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Dr. Richard Peiser

Senior Advisor


Dr. Peiser is on the advisory for Magellan Value Partners (“MVP”) focusing on multi-family investments. He has been the Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) since 1998. He is also Director of the university-wide Real Estate Academic Initiative created in 2003. Dr. Peiser was previously on the faculty at the University of Southern California (1986-1998) as associate professor of urban planning and development, director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate Development, and Academic Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program that he founded in 1986. His primary research has focused on developing an understanding of the response of real estate developers to the marketplace and to the institutional environment in which they operate, particularly in the areas of urban redevelopment, multi-family development, affordable housing and urban sprawl. Current research projects focus on non-performing loans, suburban redevelopment, and new towns.


A planner and entrepreneur-developer of residential and multi-family projects, as well as an expert in real estate finance, he has also demonstrated an interest in spatial and design issues as well as in the economics of land development. He received a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is a world traveler and values life experience.  Dr. Peiser continues to enrich the lives of his students and is the mentor we all wish we had.



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