Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development

The Colvin Institute supports the interdisciplinary approach of the MRED curriculum that comprehensively covers finance and capital markets, law and public policy, structure and site design, construction management, property, portfolio and asset management as well as marketing and commercial leasing. The MRED degree offers a comprehensive and collaborative approach to real estate education looking towards a sustainable future with an emphasis on the quadruple bottom line- that is development that is not only financially viable, but also environmentally respectful, socially responsible, and with a key 21st-century focus on beautiful and sustainable design.


MRED Students benefit from the program enhancements supported by the Colvin Institute. Field work and site visits are an integral part of the curriculum, taking full advantage of the vibrant development in the nation's capital and its suburbs, the redevelopment of the post-industrial port city of Baltimore, and the challenges of developing in the environmentally sensitive watershed of the Chesapeake Bay.


The Colvin Institute supports (1) guest lectures from prominent academics and professionals, (2) Symposium topics of  current interest to the development, design and planning communities, (3) support for the Real Estate Review, a quarterly journal edited by the Director, which reflects the breadth of issues and topics of the comprehensive and collaborative academic RDEV program, and (4) study tours for students, to international venues.


The Colvin Institute was founded by a generous gift of John and Karen Colvin in January 2007. The Institute is named for John Colvin's mother, Neomie Colvin, who was Maryland's first female real estate broker. John, a successful commercial real estate developer, and his wife Karen, a professor at the University of Baltimore, provided the $3 million dollar endowment, ensuring the viability of a new generation of developers by enhancing and enriching the graduate programs in real estate development at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.