yesterday in the far southern reaches of Bogota.


March 23, 2014

First look at Bogotá

It’s been an amazing start to the trip in the impressively put together city of Bogota… incredibly high quality construction, especially brick residential projects, lush green avenues that we all experienced on the Sunday ride called the ciclovia, and attention to details everywhere in the public realm from stormwater to public toilets to public parks…


March 20, 2014

Bogotá bound!

Incredible energy down in the city of Citizen Culture… our 2014 Runstad Affiliate Fellows leave tomorrow for Bogotá, awaiting thunderstorms and protests.  Stay tuned for their updates from the road.  Buen viaje, amigos!


March 19, 2014

Runstad team wins the 2014 NAIOP Challenge!

Congratulations to our Real Estate Development Studio students for winning the Eleventh Annual NAIOP Real Estate Challenge!  This unique competition features teams from the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta; each vying for bragging rights and the prestige associated with the mastery of the event.  Students from each…


March 12, 2014

Crellin honored by WA state legislature

Yesterday in Olympia, Glenn Crellin received formal recognition for 20+ years of service to the real estate industry and the people of Washington today.  The resolution was sponsored by Representative Susan Fagan of Pullman, WA – Glenn’s former home where he helmed the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at WSU, before relocating to Seattle…


March 11, 2014

Crowdfunding Across the Globe

Crowdfunding is everywhere – from our own exciting new bill in Olympia, introduced by Rep. Cyrus Habib and passed just last week, to Bogota and Medellin, Colombia where the 2014 Runstad Fellows head out to at the end of next week….can’t wait to bring back case studies from some very innovative thinking in Latin America….


March 6, 2014

Seattle as classroom for first-year students

First year MSRE student Patrick Kassin has been blogging about the many visits he and his fellow students have been making to sites around Seattle, and their conversations with the many Runstad Center board members, mentors, and friends they meet.  These inside tours of the real estate “real world” are an invaluable complement to work…


March 5, 2014

Evolution Projects visits the Runstad Center

MSRE 2013 alumna Ji Shon returned to Gould Hall yesterday along with her colleague Chad Dale, partner in Evolution Projects, for a brown bag lunch session with our students.  Ji completed a dual MSRE/M.Arch degree last year and is now doing both design and development work for Evolution.  Chad is a partner is the famed…


February 27, 2014

Christopher Leinberger lecture available online

Christopher Leinberger presented a fascinating picture of the Walkable Urban Future of Metro Seattle at the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on February 12.  If you couldn’t be there in person, you can enjoy the lecture right here, right now!  Our thanks to the UW College of Built Environments staff for recording it and making it available…


February 18, 2014

New spring quarter course in Green Building

The Runstad Center is pleased to announce a new Spring 2014 course offering: RE 598: Green Building Law & Risk Mitigation Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7 – 8:20 pm (3 credits) Gould 440 Instructor:  Nicole DeNamur, JD & LEED Green Associate Click to download the flyer This multidisciplinary course will focus on the intersection of green, high performing…


February 13, 2014

You’re invited to UCREW: March 4, 2014

The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies & Commercial Real Estate Women present:  UCREW! Tuesday, March 4, 5-7pm Gould Court Are you interested in the real estate industry? If yes, this event is for you. If not, this event is also for you. Because whether you’re in planning, finance, construction management, design, HR, engineering, philosophy…


February 11, 2014

Washington housing market uneven in fourth quarter of 2013

Washington state’s housing market softened in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the quarter before, but remained stronger than a year ago, according to the Washington Center for Real Estate Research here at the Runstad Center. Read what Glenn Crellin had to say when he talked with UW News here, or take a look…


February 6, 2014

Liz Dunn on the evolution of neighborhoods

Liz Dunn, part of the 2011 class of Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows, was interviewed by BUILD llc for Arcade magazine, in a conversation about “neighborhoods that fire on all cylinders.”  She talks about teaming up with Dave Miller (founding partner of Seattle’s esteemed Miller Hull Partnership, and chair of the UW Department of Architecture) to…


January 29, 2014

Runstad alumnus grows new food industry concept

MSRE ’12 alumnus Chris Bajuk has been receiving lots of media attention lately for his environmental agriculture startup, UrbanHarvest.  Bajuk has partnered with The Millionair Club, a leading Seattle charity, building a 250 square foot hydroponics system in the basement of their large Belltown facility, with the goal of harvesting some 20,000 bowls of salad…


Runstad director addresses Housing Forum

Last week in Tacoma, Runstad Center director Steve O’Connor joined industry experts, housing analysts and advocates for Congressman Denny Heck’s Housing Forum: The Future of Housing After the Crisis. Steve provided a housing policy update as part of an overview of housing market and development, and was followed by a panel discussion on housing development…


January 24, 2014

NAIOP recap!

Today’s guest blog comes to us from NAIOP Washington, who sent us this thoughtful summary of the PLACE CAPITAL screening at the NAIOP breakfast meeting on January 15.  Thank you, Ed Scherer! Summary of NAIOP Breakfast January 15, 2014 Place Capital:  A Live Documentary Film About Cities By Ed Scherer, Avidex Industries, LLC Happy New…


January 23, 2014

Scenes from a CoreNet luncheon

Great crowd, great speaker, great students, and a stunning view to boot – here are a few scenes from Tuesday’s CoreNet luncheon, on the 76th floor of Columbia Tower.  Thanks to all who turned up to hear Steve‘s keynote!        photo credits: Melissa Best


January 21, 2014

Christopher Leinberger to present 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

Former Runstad Center guest speaker Christopher Leinberger has been invited to give the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, presented by the College of Built Environments.  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 6:30pm in Architecture Hall. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge as a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher, and author, balancing…


January 16, 2014

Runstad director to be keynote speaker at CoreNet luncheon

Steve O’Connor will be the keynote speaker at the January 21 luncheon of the Washington State Chapter of CoreNet Global.  Click here to register!  


January 15, 2014

Controversy over Seattle building height restrictions

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development may soon make changes to code regulating low-rise multifamily residential buildings.  Last night, city officials held a meeting to hear frustrations from neighbors who dislike the size of lowrise multifamily structures. Ryan Miller is a Master of Urban Planning student pursuing the Real Estate Specialization at the Runstad Center,…


January 14, 2014

Tomorrow! Runstad Affiliate Fellows at NAIOP January breakfast meeting

On Wednesday, January 15, the Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows will present an encore screening of their film, PLACE CAPITAL: A Live Documentary About Cities.   From centers of trade to nodes of information and culture, the Fellows share stories about cities that have experienced destruction and renewal.  What makes places resilient?  How will the sharing economy…


December 19, 2013

Congratulations to Andy Krause, Ph.D.!

The Runstad Center is pleased to announce that we have a newly-minted PhD student! Andy earned his degree through the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design & Planning, advised by Runstad Center faculty member Christopher Bitter.  Andy’s dissertation work focused on the policy and market context for urban intensification within the City of Seattle.  More…


December 12, 2013

First year students meet with local mentors

While our second-year students were in Chicago for the ULI fall meeting, our first-year students were busy meeting with some heavy hitters in the local real estate community.  Patrick Kassin shares some choice tidbits on his blog about the students’ tour of Stadium Place with Kevin Daniels, and Lei Wu writes in with an account…


December 5, 2013

Bending the Cost Curve on Affordable Rental Development

At the recent 2013 ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago, second-year Runstad MSRE student Craig Ratchford attended a panel session to learn more about research and discussions surrounding the issues of affordable housing development.   He writes in with his impressions of that session, and thoughts about how his MSRE experience has helped him take part in…


November 26, 2013

Maintaining your GRADitude

If you’re considering an advanced degree or are currently in the midst of earning one, you are probably well aware of the sacrifice and hard work it will take to achieve your goals.  How do you keep your eye on the end result of your efforts, while also remaining present in the moment and appreciative…


November 21, 2013

Mark your calendars for 2013 IREM Forecast Breakfast

Runstad Center director Dr. Stephen O’Connor will moderate an all-star panel at the 2013 IREM Forecast breakfast on December 6 at the Bellevue Westin.  The panel includes Dr. Svenja Gudell, (Zillow), Joe McWilliams (Port of Seattle), Dave MaGee (Cushman & Wakefield) and Matt Rosauer (Pine Street Group).  The breakfast will also feature a keynote by…


More from Chicago – and its newest skyscraper

MSRE ’13 student Eric Hadden writes in with another report from our students’ recent trip to Chicago for the ULI 2013 Fall Meeting.  Read on to hear all about their trip to 155 Wacker, Chicago’s newest office tower.   As a part of last week’s ULI events, Runstad Students received an exclusive invite to tour…


November 14, 2013

BE PhD Colloquium with the Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows

The Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows presented excerpts from their live documentary, PLACE CAPITAL, earlier today at a lunchtime colloquium hosted by PhD students in the College of Built Environments.  This year’s Affiliate Fellows traveled to Berlin, Krakow and Detroit to study the strategies and synergies that create value and vitality in challenged urban environments.  They…


November 26: brown bag with the Buerk Center

On Tuesday, November 26 from 1:00 – 2:00 in Gould Room 440, the Runstad Center will host a brown bag with Amy Sallin and Sam Ogle of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business.  Sam will be presenting the Entrepreneurship Certificate program which a number of MSRE student peers and…


More from ULI’s 2013 Fall Meeting… and Chicago’s Secret Spaces

MSRE ’14 student Louisa Galassini sends in these beautiful photos from another tour she took at last week’s ULI conference.  Organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, this tour took her behind the scenes of several of the city’s best spaces. First stop, the architecture office of Goettsch Partners at the top floor of the Railway…


November 12, 2013

Second-year students head to Chicago for the 2013 ULI Fall Meeting

The Runstad Center sent several students from the MSRE class of ’14 to Chicago last week for the 2013 ULI Fall meeting.  Guest blogger Louisa Galassini writes in about their tour to the Roosevelt Square neighborhood, below.  Public Housing Redux: Roosevelt Square The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) was founded in 1937 and is currently the…


November 7, 2013

Call for applications: Hines Competition 2014

ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition — Open to CBE Graduate Students – $50,000 Prize   Attention students… the ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is one of the most prestigious academic design competitions in the country. Open only to graduate students, each team selected to participate by the ULI will have two…


November 6, 2013

Washington home sales surged, affordability declined in third quarter

Washington state’s housing market continued to strengthen in the July-September quarter, registering the fifth quarterly consecutive improvement in home sales activity, according to Glenn Crellin, director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research here at the Runstad Center.   Similarly, median home prices throughout the state advanced, while the affordability of homes dropped measurably. The…


November 5, 2013

CoreNet Young Leaders/Runstad Center Event coming up on November 12

CoreNet Global Young Leaders / Runstad Center event, Tuesday, November 12   University of Washington Gould Hall, Room 110 5:30PM – 7:30PM Cost:  FREE!  However, for planning purposes, please RSVP.   (a printable registration form is also available here.)   Real estate professionals consistently hear about the “buzz” companies that are driving the commercial real estate…


October 30, 2013

New winter course offered in Affordable Housing and Development

Winter 2014 Housing Policy – flyer and link to registration info The Runstad Center is pleased to announce a new Winter 2014 Course Offering: RE 598D Special Topics: Affordable Housing & Development Wednesdays, 6-8:50 pm Gould 114 Instructor:  Al Levine, Deputy Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority (Retired) Class Overview This course is intended as a…


October 17, 2013

MSREs visit T-Mobile

  Last Friday, several MSRE students were treated to a lunch-and-learn session with Sean Prasad, VP of Real Estate and Facilites (CRE&F), and James Mayton, MSRE 2013 graduate, at the T-Mobile campus in Bellevue, WA.  We’re proud of our students for their initiative, of our alumni for their incredible support, and of our community for…


October 9, 2013

City Council Candidates on Socially Responsible Development

MSRE class of 2011 alumni Brian Kalthoff and Boting Zhang have created a website, Socially Responsible Development: A Community Dialogue, to address the largely polarized debate surrounding development in Seattle.  Their hope is to carve out a space for curious minds to engage in a meaningful, research-based conversation about what socially responsible development looks like….


October 2, 2013

Reminder: Oct. 3 PLACE CAPITAL presentation

TOMORROW! Don’t miss the Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows’ presentation of PLACE CAPITAL: A Live Documentary Film About Cities. From travels to Berlin, Krakow, Fukushima and Detroit, this year’s Runstad Affiliate Fellows present alive documentary film about the changing nature of cities. From centers of trade to nodes of information and culture, the Fellows share stories…


September 27, 2013

Orientation is a wrap… and a new school year is underway!

Incoming MSRE students just completed an intensive six-day orientation program, which included a series of briefings and project tours throughout the region.  Highlights included an opportunity to tour the new Husky Stadium and hear a real estate insider’s backstory on the complex financial and construction management aspects of that project from Walt Ingram, CFO of…


September 19, 2013

Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows on the “sharing economy” – and an invitation to their film!

  AirBNB, Zipcar and co-working: Why sharing matters to real estate The biggest economic trend of the 21st century may revolve around a concept most of us learned before kindergarten: sharing.   Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow Gabe Grant wrote in today’s DJC about some of the experiences the fellows shared this year, specifically their reflections on…


September 17, 2013

Wright Runstad’s Spring District project featured in Wall Street Journal

Developers bet big on Seattle photo credit Studio216 The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Wright Runstad & Co.’s exciting new project in Bellevue, The Spring District.  Runstad Center board member Greg Johnson, featured in the article, talks about how the Seattle area is showing dramatic growth in the demand for office development, in contrast to…


August 21, 2013

Runstad students invited to tour the Cedar River watershed

Northwest Natural Resource Group is hosting a tour of the City of Seattle’s Cedar River watershed for a group of architects, developers, and builders on 11th of September. The purpose is to showcase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forestry in action and then engage participants in a discussion about improving the flow of FSC wood…


August 15, 2013

Husky Stadium Is As Green As It Is Purple and Gold

UW Athletics reported good news today:  newly renovated Husky Stadium is expected to be recognized with a LEED medal from the United States Green Building council.  Developers Wright Runstad & Co., along with general contractor Turner Construction, were able to meet the needs of the university and achieve the desired space and functionality within constraints…


August 7, 2013

WCRER releases Q2 2013 Housing Market snapshot

The Washington Center for Real Estate Research, housed at the Runstad Center, has just released the snapshot of the Washington State Housing Market report for 2nd quarter 2013: WSHM Snapshot, Q2 2013. Washington state’s housing market continued to advance in the April-June quarter, with four consecutive monthly improvements in home sales activity. Median home prices…


July 30, 2013

Glenn Crellin talks to KUOW about rising rents in Seattle

Glenn Crellin, the Runstad Center’s Associate Director for Research, talked with KUOW last week about rising rents in Seattle and what they say about the economic health of our city.  Seattle has added nearly 2,000 apartments this year, but rents have gone up. The average renter in King and Snohomish counties now pays $1,190 dollars…


July 17, 2013

Chris Bitter awarded 2013 Lionel H. Pries Teaching Award

The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies is pleased to announce that Prof. Chris Bitter was named as the 2013 recipient of the Lionel H. Pries Teaching Award, selected by the students of the College of Built Environments. Prof. Bitter’s background combines academic training in urban and economic geography with ten years of applied real…


MSRE student launches new venture

Students at the Runstad Center are typically very busy with jobs and internships over the summer.  This month, MSRE 2014 candidate Nowelle Knutson launched her own company, Seven Rue, a new residential listing service that aims to help sellers save thousands of dollars on the sale of their home.  The service helps sellers act as…


June 30, 2013

Congratulations Class of 2013!

On a sunny afternoon in June, sixteen students celebrated months and years of hard work and dedication to making their dreams of becoming qualified and employable real estate industry professionals a reality. The theme of the day was transformations and transitions. Not only were the students doing a lot of both but it was also…


June 19, 2013

Third Quarter 2012 Real Estate Market Update (Video)

Glenn Crellin from the Runstad Center for Real Estate Research Studies gives us a recap of some of the third quarter 2012 statistics and how they impact the real estate industry in Washington.


April 29, 2013

MSREs are finalists in UW business plan competition!

2nd year MSRE students Alvaro Jimenez, Dave Knight, and Mary Fialko are creating a buzz in the annual University of Washington Business Plan Competition! They’ve advanced to the “Sweet 16″ round of finalists — go team! Check out their idea for Elemental Hotels at http://www.elementalhotels.com/.


Runstad Fellowship 2013: Berlin, Krakow, and Detroit – Elements of engagement

What is a great space? We all have a couple of examples in our minds, but how are these developments achieved? How can we reach a good equilibrium and mix of human connection and commerce? The end result is most of the time taken for granted, but the process and the necessary elements remain unclear…


March 20, 2013

2013 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge

As a capstone output for the two-year UW MSRE curriculum, many of the program’s students participate in an intensive Real Estate Development Studio. This year’s studio was focused on generating an exciting waterfront redevelopment proposal for South Lake Union in response to the 2013 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge. UW students prepared not just one, but…