Mission Statement

ASPIRE is a new student organization associated with the alumni club Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE).

ASPIRE serves as the go-to organization for students interested in real estate, place-making, and the built environment. It aims to span all departments and degree programs across campus, and to connect current students with SPIRE’s expansive alumni network. ASPIRE provides a forum for future place-makers to develop their skills through on-campus workshops and speaker talks, through off-campus site visits and events, and through networking and career-placement opportunities.

ASPIRE provides variable and responsive programming for a wide range of interests related to the built environment, so whether you you want to craft government policy to address the housing crisis and structural environmental sustainability, or you want to become the next big real estate tycoon, building the cities of tomorrow, ASPIRE is the club for you!

Our membership platform is free and flexible, in that registering will put you on our mailing list so that you can find out about relevant opportunities and entitle you to register for our events, but it entails no required meetings or obligations on your time.  So please do register, and we hope to see you at an event soon.


SPIRE Member Directory: as a student member of SPIRE (sign up for a complimentary student membership here), you can search through our +2,300 members by company, industry, region, etc.

Stanford Alumni Association Directory: students may sign up with a special offer and receive access to the Stanford Alumni Association's (SAA) extensive directory. Using the Advance Search options, you can search for Alumni in real estate using an expansive array of attributes, such as year, degree, geography, industry, and even interest/skills. For example, you can search with ease for any Alumni within California who graduated between 2000-2010  and who work with in the "Real Estate - Finance" industry. Simply click the "Find an Alum" button in the header of any SAA page, and click the Advance Search function to browse the attributes you wish to select.

Leadership Team

Jason Lopata, President

Jason Lopata is a member of the undergraduate Class of 2017 whose course of study focuses on the interplay between economic and political forces and their historical impact on the built environment.  Jason is enthusiastic about the real estate industry, especially by the sorts of mixed-use, large-scale developments that can be described as 'creating a whole greater than the sum of their parts.'  Over the past few summers, Jason has worked with the land-use consultancy Craig Lawson & Co.

Emmanuel Assa, Board Member

Emmanuel Assa is currently a Coterminal student in the class of 2018, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters' in Management Science and Engineering. He's currently attempting to find ways to combine environmental technology, affordability, and financial viability to create vibrant long-term housing communities in the Bay Area and beyond. A North Carolina native, Emmanuel is also interested in the dichotomies of urban and rural communities and how each require nuanced housing solutions.

Moom Janyaprasert, Board Member

Moom is currently studying Architectural Design at Stanford University. Before coming to the US, he won a full-ride King’s Scholarship awarded to top 9 students in Thailand to pursue undergraduate study abroad. His interest has been in real estate development and finance since high school. He is also working for the Parkmerced Development Team at Maximus Real Estate Partners in San Francisco.

Marco Lorenzon, Board Member

Marco Lorenzon (‘20) is an Economics major with an interest in finance and market design. He is interested in housing development in the Bay Area, and how technology can be applied to the real estate world to increase access in thick markets. On campus, Marco is involved with Stanford Consulting, Stanford Finance, and The Charles R. Blyth Fund. In his free time, Marco enjoys experimenting with food, playing tennis, skiing, and traveling.

Olivia Martin, Board Member

Olivia Martin is a sophomore ('19) planning to study Public Policy and History. She is interested in Bay Area housing policy and using real estate and placemaking as forces of positive change in communities. She is especially excited about the ways in which the tech industry can collaborate with the world of real estate to provide innovative solutions to complex problems. Olivia is also on the Board of Directors of Stanford in Government and interned at the California Department of Education last summer.

Minh Nguyen, Board Member

Minh Nguyen is an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, and a member of the undergraduate class of 2020. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Engineering, a major that will prepare him to plan, design, and implement complex economic and technological management systems.

Terence Zhao, Board Member

Terence Zhao ('19) is an Urban Studies major with a particular interest in urban housing policy and urban design. He is especially interested in leveraging policy as well as design and placemaking practices to build socially sustainable places and communities. Terence has sat on the Board of Directors of Stanford in Government (SIG), and also writes for the Stanford Daily. Over the past few years, he has done urban sustainability research with Disney and worked for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Anthony Ling, Graduate School of Business Liaison

Anthony Ling is a MBA'18 candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he co-leads the GSB Real Estate Club. He is a Brazilian architect and urban planner and founded Caos Planejado, an online opinion publication on urban issues. He has recently published “Guia de Gestão Urbana”, an urban policy guide for Brazilian cities

Yingqi Wang, Department of Engineering Liaison

Yingqi Wang is the engineering student liaison of SPIRE and a board member of ASPIRE. Yingqi studied construction management in Tsinghua University (China) before he became a M.S. student in Sustainable Design & Construction Program in the CEE department. His major focus is construction management but with huge interest in both construction and real estate, Yingqi enjoys learning about every phase of a building/infrastructure’s lifecycle, such as pre-construction, project controls and real estate investment/development.  In his free time, Yingqi enjoys reading and basketball.

Past Events

Students: Conversation with Urban Studies Lecturer Mark Wolfe ('89)

On Wednesday, May 24, ASPIRE members engaged in a lunch talk with Mark Wolfe ('89), a land-use attorney and lecturer in Stanford's Urban Studies program, on the subject of bid-rent theory and urban land markets.  The topics discussed in this conversation are central to the understanding of issues such as gentrification, business location decisions, and adaptive reuse, so ASPIRE members are very fortunate to be able to learn about such an important topic.

On Campus: SPIRE Mentors & Mentees Gather at Kick-Off Event for 2017 Mentorship Program

On Thursday, January 19th, SPIRE hosted the “Mentor Program Kick-Off”, an event for the 2017 session of the SPIRE Mentor Program. Over 30 Stanford students and alumni attended the event held at the GSB Common within the Schwab Residential Center.  Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird (’91), SPIRE Executive Director welcomed everyone to the evening with a brief overview of SPIRE and the successful Mentor program.

Students: ASPIRE Kick-Off

This year, SPIRE launched its student chapter, ASPIRE, under the leadership of Jason Lopata (‘17) and Olivia Martin ('19), who hosted ASPIRE's Kick-off meeting o

Students: Dinner and Conversation with Mark MacDonald ('93, MS '07)

On February 15, 2017, SREC member Mark MacDonald ('93, MS '07) hosted a small group of ASPIRE members and other Stanford students for an intimate conversation about the real estate business at his firm, DM Development, in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. 

Students: ASPIRE Housing Panel

On Thursday night, March 16, ASPIRE hosted a housing panel, co-sponsored with Stanford in Government (SIG), to discuss the housing challenges facing the Bay Area and other metropolitan regions around the world.

On Campus: SPIRE Mentors & Mentees Gather to Wrap Up the 2017 Mentorship Program

On Thursday, June 1, SPIRE hosted “Spring 2017 Mentorship Wrap Up Celebration", an event to conclude the 2017 session of the SPIRE mentor program. Nearly 20 Stanford students and alumni attended the event held outside at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, "GSB Bowl", for a casual outdoor picnic and conversation. This was a great showing considering it conflicted with timing on Game #1 of the NBA Finals! Graduating students shared their professional and personal post-graduation plans.

Students: The Impact of Tech Innovation on the Built Environment

ASPIRE hosted real estate industry expert and SPIRE Board Member Stephen Roulac (PhD '78) for a dinner-time conversation on Thursday, May 4.  The topic of discussion was the means through which technological advancements are having an impact on property markets and business practices.

Students: Tour of NVIDIA's New Santa Clara Campus

ASPIRE students had the opportunity to visit the construction site of the new NVIDIA Headquarters in Santa Clara, a tour generously hosted by Meris Ota (MS '04) and Jeff Birdwell ('82, MS '83) of Sares Regis, and John O'Brien of NVIDIA.  The project is in its finishing stages of development, so attendees witnessed some of the finishing touches to the project being executed, saw furniture being brought into the building, and heard from the developers about some of the challenges and triumphs of delivering such a large project.