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Distinguished Speaker Series: John T. Livingston, Chief Executive and co-founder of AECOM Capital

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Tiya Jain

Tiya Jain is a Baker Program in Real Estate graduate student. Prior to Baker she completed her chartered accountancy course in India (Equivalent to the CPA) and has 6 years of post-qualification experience with multinationals such as Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte etc. Her last position at Deloitte involved advising large developers and private equity funds on funding, structuring and cost saving transactions in line with the local laws and regulations. Prior to Deloitte, she helped Aldia Capital, a boutique investment advisor in India, set up base in Mumbai. She was responsible for creating trusting relationships with the local real estate developers for the firm to secure $100 mm mandates. Tiya also strengthened local banking and financial relationships to the firm to tie up both ends of the deal making process. She is also interested in sustainable energy solutions, solar technology and she implemented the same for 3 housing societies in her neighborhood in Mumbai to cut energy costs by 25%. At Cornell, Tiya is the VP of Events for the Cornell Real Estate Women’s club that looks at leveraging opportunities for professional growth for women and eliminating the gender differences in the real estate industry. Tiya is also a Junior editor for the Cornell Review. The assignment involves contributing high quality research articles for the Cornell yearly journal and also interviewing real estate industry leaders who speak at the Distinguished Speaker Series. She enjoys playing Sudoku and practicing eastern philosophies such as yoga and meditation in her free time. Post Baker she would like to work in real estate investments and finance.


The Baker Program in Real Estate welcomes Mr. John T. Livingston, CEO of AECOM Capital, to this week’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Since its formation in 2013, AECOM Capital has invested in 14 projects with a total development value of 3.5 billion dollars.

AECOM Capital is a subsidiary of AECOM (NYSE: ACM) a fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm with the ability to design, finance, build, and operate infrastructure assets globally. With connections throughout the industry, AECOM Capital uses their connections to garner unique access to deal flow.  The ability to source deals, along with best in class due diligence, execution, and project delivery capabilities, allows AECOM Capital to differentiate themselves in a competitive environment.

As the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AECOM Capital, Livingston has spearheaded public-private partnerships, direct investment in real estate, and provided credit support to developers. Under his leadership, AECOM Capital has invested in the multiple asset classes, including: apartment complexes, mixed use development, hotels, bridges, water treatment plants, and courthouses. AECOM Capital targets high quality risk adjusted investments, and allocates capital to best utilize this approach.

The Morgan at Provost Square, Jersey City, NJ 


As such, AECOM Capital generally targets investments in the $10-$30 million dollar range, alongside an operating partner. They generally invest in core markets, which for them include the top 15 gateway cities in the United States, as well as London and Manchester in the UK. Throughout these areas, Livingston has partnered with world class developers such as Toll Brothers, Rockefeller Development Group, Mack Real Estate Group and Lowe Enterprises.  He is responsible for deal development, execution, and managing the fund to optimize investments.

As an avid investor, Livingston has had a storied career with previous roles as the President of Tishman Construction Corporation as well as the President of Tishman Urban Development Corporation. In 2010, Tishman Construction was acquired by AECOM for $245 million, and Livingston was named Chief Executive of AECOM’s Construction Services business line.

Prior to joining AECOM, Livingston was named by Crain’s New York magazine as one of its “40 Under 40” award recipients for outstanding business achievement in 1993. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

One World Trade Center


We look forward to learning from Livingston’s rich professional experience in real estate construction, development, and private equity investment. His broad experience across asset classes and roles will undoubtedly give a unique perspective to the students f the Baker Program.

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