UVA Center for Real Estate and the Built Environment

The Center exists to build bridges and to support the exchange of knowledge about real estate and the built environment. Established in 2021, the Center creates and supports collaborative and cross-Grounds programming for its stakeholders that promote new understanding of real estate markets and their connections to society through the built environment. Endeavoring to enhance the real estate experience at UVA for students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners, it pursues its mission through academic program support, research, and outreach.

Academic Program Support

The Center strives to create cross-disciplinary programming that supports the existing graduate and undergraduate real estate academic programs across Grounds. It also seeks to support student club programming through connections with alumni and industry partners. Helping all to imagine and implement a better built environment and related markets, the Center is a hub for real estate-related academic engagement at UVA.


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.


The Center engages a committed, diverse, and talented array of alumni, industry practitioners, and policy-makers to connect their expertise with academic opportunities. Promoting lifelong learning and aiming to help transform the markets of tomorrow, the Center hosts events in Charlottesville and around the world.

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.

We are honored to recognize the inaugural contributors to the Center:

J. Scott Adams and Monique S. Adams
Bicentennial Professorship in honor of James W. Todd

Cheryl Thompson Byron and Robert G. Byron
Rob and Kristen Harper
Thomas J. Hofheimer
Anne R. Haley Howerton and David P. Howerton
George L. Maloomian
Pension Real Estate Association
Weinstein Properties
Robert M. White Jr.

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

Join Us

Interested in making a gift to help us reach our $20 million endowment goal? Please contact Associate Dean for Advancement Katie Whittier.



$15.96M of $20M goal

As of Aug. 1, 2022

"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