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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 and the Runstad Center at the University of Washington.  We are grateful to Glenn for all he has done to advance the Center’s mission, and make us the go-to source for research and education services to the real estate industry in Washington state.

Rep. Fagan (L), Glenn Crellin (R)
Rep. Fagan (L), Glenn Crellin (R)


Evolution Projects visits the Runstad Center

Ji Shon '13 and Chad Dale of Evolution Partners
Ji Shon ’13 and Chad Dale of Evolution Partners

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 Seattle restaurant The Walrus and the Carpenter, and has developed a great deal of expertise on the real estate aspects of restaurant development, adaptive reuse, and a host of other topics.  Evolution Projects is the development arm of the Fremont based outdoor retailer “evo” (evolution Innovations), which strives to bring values around “commerce, cause, culture and community” to all of their development projects.  This was a wonderful opportunity to hear about cutting edge work being done by a small, innovative development team – just the kind of work so many of us would like to be associated with and live down the street from. Our thanks to Ji and Chad for answering our students’ questions and joining us for an engaging discussion!

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 to all.

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 buildings and the law.  Topics will include:

  1.  Systems and standards for defining “green” and the impacts of this definition.
  2.  Federal, state and local regulatory landscape.
  3.  Assessment of risks and risk mitigation tools.
  4.  Professional liability, financing, and insurance.
  5.  Environmental and social justice issues.

Students will learn to identify and understand the risks and challenges presented by high-performing buildings, and analyze frameworks and strategies to manage and overcome these challenges.  This course is designed to prepare future sustainability leaders for the issues they will encounter as this area continues to evolve and become increasingly regulated.

Questions about enrollment?  Email


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

UCREW 2014 Flier Revised

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… there are endless possibilities for you to explore and apply your interests in real estate.

CREW Seattle & Sound has partnered up with The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies to host a fantastic event, UCREW, to be held on Tuesday, March 4, from 5 – 7pm in Gould Hall. This event features an interactive panel session with high-profile speakers representing a wide range of fields, along with professional networking as well as opportunities for job shadowing and mentoring.  RSVP now!

While CREW seeks to promote the advancement of women in the industry, this event is by no means only for ladies. Anyone who is a supporter of the mission is welcomed!

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 in a post-recession world.  Panelists included The keynote speech was delivered by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan.  Our thanks to Congressman Heck for including the Runstad Center in this important conversation!



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 business realities with social and environmental concerns. He is the President of Locus Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors; Chair, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University Business School; Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor at GWU; Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC; and Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit-oriented development firm. His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream. Leinberger was voted one of the “Top 100 Urban Thinkers” in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website. He was the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities.

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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, and a research assistant working with Glenn Crellin at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research.  He was present at the meeting and weighed in with an argument in favor of development, which can help provide an answer to the problem of rising rental rates, as well as respect Seattle’s culture of inclusiveness.  Watch local network coverage of the story here!