In 2009, the architect, developer, and former New York City planning official Vishaan Chakrabarti (pictured) became the inaugural Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development and the first full-time director of the Real Estate Development program at GSAPP. Now he’s helping the program and its graduates seek — and achieve — positions of leadership in the field.
“Real estate today is at the epicenter of the forces shaping our world, be it the economy, the environment, the design of cities, or the planet’s irrevocable shift towards urbanization,” said Chakrabarti. “Columbia’s rigorous professional program — structured in the context of the world’s most innovative laboratory for architecture, planning and preservation — provides an unrivaled platform to tackle these pressing issues.”
In January 2004, Marc Holliday ’90GSAPP was named CEO of SL Green Realty Corporation, the largest owner of commercial office properties in New York City — 14 years after receiving his MS in real estate development from Columbia. Now, Marc and wife Sheree Holliday have made a substantial gift to create the Holliday Professorship of Real Estate Development, the first endowed professorship in Columbia’s Real Estate Development program. Their generous gift has also spurred giving by others, putting the School’s $30 million Campaign fundraising goal in sight.
“In times like these, it is especially important to generate new ways of thinking and otherwise invest in the future of the profession,” Holliday says. “I am pleased that Vishaan Chakrabarti will play a key role in that effort, and as a graduate of the program, I am happy to contribute to building a strong foundation.”
Published: June 2011