The development of urban real estate is one of the most powerful forces shaping our buildings, cities, and metropolitan regions. From finance to design, the choices we make about what to build, where to build, and how to build influence urban sustainability, equity, and resilience -- today and for years to come.

Our rapidly urbanizing world faces major challenges, ranging from climate change to social inequality. We need real estate professionals who have a deep knowledge of how development can bring positive benefits to society and the environment, and who understand the power of design to make cities efficient, livable, distinctive, and valued.

The Nancy and Douglas Abbey Master of Real Estate Development + Design (Abbey MRED+D) is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares real estate development professionals to build sustainable, equitable, and prosperous cities.

The curriculum covers the fundamentals that real estate developers need to know -- real estate finance, real estate economics and market analysis, land use law and approvals, project feasibility analysis, and the details of the urban development process -- but we include "design" in the degree's name for a reason. The Abbey MRED+D program goes beyond tradition, linking real estate to the world of design based on two convictions: One is that successful real estate development requires excellence in urban design, planning, and sustainability. The other is that design thinking -- the iterative process of problem finding, prototyping solutions, and iterative critique -- is fundamental to producing the most valued and valuable real estate projects. With a strong understanding of how good design adds value to development projects, our graduates emerge with the tools and mindset to use real estate development to solve the grand challenges of our time and positively impact communities in which they build.