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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!

photo credit Bill Gaylord
photo credit Bill Gaylord

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)


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.

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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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 reshape our urban experience?  Are there better ways to approach development in our own community?  Join us for a morning of moving images, stories, and reflections.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Four Seasons Seattle

99 Union St.

Seattle, WA 98101

$40.00 – NAIOP members

$60.00 – Non-Members

Please visit this page to register.


Congratulations to Andy Krause, Ph.D.!

The Runstad Center is pleased to announce that we have a newly-minted PhD student!

Andy Krause, Ph.D.
Andy Krause, Ph.D.

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 specifically, he developed a toolbox-type planning support system to measure parcel-level land use change within the city.  Using data from this model, he then analyzed housing growth within the City’s Urban Villages and conducted a statistical analysis of the determinants of low-rise redevelopment over the 2003 to 2012 period.  Overall findings suggest that: 1) the City’s Urban Villages have been meeting growth targets; and 2) the low-rise redevelopment process in Seattle is driven primarily by factors influencing profitability and that the importance of certain factors – such as lot size and nearby redevelopment activity – varies over both space and time.

In the near future, Andy will be splitting time between on-going research projects at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and his continued consulting work with Greenfield Advisors, a Seattle-based valuation firm.  He can be reached at

Congratulations, Dr. Krause!

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 Q3 snapshot is now available: Snapshot _WSHM Q3 2013

UW Today also has full coverage of the story.  We expect to have the full report available to subscribers in a few weeks.  Interested in subscribing?  Please contact

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 how the emerging “sharing economy” is shaping real estate.  His thoughtful article can be found here.

A film about cities: Oct. 3

“Place Capital: A Live Documentary Film About Cities” will be presented by the 2013 UW Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows on Oct. 3 at HUB Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle 98104 (note address; this is NOT the HUB at the University of Washington) starting at 6:30 p.m.

The film is about the changing nature of cities and is based on the fellows’ travels to Berlin, Krakow, Fukushima and Detroit, places that have experienced destruction and renewal.  The event will look at how will the sharing economy is reshaping the urban experience and whether there are better ways to approach development in this community.

Tickets are at  General admission is free, sponsored by a grant from 4Culture.  Please join us!