Message from the Director

IMG_0005-e1477351421636.jpgThe start of any academic year is exciting, as well as busy. However, this year there is additional significance to myself as I take my position as the new Director of the Runstad Center. To make things even more hectic I am moving to Seattle not only from outside the state but from London. I’m joining UW from Henley Business School at the University of Reading where since 2010 I have been Professor of Real Estate Finance & Investment and Director of the Master’s program in Real Estate Finance. I previously held faculty positions at City University London (2005-10) and University College Dublin (1994-2005), where I also undertook my PhD. I hope that my international experience will be a valuable resource as we seek to ensure the ongoing development and growth of the Runstad Center.

Simon Stevenson, Ph.D.
Director, Runstad Center  



Welcome MSRE Class of 2018


New MSRE students dove into their school year on Monday, September 19, 2016 with a week-long orientation that took them from the University District to Bellevue, Pioneer Square, Downtown, to Kent.

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3rd Annual Runstad Center Leadership Dinner


The 2016 Runstad Center Leadership Dinner brought the Seattle real estate industry together in a memorable evening celebrating the many successes of the Runstad Center.

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A City to Love


The 2015-2106 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows had the privilege to spend a week in late March exploring the city of Auckland, New Zealand - A community which is grappling with many of the same opportunities and challenges that Seattle currently faces in the midst rapid population growth.

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Meet Brendan Mason and Korbi Wenzl, MSRE Class of 2017


What happens when you bring a Visiting Graduate student from Germany and a 2nd year MSRE student together for a conversation?

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Commercial RE Certificate Student Profile: Celeste Lenon


Celeste Lenon has enjoyed a multifaceted career, having worked in architecture, technology and finance. Her collective experience led her to her current role as COO of MG2, an international architectural and design firm headquartered in Seattle. 

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MSRE students compete in the Corenet Global Academic Challenge


Four Runstad Center students participated in the 2nd Annual CoreNet Global Challenge, in which student teams from universities around the world apply their education to one real-world issues facing companies around the world: how to attract, retain and motivate the next generation of knowledge workers.

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Recent Runstad Center Research 


The Runstad Center released the Washington State Condominium Report this past July,  which examines the current Seattle market and six other western cities, focusing on construction of new condominiums.

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