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UVA Center for Real Estate and the Built Environment

Established in 2021 and administrated by the McIntire School of Commerce, the Center is a pan-University organization working in service of students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners across Grounds. The mission of the Center is to enhance the quality of the built environment and our understanding of its influence on all aspects of our lives through discovery and debate relating to the art and science of real estate.

The vision of the Center is to be a globally preeminent academic real estate center recognized for supporting the University’s real estate academic programs and serving as the pan-University hub for real estate activity across Grounds; creating extracurricular programs that prioritize students; enhancing their preparation to lead, learn, and serve; enabling and sharing research that enriches lives and improves market functionality and policymaking; and cultivating a vibrant community of students, researchers, alumni, and industry partners who gather regularly for applied and shared learning.

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Student Support

The Center supports UVA's world-class graduate and undergraduate real estate academic programs and clubs across Grounds.

Alumni & Industry Engagement

The Center promotes lifelong learning and meaningful engagement with our industry and alumni partners through programs and events on Grounds and around the world.


Supporting research with a range of tools, our faculty are engaging important questions and developing creative solutions with leading scholars in finance, design, engineering, law, history, and other related disciplines.

Be a Part of the Center's History

McIntire is proud to be the home of the Center for Real Estate and the Built Environment, which will amplify and enhance real estate programming, research, and engagement efforts across Grounds and throughout our robust alumni community.

Gifts of $250,000 or more will be recognized in the Center's forthcoming physical space.

Interested in making a gift to help us reach our $20 million endowment goal? Please contact:

  • Lori Brookins, Senior Principal Gifts Officer (University Advancement), +1 434-924-0917
  • Alex Fritz, Associate Vice President for Development (College of Arts & Sciences), +1 540-605-0079 
  • Kristen Grams, Director of Individual Giving (School of Architecture), +1 434-243-2098 
  • Katie Whittier, Associate Dean for Advancement (McIntire), +1 434-924-3394 
  • Whitney Wilson, Senior Director (Darden School of Business), +1 434-924-0706
Help the Center Grow


$15.96M of $20M goal

As of March 13, 2023

"Through the incredible generosity of Robert M. White Jr. and with our talented partners across Grounds, the Center will enhance the real estate experience at UVA, supporting cross-disciplinary academic programs, investing in research across related disciplines, supporting student clubs, and creating opportunities for engagement. Given the importance of real estate markets and the built environment to both science and society, the Center will help its stakeholders to meet the increasingly complex challenges of tomorrow."

Drew Sanderford

Robert M. White Jr. Bicentennial Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance