Real Estate Development + Design


Leadership and Staff

Carol Galante

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. Full Bio.

Carolina Reid

Carolina Reid, Education Committee Chair

Carolina Reid is an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Faculty Research Advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Carolina specializes in housing and community development, with a specific focus on access to credit, housing and mortgage markets, urban poverty, and racial inequality.  Current projects with the Terner Center include research to understand the rising costs of construction in California, the benefits of affordable housing for low-income families, and the role of inequalities in mortgage lending post-recession on the racial wealth gap. Full Bio.

Chris Calott

Christopher Calott, AIA, ULI, LF '12, Capstone Director

Christopher Calott, AIA is an award-winning architect, urban designer, academic and real estate developer.  He is the inaugural Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture & Urbanism at UC Berkeley, and the founding Faculty Director of a new Master of Real Estate Development + Design Program, which he launched in 2018. He is also currently the Vice Chair of the Master of Urban Design Program, where he instructs on urban design practice, theory, and large scale urban redevelopment. Previously, he was the Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program at Tulane University, where he developed a curriculum in “regenerative development”, working in post-Katrina New Orleans, and throughout the United States. His academic focus and applied research investigates the agency and role that design can play in the creation of more vibrant and socially equitable urban places, often through a critical understanding of development practices and their impact on social, economic and urban form. Calott has pursued significant research in the areas of urbanism, affordable housing, informal settlements and sustainability through competitions, community-based projects and published work tied to teaching appointments at numerous Universities throughout the United States, Mexico and Latin America. And, his longstanding work and research on informal urbanization patterns and social justice issues at the US - Mexico Borderlands culminated in FRONTERA / BORDER: 7th Concurso Internacional ARQUINE, an international design competition and Congress convened in Mexico City. He has continued his research and writing on informal settlement communities, also working in Mumbai, India, and while at Berkeley recently investigating fringe settlements in Cairo, Egypt through a National Science Foundation grant. Full Bio.

Greg Morrow

Greg Morrow, Director

Greg Morrow is Director of the Nancy and Douglas Abbey MRED+D Program. He is trained as an architect, city planner, and urban designer, with experience in real estate development and environmental policy.

He joined CED from Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School where he served as Executive Director of the Institute of Real Estate, Academic Director of the Master in Science of Real Estate program, and Sands Executive Professor in Real Estate. Previously, he was the Richard Parker Professor in Metropolitan Growth & Change at the University of Calgary, a joint appointment in the Haskayne School of Business and School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape. He has practiced in architecture, city planning, and real estate development.

His research interests and teaching is in the areas of real estate development, housing, metropolitan growth, and sustainable community development. He has served on the Calgary Planning Commission, LA County Homeless Initiative (Measure H) Citizens Oversight Advisory Board, and ULI LA Leadership Council. He has a Ph.D. from UCLA in urban planning, an urban design certificate and masters in city planning and architecture from MIT, and undergraduate and professional architecture degrees from McGill University. Full Bio.

Greg Morrow

Paul Curcio, Director of Career Development + Industry Outreach

Paul D. Curcio is an accomplished urban designer, educator, and consultant with more than 30 years of success in urban systems, transportation, and real estate development.  His professional pursuits have focused on Universities, Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and businesses that enable transformative civic impact.

As an award-winning urban planner and designer, he has held land development and urban design leadership positions with the City of San Diego, the State of Oregon, Disney Development Company, and MBT Associates.  He’s managed centers and executive education for the UCLA Anderson School, the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and the Urban Innovations Group. He currently serves on the LA METRO Office of Extraordinary Innovation advisory board, where he helps transform legacy value delivery systems to enable digital age value propositions. Full Bio.

Sabrina Lazarus

Sabrina Lazarus, Director of Student Services

Sabrina joins the Abbey MRED+D after five years serving as an Associate Director at the Columbia Business School in New York, working closely with Executive and Full-Time MBA applicants around the world. Having returned to her native Bay Area, she has most recently been the Interim Director of Graduate Enrollment Management at the University of San Francisco's School of Nursing and Health Professions. Before temporarily decamping to the East Coast and finding her professional home in higher education, Sabrina was a freelance theatrical stage manager, often working just down the street from campus at Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, or Berkeley Playhouse. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School and a master's degree in American Studies from Columbia University. Full Bio.