Josh Panknin

Josh has spent 11 years in various roles in real estate and financial services, including research, acquisitions, consulting on redevelopment in Mississippi and Alabama in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and finally in commercial real estate finance in New York City. Josh’s last role in financial services was at the CMBS (Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities) trading desk at Deutsche Bank. After leaving Deutsche Bank, Josh began learning programming and technology development in order to better apply technology to the financial services and real estate industry with the intent of creating transformative solutions to an industry which has lagged in innovation.

Currently, Josh is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Columbia University’s MSRED program and Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for Urban Real Estate. His role is to spearhead the research and development of sophisticated technological applications for the commercial real estate industry by combining the world class faculty, staff, and students at Columbia University with individuals with high-level real estate industry experience. His initiatives include the MetaProp Pre-Accelerator at Columbia University, the MetaProp Accelerator at Columbia University, the MetaProp Ventures Fellows program providing Columbia University graduate students professional experience through access to working with real estate technology startups, and co-teaching with Zach Aarons of MetaProp the world’s first Hacking for Real Estate Technology class at Columbia University.

Josh is also an Adjunct Instructor at New York University teaching a class on Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities. Josh has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, a master’s in Finance from San Diego State University, and a master’s in Real Estate Finance from New York University.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6730‑1 Spring 2018
PropTech: Leading the Next Revolution in the Built World
Josh Panknin, Zachary Aarons
200 South Fayerweather
W 2 PM - 4 PM
Full Semester
3 Points