The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at Fisher College of Business is dedicated to fostering excellence in real estate education, applied and academic research, and outreach through community and university partnerships. The Center’s main goal is to serve as a link between our students, faculty, alumni, and the various parts of the real estate industry, creating a vibrant community touching all aspects of real estate.


  • 2018 Real Estate Conference

    April 25, 2018
    4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    The Blackwell Hotel

    What does the City of the Future look like? And what do cities have to do to prepare themselves for the future? The answers to these questions are not simple. They are complex, multidimensional and unique to every city as they work to address challenges connected to growth, changes in our climate, aging infrastructure, technological advancements and many others. Arriving at the right answers is crucial as cities compete on global stage to attract talent, companies and resources. The 2018 Real Estate Conference will contribute to this conversation by bringing together experts who will discuss principles for planning and building resilient cities, the future of transportation infrastructure and the utilization of technology in the real estate industry.

    For more information, please visit the conference website.

  • March 22 Breakfast Panel: Capital Markets Outlook

    March 22: Breakfast Panel - Capital Markets Outlook: Risks and Opportunities for Real Estate

    Where is the economy going next? What inning are we in? Has the game turned into a double header? What will rising interest rates mean for real estate? And what does all this mean for my business? Join us as our panel of experts attempts to answer these questions and more. We will hear about opportunities and risks from the perspective of lenders, institutional investors and investment managers.


    • Renee Csuhran, EVP and Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate, Community Development Lending and Investments, Huntington Bank
    • Mary Ludgin, Managing Director and Head of Global Research, Heitman
    • Jennifer Young Stevens, Principal, The Townsend Group

    When: March 22, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    Where: Mason Hall Rotunda, 2nd Floor

    For more information and registration link, please visit the breakfast panel website.

  • View from the C-Suite: Walt Rakowich, former CEO, Prologis

    April 5: View from the C-Suite: Walt Rakowich, former CEO, Prologis

    Join us as we sit down with Walt Rakowich to discuss his experience in leading the turnaround of an S&P 500 company at the height of the 2008 recession.  Walt stepped in as CEO of Prologis after the stock had fallen over 96 percent within ten months, and ultimately restored the company to its position as an industry leader through transparent leadership methods that aligned with a core set of values: humility, honesty and heart.  Walt will share his lessons learned from this and other experiences in our inaugural View from the C-Suite forum, Lessons in Leadership. Please register via this link.

    Walt Rakowich Bio

  • 2017-2018 Research Grant Recipients

    We are pleased to announce the award of the third round of research grants to Ohio State graduate students and faculty who are exploring real estate related topics in their research. The funded projects will be producing an academic publication or a white paper, as well as a short summary of their results. The Center received 15 applications and has selected the following four proposals for funding:

    • “Do Housing Policies Provide Stable Housing? Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics”, Seungbeom Kang, PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning
    • “Designing Affordable Housing: Evaluating Award-Winning Affordable Housing Developments in the United States”, Cody R. Price, Ph.D. & Jack L. Nasar, FAICP, Ph.D., City & Regional Planning
    • “Estimating the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices: A Spatial Analysis”, Stephanie Casey Pierce, Doctoral Candidate; Yung Chun, Doctoral Candidate, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
    • “Variation and Change in Local Public Housing Policies Regarding Criminal Records”, Laura M. DeMarco, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology
  • Announcing New Advisory Board Members

    The Ohio State Center for Real Estate is pleased to welcome two new members to our Advisory Board, Mr. Jeffrey Witherell, the Chief Executive Officer of Plymouth REIT, and Mr. David Adelman, the Chief Executive Officer of Campus Apartments.

    Plymouth REIT is a full service real estate investment company structured as a vertically integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of single and multi-tenant industrial properties, including distribution centers, warehouses and light industrial properties, primarily located in secondary and select primary markets across the United States. The company is based in Boston, MA.

    Campus Apartments is one of the nation’s largest providers of on- and off-campus student housing. With over $1.5 billion in assets under management, their portfolio consists of garden-style, mid-rise, and high-rise assets, as well as mixed-use and urban scattered-site housing. The company is based on Philadelphia, PA.

  • The Paul M. Weinstock Memorial Scholarship

    Paul WeinstockIt was with a sad heart that we learned of the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Weinstock. Paul was a fixture at Fisher for the past 19 years, teaching many courses in the fields of finance and real estate. For those interested in honoring Paul, you can contribute to a scholarship fund established in his memory that will provide support to undergraduate students with passion for real estate.


Contact us

241 Mason Hall
250 W Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

For more information about the Center for Real Estate, please contact Mary Beth McCormick: