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  • MSArch

    Real Estate Development for Architects

    San Diego

  • Master of Science in Architecture

    Real Estate Development for Architects

    San Diego

  • Master of Science in Architecture

    Real Estate Development for Architects

    San Diego

Learn about MSArch RED

MSArch in Real Estate Development (RED)

The Master of Science in Real Estate Development for Architects program seeks to build upon the unique perspective and ethos of the architect. While architects design the way a building looks and works, they are seldom involved in the decision of exactly what to build. In most developments, the architect is considered only one of numerous players, and is often left to carry out a pre-established vision for the development. We believe cities benefit when architects lead.

The MRED program is unlike a real estate development program where the curriculum is offered in a traditional lecture setting. Instead, the entire curriculum of the 12-month, three-semester program is delivered through a studio-based format.

In the first semester, architect-developers present their successful developments in a case-studies studio. Students have the opportunity to consider alternative designs for these existing developments, while they become familiar with and manipulate the specific business plans or pro formas of the projects. Industry professionals, including bankers, contractors, building officials, lawyers, market analysts, and sales representatives, teach parallel professional classes. Their presentations are tied to a series of sketch problems that integrate specific learning outcomes and real world examples.

The parallel professional studio supporting the design studio continues in the second semester, with the direction and advice of industry professionals who continuously participate in the learning process. In the design studio, students survey possible alternatives for new developments and are directed toward a specific project proposal for the final thesis semester.

For the thesis, students develop and prepare finished presentation packages for their projects including market analysis, partnership agreements, funding proposals, architectural designs, and sales and leasing strategies. Many students have gone on after graduation to successfully build their thesis projects.

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    Real Estate Development for Architects Curriculum

    This course of study introduces more than the typical elements of development. In addition to learning from a broad array of building industry professionals, MRED students work with architects who have been successful as developers through innovation and the invention of specific strategies to overcome financial shortcomings and policy roadblocks. These strategies are studied and shared in the studios.

    Fall 1 Semester
    ARCH 580 Case Study Studio
    Current and past developments are studied and analyzed leading to proposals for appropriate in-kind replacements. Students are introduced to cost estimating, financing, and pro forma (line by line) and test their understanding on the design studio proposal.
    ARCH 510 Financial Analysis I
    Financial analysis and economic factors affecting real estate business plans are introduced. The components of a development proposal are studied including financing,
    scheduling, project management, property management, sales, leasing and marketing. Students develop a business plan to accompany the design studio project.
    ARCH 520 Topics and Trends I
    The history of the architect’s role in real estate development and theories of development and their place in urban planning are studied. Macroeconomics, analysis of economic factors affecting real estate supply and demand, market cycles, theory of land markets, and the impact of demographics and technological advances on markets are introduced. A series of lectures and one-day workshops with leaders in real estate development, economics,
    ARCH 530 Construction Cost Estimating I
    Conceptual and preliminary methods for cost estimating
    are introduced.
    ARCH 540 Accounting and Management
    Micro and macro political environments and their roles
    in the success or failure of development are studied
    and assessed. Local, national and international issues impacting real estate development, and development as
    a political activity, are introduced.
    ARCH 550 Banking
    Appropriate opportunities and resources in the public
    and private sectors are identified and pursued, including the establishment of mutually beneficial partnerships.
    The roles played by different kinds of partners – financial,
    governmental, non-profit, community, technological,
    construction, design, etc. – are clarified and studied.
    Legal agreements are introduced.
    ARCH 560 Construction Ethics
    Ethical issues of development are introduced and studied including real estate law, contracts, immediate and
    long-term environmental and planning issues, and ethical and legal responsibilities of the architect/developer.
    Spring 1 Semester
    ARCH 585 Thesis Project Research Studio
    Alternative proposals for the appropriate development
    of an identified site are explored and developed. Pro
    form as are prepared for each proposal to establish a
    means by which to evaluate and identify the proposal to
    develop further.
    ARCH 511 Economics and Market Analysis II
    The study of financial analysis and economic factors
    affecting real estate business plans is continued along
    with the components of development proposals including
    financing, scheduling, project management, property
    management, sales, leasing and marketing. Students
    develop a business plan to accompany their thesis
    proposal.
    ARCH 521 Ethics, Legal Issues, and Insurance
    The study of the architect’s role in real estate development
    and their place in urban planning are continued
    along with the study of macroeconomics, analysis
    of economic factors affecting real estate supply and demand, market cycles, theory of land markets, and the impact of demographics and technological advances on markets. The series of lectures and one-day workshops with leaders in real estate development, economics,
    architecture, and urban planning is continued.
    ARCH 531 Construction Cost Estimating II
    The study of the conceptual and preliminary methods
    for cost estimating is continued.
    ARCH 541 Accounting and Management
    Micro and macro political environments and their roles
    in the success or failure of development are continued
    including local, national and international issues
    impacting real estate development, and development as
    a political activity.
    ARCH 551 Opportunities and Partnering
    The study of appropriate development opportunities
    and resources in the public and private sectors is continued, including the establishment of mutually beneficial partnerships, and the roles played by different kinds of partners. The study of legal agreements continues.
    ARCH 561 Construction and Ethics II
    The study of ethical issues of development is continued,
    including real estate law, contracts, immediate and long term environmental and planning issues, and ethical and
    legal responsibilities of the architect/developer.
    Summer 1 Semester
    ARCH 590 Thesis Project Development Studio
    The best of the spring semester alternatives is designed and developed into a full-fledged, professional prospectus
    for real estate development on the identified site.
    Participation in two mid-term weekend reviews with the thesis advisory panel is mandatory. Completion of thesis is on the acceptance of the prospectus.

    • My education at Woodbury School of Architecture, San Diego, was diverse and valuable. Talented and passionate professors provided not only the necessary technical skills and information, but also provided examples of excellence in the profession.

      Cesar Fabela

      BArch 2007
    • [Woodbury] was a place to try new things, go out on a limb and take a chance. I learned that good design requires a look beyond the obvious to see the possibilities that would otherwise be overlooked

      Yvonne St. Pierre

      BArch 2004