Real Estate Development + Design


MRED+D Program Leadership

Christopher Calott, Faculty Director

Chris Calott, Faculty Director

The Faculty Director of the MRED+D is Christopher Calott, Lalanne Chair in Real Estate, Architecture & Urbanism, AIA, ULI, Loeb Fellow ’12. Calott is an award-winning architect, urban designer, academic and real estate developer. Formerly the principal of CALOTT + GIFFORD Architecture / Urban Design and founding partner of the real estate development firm INFILL SOLUTIONS: Innovative Urban Design and Development, his two firms worked together to create innovative mixed-use urban housing, dense infill developments, affordable housing, transit-oriented developments, and vibrant public plazas working principally in cities throughout the American Southwest.  He has also pursued significant research in the areas of urbanism, housing, and community-based design practices through published investigations tied to teaching appointments at numerous universities throughout the United States, Mexico, and Latin America. 

Prior to his arrival at the CED, Calott was the Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program at Tulane University’s School of Architecture, where he developed a curriculum in “regenerative development”, working with students in post-Katrina New Orleans, and throughout the United States.  Calott’s current design and real estate development practice in the Bay Area is actively engaged in large infill redevelopment projects which seek solutions to affordable housing and social equity issues in the region.  

Christopher Calott holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, degree in Urban Theory and Design from Brown University.  He received a Certificate in Architecture from the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University.  Calott was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2011-12.     


Carol Galante, Practice Director 

Carol Galante, Practice Director

Carol Galante is the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation.  She also co-chairs the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center of Real Estate and Urban Economics.

As Faculty Director for the Terner Center, Galante oversees the Center’s work and co-leads the Center’s research agenda, supervising projects that identify, develop and advance innovative solutions in local, state and federal housing policy and practice.  In her role as I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, Professor Galante teaches graduate courses on housing policy and community development, including a semester-long studio intensive course on the design and finance of affordable housing development.

Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Galante served in the Obama Administration for over five years as the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing programs.

As FHA Commissioner, Ms. Galante was responsible for the oversight of the FHA’s trillion dollar insurance portfolio, which includes single family and multifamily housing as well as insured health care facilities.  She was also responsible for HUD’s two million apartments with rental assistance. Prior to her appointment at HUD, Galante was President and Chief Executive of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest non-profit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California.  Early in her career Galante also worked for local government in city planning and community economic development.

She has held numerous volunteer leadership positions at the federal and state level, and has received a number of notable industry and academic honors for her leadership and commitment to addressing the housing challenges and needs of families from all walks of life.

Galante holds a Master of City Planning from U.C. Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan.