Recent Events

Student Team: Cornell International Real Estate Competition

One of SPIRE’s primary goals is to support Stanford students in exposing themselves to the fields of real estate, place making and the built environment. With SPIRE’s assistance, for the first time, Stanford sent a student team to compete in the 8th Annual Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition in New York in November. A team of five enterprising undergraduate students pushed themselves to compete in an intensive five-day undertaking, culminating in a full day of presentations. 

On Campus: 2016 SREC Conference

The 6th annual SREC Conference represented the largest assembly of SREC members and most diverse programming yet. Over 80 senior executives in the industry heard from professors and leading industry experts while engaging in substantive conversation with their colleagues. This year’s conference was held on November 5 at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford Law School. The program focused on core real estate industry topics, macro-economics and the upcoming federal election.   

Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame: Henry Segerstrom (’46, MBA ’48)

Southern California icon and 2012 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee Henry Segerstrom ('46, MBA ’48) built C.J. Segerstrom and Sons into a real estate development and management firm anchored by the world renowned 2.8 million sf shopping center South Coast Plaza, and over 2 million square feet of office and commercial space. Mr.

NY: The Beekman Hotel & Residences

On Wednesday, November 30th, SPIRE Members toured The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, and The Beekman Luxury condo residences.  Recently renovated, this masterpiece has been rediscovered within the majestic walls of one of New York City’s most exceptional landmarks. Following the tour, members enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Kelly Room at the hotel.

LA: Eighth and Grand Tour

Southern California SPIRE recently toured Carmel Partner’s new development, Eighth & Grand. Located in what used to be known as simply “Downtown” (now DTLA), the area is now popular with those drawn to the area’s burgeoning art scene and nightlife hot spots. With a 41,000 square foot Whole Foods on the ground level, and incredible walls of glass, Eighth & Grand blends in naturally with the neighborhood’s stylish look and feel.

SF: ReGen Villages & James Ehrlich, Stanford University Entrepreneur in Residence

Northern California SPIRE members gathered on Wednesday, October 5th in San Francisco for an evening with James Ehrlich (Stanford University Entrepreneur in Residence) of RegenVillages. ReGenVillages is a spin-off company of Stanford, which is currently working on a pilot development of 25 homes in Almere, Netherlands.   The goal of the community is to integrate local energy production (using biogas, solar, geothermal, and other modalities), intensive food production methods (vertical farming, aquaponics and aeroponics,

Stanford: Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet

On Friday, November 4th, at the 2016 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet, SPIRE honored T. Robert “Bob” Burke (’64, JD ‘67) and Samuel K. Freshman (’54, JD ’56) for their contributions to the real estate industry and Stanford. Over 220 family members, friends, alumni and students celebrated these two outstanding men and the three pillars of SPIRE – alumni networking, student outreach and educational program development.

LA: Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

The 2016 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held on Wednesday, October 21st at the California Club in Los Angeles.  T. Robert “Bob” Burke (‘64, JD ‘67) and Samuel K. Freshman (’54, JD ’56) were honored for their distinguished careers in the real estate industry. Both men have had incredibly long careers in the industry, started their own firms and dedicated time and resources to Stanford University. The 200 Stanford alumni, friends and family were treated to a dinner and program that highlighted the honorees’ inspirational careers.

New York: Hudson Yards Tour

On Tuesday June 14th, SPIRE members in New York had the opportunity to join Andrew Rosen (’02) and Andrew Cantor (MBA ’08) of Related Companies for a tour of the Hudson Yards project.   Bounded by 30th Street, 34th Street, Tenth Avenue and Twelfth Avenue, Hudson Yards, developed by Related and Oxford Properties Group, is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States.

Stanford: University Architect David Lenox

On Tuesday, May 10th, SPIRE members and Stanford students gathered at Vidalakis Dining Center to hear from David Lenox, University Architect and Executive Director, Campus Planning & Design. Dave was introduced by Matthew Tiews (AM ’99, PhD ’04), Associate Dean for the Advancement of the Arts.