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2015 Real Estate Symposium Highlights

Photo: 2015 RE Symposium

Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, delivered the keynote address at the 8th Annual Real Estate Symposium on December 15, 2015 at the Columbia Club of New York. Hosted by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and the Real Estate Circle of Columbia Business School, this alumni-only educational forum provided an immersive day of insightful dialogue between an accomplished array of industry leaders. Wide-ranging discussions on topics of importance, such as high-profile transactions, trends, and challenges marked the day, along with networking opportunities of the highest caliber. See photos from the sold out event.

Photo: Barry Sternlicht keynote addressAddressing a packed auditorium of industry professionals, faculty, and alumni of Columbia Business School, Barry S. Sternlicht offered his thoughts on the macroeconomic investment climate and its relationship to the current state of the real estate market. Read the Report.


Breakout Panel: How Long Can This Real Estate Cycle Last?

Photo: How Long Can This Real Estate Cycle Last? David Sherman 82 of Metropolitan Real Estate moderated a panel of four distinguished real estate professionals with the goal of unpacking a simple question with a complicated answer: how long can this commercial real estate cycle last? Panelists Dean Adler of Lubert-Adler Partners, Linda Assante of Jasper Ridge Partners, and Darcy Stacom of CBRE debated what a real estate cycle means and more hot topics in this discussion. Read the Report.

Breakout Panel: Trends in Development

Photo: Trends in DevelopmentThe panel, moderated by Paul Pariser 78 of Taconic Investment Partners, delved into the current state of New York's aging office inventory, investment in the development of modern New York office, and structuring workspaces around talent. Panelists included MaryAnne Gilmartin of Forest City Ratner Companies and Seth Pinsky CC93 of RXR Realty.  Read the Report.

Breakout Panel: Emerging Real Estate Uses and Market Disrupters

Photo: Market DisruptersNancy Lashine 81 of Park Madison Partners moderated a panel of three visionaries whose companies are cultivating change within the commercial and residential real estate markets. The discussion, which included Joshua Abram of NeueHouse, Robert Reffkin 03 of Compass, and William Rudin of Rudin Management, focused on how companies have adapted to market trends, both disrupting and invigorating the real estate space.  Read the Report.

Closing Address: A Fireside Chat with Tom Barrack

Photo: Closing AddressThomas J. Barrack, Founder and Executive Chairman of Colony Capital, sat down with Professor Lynne B. Sagalyn to round out the program with a fireside chat. Topics discussed included a macro view of the current market and public-private arbitrage and closed with questions regarding the role of the hotel operator and the perceived disrupters in the hospitality industry.  Read the Report.  

Classroom View: Zona Rosa Wins Real Estate Project Class Competition

Students in this year’s Real Estate Project Class—taught by Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew C. Jacobs ’96—worked diligently all semester in preparation for the Alexander Bodini Foundation Prize Competition held at Columbia Business School on December 9, 2015. Competition was stiff, but MBA students Nikhil Chaudhri ’16, Taylor Ott ’16 and Aradhna Taneja ’16 ended up winning first place. Read the Report.

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