Recent 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.