Student Organizations

International Development Club


International Development Club is a Forum to Gain the Competitive Edge in Global Real Estate Markets through:
Exploring the inside track into companies with International leverage and their expectations for new hires as well as prospective investors (both local and abroad).
Understanding investment strategies and gaining industry insight from US companies looking to attract foreign investors and/or operating in foreign markets as well as foreign investors looking to invest and/or operate in US markets.
Creating discussion around current industry trends in International Development, major factors that affect Global Investment, how these factors vary within different markets, and how developers can/have capitalized.

Contact: Joel Patterson

Joel Patterson earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University and has five years experience as a Real Estate Development Consultant. His areas of expertise include pre-development coordination, project and construction management, playground design, nonprofit financing, and multi-family affordable housing for special needs populations. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and volunteering in his local community.

Women in RED


The Women in RED Club aims to encourage female leadership in the field of Real Estate Development by providing a forum for the discussion and exploration of issues relevant to women in the workplace. Through guest speakers and off-campus networking events we interface with a wide variety of professionals to encourage frank discussions about the challenges and opportunities for women in the industry. We invite both men and women to join in the discussion.

Contact: Sabrina Barker


Sabrina Barker is currently pursuing a dual degree in both Architecture and Real Estate Development. Prior to beginning her studies, Sabrina worked for two years at Weinstein A|U, an architecture and urban planning firm in Seattle, where she was part of the team to update the Seattle Design Guidelines. She also has two years of experience as a girl's education volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa, where she developed teaching tools and training programs for use in the field. Her current interests include urban infill and retrofit, affordable housing, and sustainable development.

The Real Estate Development (RED) Club


The Real Estate Development (RED) Club is platform for students aspiring to become Real Estate Developers that fosters academic collaboration and professional exchanges within the industry at large. Collectively we aim to expand our knowledge of development through internal presentations among classmates, conversation with professionals, site visits of existing project, office tours and participation in case competitions. Comprehensively, this has become a catalyst for discussion that enables our group to formulate a deeper understanding about a particular location, trend or opportunity. Our club reaches out to professionals within greater New York City as well as throughout the world. We are focused on in-depth discussions with professionals that can cover the means and methods that they use in practice. This is an integrated process that involves multiple iterations as a way to continually grow and expand our knowledge and understanding of the development processes

Contacts: Max Miller and Rob Sanna

Max Miller - msm2219@Columbia.edu
Rob Sanna- rjs2212@Columbia.edu
Prior to enrolling at Columbia, Maxwell Miller worked in Construction Management at JRB, Inc. where he coordinated a range of projects from the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, to a private Airplane Hangar and Office Building. Maxwell was also employed at SPF:architects where he helped manage on the $300 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Annenburg Center in Beverly Hills, among other projects. Maxwell holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

Prior to enrolling at Columbia, Rob Sanna was employed with Kasirer Consulting – New York City's top-ranked government and public affairs firm. Rob has worked on some of the most complex and high-profile real estate approvals projects including the $2 billion applied science campus project being built on Roosevelt Island being built by Cornell University and The Technion Institute of Israel; Brookfield Properties' $4.5 billion multi-use development known as Manhattan West; and a 10-tower, 22 acre development on the former industrial waterfront in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, among others. Rob also holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond.

Real Estate in Emerging and Frontier Markets Club


The Real Estate in Emerging and Frontier Markets Club, or RE@EFM is a student-led initiative in the Real Estate Development program at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). We provide a forum for graduate students interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities that surround real estate development and investment in emerging and frontier markets. We will be organizing a series of guest lecture, discussion sessions, and social events, as well as sharing articles, research projects and case studies. Ultimately our goal is to enhance our understanding of these issues and better prepare ourselves for careers investing in, advising on or developing real estate in emerging and frontier markets.
Club website: http://emergingandfrontierrealestate.wordpress.com

Contact: Frederique Siegel

Frederique Siegel has 5 years' experience as an urban planner in the US, UK, Germany and Haiti. Her areas of expertise are transit-oriented development, sustainable urban planning/design, post-disaster reconstruction, slum upgrading, land tenure regularization and stakeholder relations. She earned a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and an MA in Sustainable Urbanism from the University of Wales. In her spare time she enjoys exploring and writing about great places, and experimenting in the kitchen.

RE Tech + Innovation


The Tech + Innovation Club will explore emerging technologies and innovations in the real estate industry. Club meetings will be open source, discussion based sessions focusing on a specific technology or innovative business practice. The club will host guest speakers who can share real world real world anecdotes and insights into the topics discussed.

David Gross and Cat Liu

contact: David Gross

David Gross is an experienced financial services professional with a unique breadth of capital markets experience. David began his career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs before obtaining his MBA from NYU. David subsequently returned to Wall Street as a structured credit trader at Citigroup. During eight years at Citigroup, David obtained substantive experience across each major asset class – fixed income, equities, commodities and foreign exchange – and worked in each of Citigroup's primary liquidity hubs outside of New York – London, Singapore, Sydney. David is a Director at the Urban Finance Initiative. He received his BA from Cornell University.

Contact: Cat Liu

Cat Liu joins the MSRED class with experience as a Project Architect focused on the aviation industry in NYC. Projects included airline terminal expansions and luxury airline clubs at both LGA and JFK. She earned her BA in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and has recently completed the Architect Licensure exams for NY. To balance the work life, Cat is an avid crossfitter, cyclist, runner and often gives in to her wanderlust.

Private Equity Club


MANDATE: create a conducive environment where students and leaders from the real estate investment community have the opportunity to network and to exchange ideas.
OBJECTIVES: ensure that fellow students have a wider understanding of the real estate finance industry and have better access to career opportunities.
Contacts: Laurie Mathers and Seth Turner
Laurie Mathers is a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs, with 7 years experience covering homebuilder, developer and global building material stocks. While forecasting the US construction cycle was his primary focus, he analyzed construction activity in over 50 countries and was the lead analyst of a $1.5bn IPO. Laurie participates in Ironman events across the US and has cycled 1,272 miles unsupported across Vietnam raising >$2,000 for charity. He currently volunteers with ichallengemyself, a non-profit that works with high potential students from NY public high schools. Laurie completed his B.Sc. in International Management at Manchester University (UK) and the National University of Singapore, via scholarship.

Contact: Seth Turner

Seth Turner is a 2015 candidate for Columbia University's Master of Science in Real Estate Development program. He completed his undergraduate degree [Bachelor of Architecture] with Summa Cum Laude distinction in 2013. After graduating, Seth spent 3 months working for AEDAS in Singapore before moving to New York City to pursue his master's degree in architecture. In the summer of 2014, Seth discovered his passion for the real estate development industry and has now transitioned into Columbia's MS.RED intensive program.

MSRED Tennis Club


MSRED Tennis Club has over 20 members of the Columbia University MSRED class of 2015. The Club hosts regular tennis session weekly with free lessons for the beginners. The Club welcomes all levels of tennis players.

Contact: Seung Hyun Kim

Seung Hyun Kim has been working in "Dubai Eye" project as Project Developer at Starneth. He has fulfilled full project development cycle from deal sourcing to closing EPC contract. He is also a tennis enthusiast. Prior to Columbia University MSRED Tennis Club, Seung Hyun Kim served as the Captain of Korea University Tennis Club and led the team to various National Championships in Korea.

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