Recent Events

2017 Stanford Real Estate Council Wine Country Retreat

The Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC) enjoyed a weekend of beautiful weather in Healdsburg mixing real estate and fine wine. Over the weekend of April 28-30, SREC members had the opportunity to connect with one another over property tours, gourmet meals and wine tastings with multiple alumni vintners.

San Francisco: Tour of The Austin

A record size group of forty-five SPIRE members and guests geared up in PPE (personal protective equipment) on the evening of April 12th to join Hans Galland (MSM '13), Senior Vice President of Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation and his team for a hard hat tour of the The Austin, a community which will house 100 residences, amenity retail on the ground floor and 2 levels of Underground Parking, located at the border of Nob Hill and Lower Pacific

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.

DC: Tour of e-lofts Alexandria

On the evening of Wednesday, March 8th, SPIRE members in Washington D.C. gathered in Alexandria, Virginia for a tour of Cafritz Interests’ recently opened e-lofts. E-lofts is a patented, proprietary brand of loft-style flexible apartments that can be customized into open, 1 and 2-bedroom spaces for use as a home, a workplace or both. A big thank you to Melanie Domres (’86), Senior Vice President at Cafritz Interests and SPIRE Regional Director, who led a detailed presentation and collaborative discussion about this innovative project.

CHICAGO: River Point and DLA Piper Tour

On Thursday, March 9th, SPIRE members in Chicago enjoyed a first-class tour of Hines’ new office development, River Point. Greg Van Schaack, Senior Managing Director at Hines, shared the story of the 52-story office tower located in the downtown West Loop on the edge of the Chicago River. It is said to have set the standard for ultramodern office space in Chicago.

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 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

On Campus: 6th Annual Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium

On February 9th, SPIRE and the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California co-produced the Sixth Annual REAL Symposium at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford University.  Over 170 professionals attended, with SPIRE members and Stanford Alumni attending in healthy numbers.  

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.

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.