Aref H. Lahham: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Design

On the evening of October 20th, 2016, the Baker Program in Real Estate hosted Aref H. Lahham of Orion Capital Managers for the weekly Distinguished Speaker Series. Aref was the first internationally based speaker to attend the event this semester. Headquartered in London, Orion Capital Partners has offices and develops in all major European markets.… Continue Reading Aref H. Lahham: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Design

New Luxury Condos in a Historic Landmark: Converting the Waldorf Astoria

For nearly a century, the Waldorf-Astoria has been the definition of luxury hospitality in New York City. Its lavish suites and ornate Art Deco architecture have made the hotel a longtime favorite of celebrities and U.S. Presidents. Very soon, this landmark building will begin a new chapter in its famed history, as a new owner has plans… Continue Reading New Luxury Condos in a Historic Landmark: Converting the Waldorf Astoria

CREC Conference NYC Chapter: Looking Backward to Lead Forward – Caitlin Elliott

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the Cornell Real Estate Council (CREC), New York City Chapter congregated at the offices of First American Title for a panel discussion: Looking Backward to Lead Forward. Moderated by CREC-NYC Executive Board Member, Firas Turkmani (SHA ’14 and Associate at Ackman-Ziff), the Cornell community experienced a lively discussion on the current market… Continue Reading CREC Conference NYC Chapter: Looking Backward to Lead Forward – Caitlin Elliott

Perspectives On Timber’s Re-Emergence as a Building Material

Public attention toward urban development naturally gravitates toward the tallest, biggest, and most prominent new fixtures in a city’s skyline.  However, equally as important, and certainly just as revered within real estate circles, are the new buildings that break new ground in their design, layout, and especially the materials with which they are constructed.   As… Continue Reading Perspectives On Timber’s Re-Emergence as a Building Material

A Total Work of Art: Baker Program’s Inaugural Trip to Vancouver, Part Three

Buildings are not supposed to look like Vancouver House – they are supposed to be larger at their base than at their top, not the other way around, and they are supposed to have a “regular” form, not one that evolves over the height of the building. For followers of the Westbank Corporation, this atypical building… Continue Reading A Total Work of Art: Baker Program’s Inaugural Trip to Vancouver, Part Three

Railyard Rust to Glass & Steel: Baker Program’s Inaugural Trip to Vancouver, Part Two

“Why is Vancouver here?” Six-term Vancouver City Council Member Gordon Price queries the group of assembled Baker Real Estate students.  The group pauses, then a few hands raise. “Forestry?” “Fishing?” “Shipping?”  Bingo. Price perks up: “What does Vancouver have?” A natural deep water port. One of only a handful along the entire west coast of the Americas.… Continue Reading Railyard Rust to Glass & Steel: Baker Program’s Inaugural Trip to Vancouver, Part Two

Redeveloping the CBD: Christchurch 5 Years After the Earthquake

At 12:51 PM on February 22, 2011, Christchurch (ChCh), NZ was struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake emanating from a previously unknown, nearby fault. Within seconds 185 people were killed and the Anglican cathedral that was the symbol of the city was destroyed. While the majority of the fatalities were caused by the collapse of two… Continue Reading Redeveloping the CBD: Christchurch 5 Years After the Earthquake

Developer Plans Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper

As a borough, Brooklyn has long been staunchly proud of its uniqueness within the metropolis of New York City.  Being a borough where individuals have historically lived rather than worked, tall buildings (200+ feet), while they are found in areas such as Downtown Brooklyn, have never been constructed on anywhere near the scale as that… Continue Reading Developer Plans Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper