Real Estate Development + Design

Professional Affiliates

Studio Review

“As a developer with both private and public sector experience, I know the importance of the built environment and its design to local communities, urban economies, and metropolitan sustainability. More than ever before, we need a new generation of professionals equipped to integrate real estate development and design. Development decisions must be financially sound while addressing the social, economic, and environmental challenges of our time."

- Kofi Bonner, Regional President, FivePoint


Students in the Nancy and Douglas Abbey MRED+D benefit greatly from the participation and sponsorship of course offerings from world-class leaders and professionals in the real estate, design, and development industries throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Professionals contributing time and expertise to the Abbey MRED+D program through teaching, presenting guest lectures, and serving as studio critics include: 

  • David Baker, David Baker Architects
  • Kofi Bonner, Regional President, FivePoint Communities
  • Don Bragg, Senior VP & Director of Development, Prado Group
  • Ricardo Capretta, President, Capretta Properties
  • Lisa Congdon, Prado Group
  • Katherine Esqueda, Regional Manager, ForestCity San Francisco
  • Rick Holliday, President, Holliday Development
  • Christopher Leinberger, President, Locus & Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute
  • Ed Manasse, Strategic Planning Manager, Oakland Planning & Zoning
  • Evan McDonald, Partner & CEO, Hudson McDonald
  • Ed McFarlan, Principal, JRVD Urban International
  • Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director, SPUR
  • Marc Norman, Marc Norman Consulting
  • Cynthia Parker, Executive Director, BRIDGE Housing
  • Gene Slater, Chairman, CSG Advisors
  • Jonathan Tate, Principal, Office Jonathan Tate
  • V. Fei Tsen, Board President, Treasure Island Development Authority
  • Allison Williams, AGWms_studio, Architect + Provocative Design Consultant
  • William Witte, Chairman and CEO, Related California
  • Ken Wong, COO, Related Companies
  • Paul Woolford, Direct & Design Principal, HOK