Real Estate Development + Design

Curriculum

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“UC Berkeley’s Masters of Real Estate Development and Design is just what the real estate and infrastructure industries need to re-train existing participants and put emerging industry leaders on the right track。” ​

Christopher B. Leinberger, Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor of Urban Real Estate & Chair, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, George Washington University

Overview

The MRED+D program at UC Berkeley is a summer start degree, starting in mid-June. Students complete a pre-program "bootcamp week" and pre-fall "mini bootcamp" workshops plus take a total of 30 units of core courses and at least 3 units of electives* to meet a minimum of 33 units spread out over the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

*Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 units of electives but may take up to 11 units of electives (no additional charge), allowing students to customize their program.

Required Courses

  • RDEV 200: Sustainable Building Systems + Construction (2)
  • RDEV 205: Equitable + Inclusive Development (1)
  • RDEV 209: Integrated Development, Architecture + Urbanism (3)
  • RDEV 210: Real Estate Economics + Market Analysis (3)
  • RDEV 220: Real Estate Development Finance (3)
  • RDEV 225: Advanced Real Estate Finance (2)
  • RDEV 230: Public-Private Partnerships, Strategies + Tools (2)
  • RDEV 240: Professional Practice of Real Estate Development (3)
  • RDEV 250: Land Development Law + Regulations (3)
  • RDEV 270: Development + Design Studio (5)
  • RDEV 277: Resilience + Urban Development (3)
  • RDEV 280: Capstone Project (2)
  • RDEV 290: Preparing for Practice (1)

This list is subject to change.

Sample Student Program

Below is a sample student program. Programs may vary according to minor changes in course offerings and scheduling over time. 

Summer:
  • Pre-Program Bootcamp Week
  • RDEV 200: Sustainable Building Systems + Construction (2)
  • RDEV 205: Equitable + Inclusive Development (1)
  • RDEV 209: Integrated Development, Architecture + Urbanism (3)
  • RDEV 210: Real Estate Economics + Market Analysis (3)
Fall:
  • Pre-Semester Mini-Bootcamp
  • RDEV 220: Real Estate Development Finance (3)
  • RDEV 230: Public-Private Partnerships, Strategies + Tools (2)
  • RDEV 250: Land Development Law + Regulations (3)
  • RDEV 277: Resilience + Urban Development (3)
  • RDEV 290: Preparing for Practice (1)
  • Elective(s) (0-4)
Spring:
  • RDEV 225: Advanced Real Estate Finance (2)
  • RDEV 240: Professional Practice of Real Estate Development (3)
  • RDEV 270: Development + Design Studio (5)
  • RDEV 280: Capstone Project (2)
  • Elective(s) (0-4)

All students participate in a national Urban Land Institute Annual Fall Meeting, and complete a capstone project。 Capstone project topics are expected to vary in terms of product type, site/location, and focus; students select from one (or a combination) of options: (1) professional client, (2) independent research, (3) project case study, or (4) real estate development project。

Course Descriptions

RDEV 200: Sustainable Building Systems + Construction (2)

Introduction to materials, means, methods and vocabulary of construction for developers and owners。 Structural materials, building envelope, costs, labor conditions, conventional practices, and key regulatory factors shaping project design。 Practical understanding of reading construction drawings, construction sequencing, building materials, building systems, building code and the legal documents。 Relationship between feasibility, budget, design, function and risk。 Incorporating sustainable building systems and features。 

RDEV 205: Equitable + Inclusive Development (1)

Equitable and inclusive approaches to real estate development. Historical perspective of racial injustice in low-income communities of color, including gentrification and displacement. How real estate development can either ameliorate or exacerbate inequality and injustice in relation to race, class, ethnicity, and gender. Best practices and innovative new tools and strategies to ensure the benefits of new development are broadly shared with communities.

RDEV 209 Integrated Development, Architecture & Urbanism (3)

How development forces produce our streets, neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions. Focus on a critical understanding of development practices and their impact on urban form as well as the social, economic, cultural and environmental nature of cities through Case Studies. Introduction to site analysis, placemaking, urban design principles, building types and key design factors that influence building form, program and real estate development.

RDEV 210: Real Estate Economics + Market Analysis (3)

Fundamentals of real estate economics and market analysis. Factors in national, regional and local real estate markets that determine development needs and opportunities. Market factors, demographic trends, regulatory issues, affordable housing and social responsibility, as well as capital and real estate market cycles, supply/demand, and highest and best use analysis. Finding and analyzing data to create a market analysis for real estate development projects.

RDEV 220: Real Estate Development Finance (3)

Fundamentals of real estate development finance. Financial analysis skills and analytical tools for evaluating private and public development and investment in real estate, over all product types. Site selection, market analysis, financial feasibility, design and legal considerations, construction, lease-up, operations, and property sales. Decision-making scenarios to evaluate and assess development concepts and project viability. Funding sources for market rate and affordable development.

RDEV 225: Advanced Real Estate Finance (2)

捕鱼大作战Advanced real estate financial analysis, taxation, mortgages, leases, valuation, and capital markets. Securitization, corporate real estate management, leasebacks, risk management. Different forms of real estate asset ownership. Quantitative and analytics tools to value real estate assets, including discounted cash flow, comparable transaction, direct capitalization and residual methods. Financing commercial real estate, including REITs, Private Equity, and crowdfunding.

RDEV 230: Public-Private Partnerships, Strategies + Tools (2)

Case studies from projects across the nation, including affordable housing, economic development projects and transit oriented development projects. Focus on planning interventions and real estate deals with a public purpose. Tools, strategies and partnerships used to implement such projects as well as development financing such as ground leases with public agencies, tax increment funding, tax abatements, and other funding sources. Skills and knowledge to manage the complex and often competing agendas of parties involved in public-private partnerships in real estate development.

RDEV 240: Professional Practice of Real Estate Development (3) 

Fundamental practices in private, public, and non-profit real estate development。 Perspectives of project managers, investment specialists, bankers and lawyers, architects, planners, contractors and property managers representing companies from around the Bay Area following the life cycle/sequence of a real estate project。 Approaches to understanding and incorporating community perspectives。 Familiarity with professional work products, contracts, schedules and documents handled or produced by practitioners on a daily basis as course materials。

RDEV 250 Land Development Law + Regulations (3)

An advanced course in implementation of land use and environmental controls. The theory, practice and impacts of zoning, growth management, land banking, development systems, and other techniques of land use control. Objective is to acquaint student with a range of regulatory techniques and the legal, administrative-political equity aspects of their implementation.

RDEV 270 Development + Design Studio (5)

Studio focused on development analysis and project design for specific community clients. Emphasis on site planning and development, financial feasibility and funding sources, design strategies, public policy and community considerations. Collaborative team work with architecture graduate students, regular project critiques, and presentations to clients, real estate professionals, public officials, and nonprofit community organizations. Travel to study extraordinary projects and an in-studio team competition with prize.

RDEV 277 Resilience + Urban Development (3)

Methods for increasing urban sustainability and resilience through decentralized infrastructure design and appropriate development site design. Focus on urban runoff, flooding, water quality, and ecology. Comparative frameworks for urban infrastructure systems analysis, estimating rough project costs, quantitative skills in site and street design, and key international design adaptations for flooding and sea level rise.

RDEV 280: Capstone Project (2)

捕鱼大作战Individual or small group project involving research and analysis of a significant real estate project or development challenge。 Supervised by committee of faculty with support from development professionals。 

RDEV 290: Preparing for Practice (1)

Seminar to prepare students for their career paths by exposing them to the breath of career opportunities in the real estate industry through lecture and discussion, course work, and assigned reading.

Electives*

The MRED+D is a flexible degree that allows students to choose electives in almost any department at UC Berkeley that best fit their academic and career goals. Relevant elective courses identified are listed below. Descriptions can be found in the UC Berkeley Course Guide. In addition, students may petition to take electives not included on this list.

Housing & Urban Land Use
  • CY PLAN 207: Land and Housing Market Economics (3)
  • CY PLAN C213: Transportation and Land Use Planning (3)
  • CY PLAN 230: US Housing Planning and Policy (3)
The Development Process
  • CY PLAN 235: Methods of Project Analysis (3)
  • CY PLAN 298: Community Engagement for Planners and Developers (1)
  • LD ARCH 140: Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design (3)
  • LD ARCH C242: Citizen Involvement in the City Planning Process (3)
Sustainable Design + Construction
  • ARCH 160: Introduction to Construction (3)
  • ARCH 242: Sustainability Colloquium (1-2)
  • ARCH 243: Natural Cooling: Sustainable Design for a Warming Climate (3)**
  • LD ARCH C250: Theories of Urban Form and Design (3)
Real Estate in Developing Markets
  • CY PLAN 231: Housing in Developing Countries (3)
  • CY PLAN 219: Comparative International Topics in Transportation (3)
Finance + Investment
  • MBA 280: Real Estate Investment and Market Analysis (3)
  • MBA 283: Real Estate Finance and Securitization (3)
  • MBA 284: Real Estate Investment Strategy (3)
Real Estate Development + Law
  • ARCH 229A: Introduction to Construction Law (3)
  • CY PLAN 207: Introduction to Planning & Environmental Law (3)
  • LAW 226: Local Government Law (3)
  • LAW 257: Real Estate Transactions and Litigation (3)
  • LAW 271.2: Biodiversity Law (3)

*Students must follow external department registration procedures and enrollment is subject to space availability. Actual elective course offering varies year to year and is subject to change.
**Prerequisite may apply.

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