Class Discussion: Certificate in Real Estate Development

Building Healthier Communities

What does it take to build a healthy community—and how can real estate developers and urban planners collaborate to create livable cities? Urban and Regional Planning Professor and Director of San Jose State’s Certificate in Real Estate Development Program Shishir Mathur says that planners and developers can work together to focus on “place-making”—creating feasible, market-friendly, mixed-use spaces that benefit communities they inhabit. “Development is not a zero-sum game,” says Mathur. “We train our graduates so they are more sensitive to the needs of both the private and public sector so they can work together for a common goal.”

Launched in 2013, the graduate-level, four-course program is available for Open University students as well as SJSU graduate students. It teaches real estate professionals, planners and builders the nuts and bolts of building a community from the ground up— providing the training that Silicon Valley developers and planners need to work together to create sustainable communities.

Julia Halprin Jackson

Julia Halprin Jackson is a writer on San Jose State University's Strategic Communications and Marketing team.

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