ASPIRE is a student organization associated with the alumni club Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE).
ASPIRE serves as the go-to organization for students interested in real estate, place-making, and the built environment. It aims to span all departments and degree programs across campus, and to connect current students with SPIRE’s expansive alumni network. ASPIRE provides a forum for future place-makers to develop their skills through on-campus workshops and speaker talks, through off-campus site visits and events, and through networking and career-placement opportunities.
ASPIRE provides variable and responsive programming for a wide range of interests related to the built environment, so whether you you want to craft government policy to address the housing crisis and structural environmental sustainability, or you want to become the next big real estate tycoon, building the cities of tomorrow, ASPIRE is the club for you!
Our membership platform is free and flexible, in that registering will put you on our mailing list so that you can find out about relevant opportunities and entitle you to register for our events, but it entails no required meetings or obligations on your time. So please do register, and we hope to see you at an event soon.
Stanford Alumni Association Directory: students may sign up with a special offer and receive access to the Stanford Alumni Association's (SAA) extensive directory. Using the Advance Search options, you can search for Alumni in real estate using an expansive array of attributes, such as year, degree, geography, industry, and even interest/skills. For example, you can search with ease for any Alumni within California who graduated between 2000-2010 and who work with in the "Real Estate - Finance" industry. Simply click the "Find an Alum" button in the header of any SAA page, and click the Advance Search function to browse the attributes you wish to select.
Moom is currently studying Architectural Design at Stanford University. Before coming to the US, he won a full-ride King’s Scholarship awarded to top 9 students in Thailand to pursue undergraduate study abroad. His interest has been in real estate development and finance since high school. He is also working for the Parkmerced Development Team at Maximus Real Estate Partners in San Francisco.
Emmanuel Assa is currently a Coterminal student in the class of 2018, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters' in Management Science and Engineering. He's currently attempting to find ways to combine environmental technology, affordability, and financial viability to create vibrant long-term housing communities in the Bay Area and beyond. A North Carolina native, Emmanuel is also interested in the dichotomies of urban and rural communities and how each require nuanced housing solutions. He's spent his past summers interning with the management consulting firm BCG in San Francisco and Australia, and is enthusiastic about promoting public good through the private sector. In his free time, Emmanuel is an avid reader, music enthusiast, and wannabe adventurer.
Marco Lorenzon (‘20) is an Economics major with an interest in finance and market design. He is interested in housing development in the Bay Area, and how technology can be applied to the real estate world to increase access in thick markets. On campus, Marco is involved with Stanford Consulting, Stanford Finance, and The Charles R. Blyth Fund. In his free time, Marco enjoys experimenting with food, playing tennis, skiing, and traveling.
Olivia Martin is a sophomore ('19) planning to study Public Policy and History. She is interested in Bay Area housing policy and using real estate and placemaking as forces of positive change in communities. She is especially excited about the ways in which the tech industry can collaborate with the world of real estate to provide innovative solutions to complex problems. Olivia is also on the Board of Directors of Stanford in Government and interned at the California Department of Education last summer. She is from San Diego, CA and loves to watch HGTV with her family when at home.
Minh Nguyen is an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, and a member of the undergraduate class of 2020. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Engineering, a major that will prepare him to plan, design, and implement complex economic and technological management systems. Minh is interested in the impact of technology on real estate, the aesthetic aspect of space-making, and the green economic development to create a neighborhood both creative and friendly to the environment. On campus, Minh is currently involved in the International Undergraduate Community, Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students, and the Stanford Daily. In his free time, Minh enjoys reading classic literature regarding social issues from different periods of time.
Terence Zhao ('19) is an Urban Studies major with a particular interest in urban housing policy and urban design. He is especially interested in leveraging policy as well as design and placemaking practices to build socially sustainable places and communities. Terence has sat on the Board of Directors of Stanford in Government (SIG), and also writes for the Stanford Daily. Over the past few years, he has done urban sustainability research with Disney and worked for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).
Graduate School of Business Liaison
Anthony Ling is a MBA'18 candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he co-leads the GSB Real Estate Club. He is a Brazilian architect and urban planner and founded Caos Planejado, an online opinion publication on urban issues. He has recently published “Guia de Gestão Urbana”, an urban policy guide for Brazilian cities.
Department of Engineering Liaison
Yingqi Wang is the engineering student liaison of SPIRE and a board member of ASPIRE. Yingqi studied construction management in Tsinghua University (China) before he became a M.S. student in Sustainable Design & Construction Program in the CEE department. His major focus is construction management but with huge interest in both construction and real estate, Yingqi enjoys learning about every phase of a building/infrastructure’s lifecycle, such as pre-construction, project controls and real estate investment/development. In his free time, Yingqi enjoys reading and basketball. He welcomes anyone who is interested in real estate/construction or simply wants to make friends.
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Jason Lopata is a member of the undergraduate Class of 2017 whose course of study focuses on the interplay between economic and political forces and their historical impact on the built environment. Jason is enthusiastic about the real estate industry, especially by the sorts of mixed-use, large-scale developments that can be described as 'creating a whole greater than the sum of their parts.' Over the past few summers, Jason has worked with the land-use consultancy Craig Lawson & Co. and on the Business Team of Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, in addition to completing a business education program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. On-campus, Jason is currently writing an honors thesis on LA development patterns over the past 20 years, and he has completed graduate-level courses on real estate investment and infrastructure development. Previously, Jason studied abroad at the University of Oxford and served on the leadership boards of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES), and the Society for International Affairs at Stanford (SIAS). In his free time, Jason is eager to travel and to explore cities closer to home, as well as to read history, play tennis, or go hiking, skiing, or bicycling.
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