Past News & Events
Real Estate Students Attend Emory Social with Bruce Kellogg
CoreNet Global Atlanta Chapter Education ForumGregory Boler, a current Master of Science in Real Estate student, received a $5,000 scholarship from the CoreNet Global Atlanta Chapter and was honored at its education forum on August 18. Georgia State University President delivered the event’s keynote address.
Department Welcomes Dr. Xiaorong Zhou
The Department of Real Estate has welcomed Dr. Xiaorong Zhou from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics as an international scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year. She is an associate professor in the school’s Department of Investment. Her research interests include housing and REITs. While in the U.S., Dr. Zhou plans to do empirical studies on housing liquidation and urban land transactions.
Dr Gibler Teaches Short Course in South Africa
Nineteen government and private industry employees attended the first corporate real estate management short course taught by Dr. Karen Gibler at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from October 17-21. The series of courses is offered as executive education as well as a pathway to enter the diploma program at the university. Dr. Gibler has served as a visiting professor for the Wits program for the past three years.
GSU Featured Again on the Commercial Real Estate Show
Former GSU student Michael Bull once again invited Dr. Gibler to talk about Robinson’s real estate programs on his radio show on October 5.
Listen to the episode
Results of Collaboration with University of the Witwatersrand to Be Published
“Applying the CDIO Model to Designing a Real Estate Program in Johannesburg, South Africa” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Real Estate Literature. The article, written by Dr. Sam Azasu at Wits and Dr. Karen M. Gibler, reviews approaches to real estate curriculum design, then focuses on the CDIO (conceive, design, implement, operate) model approach that Wits used to revise its undergraduate real estate degree program. Dr. Gibler was appointed a visiting associate professor at Wits in 2013 where she consults on degree programs, serves as external reviewer for graduate student theses, and delivers professional lectures on occasion. Wits University is a GSU international strategic partner.
Gibler’s Paper Wins Another Prize
“The Effect of Age-Restricted Housing on Surrounding House Prices” authored by Dr. Karen M. Gibler of the Department of Real Estate and her co-authors, Tanja Tyvimaa, Queensland University of Technology, and Velma Zahirovic-Herbert, University of Georgia, has been recognized by the American Real Estate Society as a paper that has immediate value and contribution to the CCIM Institute member knowledge for commercial real estate and its related professions. The Practitioner Research Award identifies academic conference papers that will have immediate impact on the business community. The same paper also received the 2015 Best Paper on Seniors Housing prize at the ARES annual meeting.
Dongshin Kim Receives GSU Dissertation Award
Dongshin Kim, a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Real Estate, has been awarded an internal GSU dissertation grant (fiscal year 2106) for his project “REITs: Dual Asset Markets and Arbitrage.” His proposal rose above the pack and was one of only two across the university to also be awarded a William M. Suttles Fellowship on top of the dissertation grant. The fellowship is awarded to the applicant deemed to have the most outstanding qualifications within his/her field of study and who also submits an outstanding dissertation grant proposal as determined by the team of faculty reviewers. Professor Jon Wiley is Kim’s mentor on this project.
Gibler Wins Best Paper Prize
The 2015 Best Paper on Seniors Housing prize at the American Real Estate Society meeting has been awarded to Dr. Karen M. Gibler of the Department of Real Estate and her co-authors, Tanja Tyvimaa, Tampere University of Technology, and Velma Zahirovic-Herbert, University of Georgia, for their manuscript: “The Effect of Age-Restricted Housing on Surrounding House Prices.” The prize is sponsored by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC). They presented the paper at the ARES annual conference in Fort Myers in April.
Gibler Receives Achievement AwardThe International Real Estate Society has given its 2015 Achievement Award to Dr. Karen M. Gibler. IRES is a global umbrella federation for six academic organizations – including the American Real Estate Society (ARES) – whose goal is to promote research, teaching and practice of real estate. The IRES Achievement Award is given annually to a member of the academic community in recognition of career achievements in research, teaching and practice of real estate internationally. The names of the 2015 award winners were announced by IRES president Ramón Sotelo July 8 at a conference organized jointly by IRES, AsRES (Asian Real Estate Society), the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress, and AREUEA (American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association).
Department Welcomes Dr. Sanghoon Lee
The Department of Real Estate has welcomed international scholar Dr. Sanghoon Lee from Myongji College, School of Business and Social Science as an associate professor for the 2015-16 academic year. His research interests comprise real estate law, public land law, and the practice of appraisal and assessment. While staying in the U.S., Dr. Lee plans to do a comparative study on legal issues regarding the rehabilitation of slum areas.
Dr. Yan Mei Spends Sabbatical at Robinson
The Department of Real Estate has welcomed Dr. Yan Mei from Chongqing University as an international scholar for the 2015-16 academic year. He is an associate professor in Chongqing’s School of Construction Management and Real Estate. His research interests include housing support policy and housing for seniors. While in the U.S., Dr. Mei plans to do a comparative study on housing support policy for the wages class and community service facilities to take care of the elderly.
Department Mourns Passing of Atlanta Real Estate Icon
Many GSU real estate alumni and students will recognize the name Mrs. Tommie Jackson because they have benefited from the scholarship fund established in her name more than 40 years ago. Her family continues that generosity and support of GSU real estate students through their request that memorials to her memory be made by contributing to the Tommie Jackson Scholarship fund.Read more
MSRE Student Harrison Boyd Selected for CCIM Bob White Award
Congratulations to Harrison Boyd, who has been selected by the Georgia CCIM Chapter to receive the Bob White Scholarship Award. Funded by the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute, the scholarship is given annually to one real estate major planning a career in commercial real estate. The selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, communication skills, and professional commitment. Thank you to alumnus Bill Adams for acting as liaison in the award selection process.
Department Sponsors ULI Event November 13
ULI Atlanta in partnership with the Georgia State University Department of Real Estate presents Real Estate Outlook 2015 this Thursday, November 13 at Cherokee Town Club.
The event will feature a presentation on Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015® featuring Anita Kramer, ULI VP of Capital Markets and Real Estate as well as a panel on Atlanta’s real estate outlook. The panelists are Walt Mercer, EVP, SunTrust Bank; Brian Bailey, financial analyst CRE, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Lance Patterson, president, Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group, LLC; and GSU’s Jon Wiley, associate professor of Real Estate.
Felton Todd, MSRE recruiter, will host a table at the event. He will be handing out brochures and answering questions about the MSRE program. Register for the event »
ICSC Foundation Endows Scholarship
The ICSC Foundation has been a long-time GSU real estate student supporter through its annual undergraduate real estate award. This year, the award has been named the ICSC Foundation D. Scott Hudgens Undergraduate Real Estate Award and has been funded through an endowment that will ensure the award will be given for the next 20 years. Kerry White has been selected as this year’s recipient of the $2,000 award.
Gibler Featured on Commercial Real Estate Show
Once again Michael Bull interviewed Dr. Karen Gibler about GSU’s real estate programs for his syndicated Commercial Real Estate Show. GSU was the only university that appeared on his 2012 show that was asked to return again in 2014. Michael’s show shared information about our real estate programs on radio stations in 10 major markets on September 10.Watch the video
Dr. Mengxuan Li Spends Sabbatical at Robinson
The Department of Real Estate has welcomed Dr. Mengxuan Li from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law as an international scholar for the 2014-15 academic year. She is an Associate Professor in their Department of Investment. Her research interests include real estate markets and housing welfare. While in the US, Dr. Li plans to do a comparative study on housing price fluctuations and their influence on household consumption.
Gibler Participates in African Real Estate Society Meeting
AfRES invited Dr. Karen Gibler to give a keynote address about the International Real Estate Society at its recent meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, Dr. Gibler led a workshop on writing for grants and journals with support from RICS and Emerald Group Publishing. Among the attendees at the meeting was GSU alumnus Dr. John Williams, shown at the Gala Dinner in the photo.
GSU Department of Real Estate Sponsors at CoreNet Atlanta Education Forum
The Department of Real Estate was showcased at a sponsor booth at the CoreNet Atlanta Chapter’s Education Forum in August. In addition to talking with prospects about the revised one-year MSRE program, Dr. Gibler and Dr. Wiley honored Lauren Whitlock, current MSRE student, who received the Chapter’s first scholarship at the event.View the event photo gallery
On the Radio in Africa
While in South Africa to review the MS in Real Estate program at the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr. Gibler recorded an interview for Channel Africa. “All Things Real Estate and Property Matters” host Dineo Molomo talked with Dr. Gibler and Dr. Samuel Azasu about real estate education, housing policy, and trends in office space design. The program will be broadcast over shortwave radio across the African continent.
Gibler receives ARES Distinguished Service Award
Karen M. Gibler, Associate Professor in the Department is being recognized for her work with the American Real Estate Society, a national academic organization that encourages research and promotes education in real estate. Gibler received the 2014 ARES Distinguished Service award April 3 at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego. It was given “in recognition of many years of exemplary service to ARES, and willingness to take on multiple roles and responsibilities for the good of the organization.”
GSU/REIAC Distinguished Speaker Series & Career Networking Event
- The Rialto Center for the Arts
- Sponsored by
- The Southeast Chapter of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REIAC)
- Co-hosted by
- Robinson’s Career Management Center
- Distinguished speaker
- Walt Mercer, SunTrust
“Views from the Top” 2014
- Hosted by
- The GSU Real Estate Alumni Group
- Cherokee Town & Country Club
- Premier sponsors
- SunTrust, Troutman Sanders
- Centerline Capital Group, NAI Brannen Goddard, Beech Street Capital
- IDI, Jackson Corporate Real Estate, KeyBank, Transwestern
- Keynote speaker
- E.J. Burke, Mortgage Bankers Association
- Featured speaker
- Dr. Sam Chandan, Chandan Economics
- Industry panel
- Maria Sapporta, Atlanta Business Chronicle (moderator)
- Egbert Perry, Integral Group
- A.J. Robinson, Central Atlanta Progress
- Penelope McPhee, The Arthur M. Blank Foundation
- Larry Gellerstedt, Cousins Properties
Gibler represents IRES at New Zealand meeting
Dr. Karen Gibler recently attend the meeting of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society in her role as executive director of the International Real Estate Society (IRES). Dr. Gibler is shown in the picture to the right at the conference dinner with PRRES president Hera Antoniodes at which she announced the 2014 IRES award winners. Gibler also participated in the IRES Board of Directors meeting and presented a research paper on changing demographics and housing preferences in Finland.
University of the Witwatersrand names Gibler visiting professor
The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has named Dr. Karen Gibler a visiting associate professor in the School of Construction Economics and Management for a 3-year term. The purpose of the appointment is to promote collaboration in research, scholarship, and teaching and learning and to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge, experience, and expertise. Dr. Gibler has already made one visit to Wits to consult on the reformulation of its bachelor’s degree program. She is being invited to visit again to review the implementation of the new graduate program.
Department of Real Estate Welcomes Another Visiting Scholar
September 13, 2013
Dr. Su Youn Jyoung, associate professor of economics at Jeju National University in Korea, has arrived to spend her sabbatical year leave conducting research at Georgia State University. She plans to examine price elasticity factors of high- and low-priced office buildings in Seoul and hopes to expand her research to the U.S. market. At Jeju University, Dr. Jyoung teaches graduate courses in real estate econometrics and mass appraisal as well as economics courses. She has been an instructor for the Korean Association of Property Appraisers (KAPA) for the past 10 years. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Real Estate Society and a member of IAAO. Dr. Jyoung is joined in Atlanta by her husband and two children.
Professor Visits from Konkuk University
January 9, 2013
The Department of Real Estate’s relationship with Konkuk University continues with a two-year sabbatical visit by Dr. Seungwoo Shin. Dr. Shin is an associate professor in the Department of Real Estate Studies at Konkuk in Seoul. While in the U.S., he will be conducting research on the short- and long-run dynamics of U.S. real estate NOI growth rates. He is also preparing a paper on doctoral student success rates. This is not Dr. Shin’s first visit to the U.S. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at Cornell University in 2005. Dr. Shin is accompanied by his wife and daughter.
Views From the Top 2013
January 8, 2012
The Real Estate Alumni Group’s 26th annual premier economic review, Views from the Top, took place Tuesday, January 8 at the Cherokee Town and Country Club. The topic was “Atlanta – City, Suburban, National and Global Future.” Featured speakers included Ambassador Andrew Young, former Atlanta Mayor, and Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, director of Robinson’s Economic Forecasting Center.
International Real Estate Society moves to Robinson College of Business
January 1, 2013
As of January 1, Dr. Karen M. Gibler in the Department of Real Estate took over as executive director of the International Real Estate Society (IRES). This brings the headquarters for the global academic research organization to the Robinson College of Business. As executive director, Dr. Gibler will be responsible for fundraising, promotion, managing ongoing projects, and communications.
IRES was founded in 1993 at a meeting of the American Real Estate Society (ARES) as a federation of regional real estate societies to be headquartered at the executive director’s university. The Pacific Rim Real Estate Society was formed in 1993, European Real Estate Society in 1994, Asian Real Estate Society in 1996, African Real Estate Society in 1997, Latin American Real Estate Society in 2000, and Middle Eastern Real Estate Society succeeded by the Middle East North African Real Estate Society in 2010. These seven societies comprise the membership of IRES. The annual board of directors meeting rotates among the sister society conferences. Dr. Gibler has served as a representative of ARES to the IRES board of directors since 2004 and one term as president in 2009.
Current IRES activities include funding African academic leaders to attend research conferences, supporting the development of a journal of African real estate research, advising the organizers of the Middle East North Africa Real Estate Society, and sponsoring a panel at each regional conference to promote faculty and student exchanges and cooperation. The organization also presents annual awards for achievement in international real estate research, service to the societies, and corporate leadership. Dr. Gibler was selected as the recipient of the IRES Service Award in 2012. The award was presented at the ERES meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June 2012.
Gibler Interviewed on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show
August 30, 2012
Show host Michael Bull interviewed professors from four of the leading collegiate real estate programs, including Robinson’s Karen Gibler. Discussions included available undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degrees, available classes and how their programs benefit the student, employer and the industry. The professors also shared how real estate professionals can effectively work with the schools in the listener’s area. Listen to the show »
Gibler Travels to South Africa
May 30, 2012
Dr. Karen Gibler was invited to visit University of the Witswaterand in Johannesburg, South Africa, for 2 weeks where she assisted with curriculum revision, gave a public lecture on corporate real estate management, guest lectured in an urban economics course, and conducted research and education workshops for faculty and doctoral students. The Southern Chapter of the African Real Estate Society hosted Dr. Gibler at a dinner. In the picture she is shown with Patrick Katabua, chapter president.
Gibler Chosen for Fulbright Specialist Grant
May 30, 2012
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars has notified Dr. Karen Gibler that she has been chosen to receive a Fulbright Specialist Grant to travel to Chonburi, Thailand. Burapha University has requested Dr. Gibler to spend 2 weeks reviewing its undergraduate business administration program’s learning outcomes and evaluation using the Thai Qualification Framework and then write a research paper with the Thai instructors on their experience. The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2- to 6-week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. Project activities focus on strengthening and supporting the development needs of host institutions abroad. U.S. faculty and professionals are reviewed by peers in the same discipline, and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).
IRES Service Award
May 30, 2012
The International Real Estate Society (IRES) has given its 2012 Service Award to Dr. Karen Gibler. The award recognizes service to IRES and/or its sister societies. Dr. Gibler has served as the American Real Estate Society representative to the IRES Board of Directors as well as IRES president. She will take office as IRES executive director in January 2013. IRES is a federation of regional real estate societies whose mission is to encourage communication, cooperation and coordination regarding real estate research and education on a world-wide basis.
Views From the Top 2012
Re-Inventing Real Estate: Re-Development & Economic Survival
January 10, 2012
The Real Estate Alumni Group’s 25th annual premier economic review, Views from the Top, took place Tuesday, January 10 at the Cherokee Town and Country Club. The topic was Re-Inventing Real Estate: Re-Development & Economic Survival. The featured speaker was Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, Director of the Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center.
REIAC Distinguished Lecture and Career Networking reception
October 10, 2011
4:30 – 6:30 p.m., GSU Rialto Center for the Arts, Forsyth at Luckie Street, Atlanta, Ga.
April 21, 2011
The annual REIAC Challenge pits four teams of GSU real estate graduate students against each other in a competition to find the best development ideas for a site. The site this year was a Peachtree Steet property owned by Portman Holdings. Teams make their pitch to an audience of students and real estate professionals, presenting their development/investment visions for property. Previous years have shown motivated students producing top standards in presentation and persuasion and in the generation of innovative proposals for development.
Distinguished Lecture and Portrait Unveiling
April 12, 2011
The Distinguished Lecture Series is a GSU/REIAC twice-annual event at which a leading figure from the Atlanta real estate industry shares with students and colleagues his or her insights and experience. The speaker was Lynn McKee, vice president of asset management, TriMont Real Estate Advisors. The topic was CMBS: past, present and future.
Views From the Top
January 11, 2011
The 24th annual premier economic preview, hosted by the Real Estate Alumni Group, was held this year at Phipps Tower.
Georgia State’s Atlanta Real Estate Sentiment survey and index
October 7, 2010
Many of Atlanta’s top real estate executives gathered for Georgia State University’s Real Estate Department Honorary Board meeting to hear an update from Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center. In presenting his outlook for the Georgia and national economies, Dr. Dhawan paid particular attention to how the forces at work in the economy, such as job growth, will impact housing and other real estate markets.
The meeting also included a presentation of the results from Georgia State’s Atlanta Real Estate Sentiment survey and index. This survey of Atlanta real estate insiders suggests that the mood in the real estate industry has improved over the last six months yet remains somewhat negative with nearly 70% of the respondents giving the current Atlanta real estate market a grade of “Poor.” Though the consensus remains negative on the current situation, the outlook for Atlanta’s office sector has improved with increases expected in occupancy and rental rates in both class A and B space.
REIAC Distinguished Lecture
The REIAC Distinguished Lecture was held on Tuesday, October 12 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Alumni Group Event
The Real Estate Alumni Group met on Thursday, July 29 in Midtown to learn about some of the great luxury hotels that Midtown has to offer. Presenting hotels included: The W Atlanta, Hotel Palomar Atlanta and Loews Hotel Atlanta.
The REIAC Challenge was held on April 29 from 4:30 until 7 p.m. in room 24 of the Aderhold Learning Center. Students presented visions for Beltline development projects.
Leo Wells speaks with the leaders of Atlanta real estate industry
April 7 at the Commerce Club
Bringing together some of the captains of Atlanta’s real estate industry, the real estate department at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business provided a forum for sharing ideas and developing the relationships that are at the heart of the real estate business. At the meeting of the real estate department’s Honorary Board, which includes more than 50 CEOs, VPs, attorneys and others working in the industry, Leo Wells, founder and president of Wells Real Estate Funds, shared his thoughts on the real estate market and where it is headed in the coming months and years.
In addition to Mr. Wells’ presentation, the results of an electronic survey were shared with the board. This survey queried board members about their impressions of Atlanta’s economy, stability of commercial and residential markets, the outlook on interest rates, and the outlook for the various commercial real estate sectors.
Views from the Green
This event occurred on Tuesday, April 6 at the River Club in Suwanee, Georgia.
Introductory ARGUS Seminar
On March 20 and 27, the Real Estate department offered an introductory ARGUS seminar, providing an excellent opportunity for industry professionals and students to learn about this software package. The software provides all necessary tools for real estate companies, including lease management, cash flow projections and investment analysis. ARGUS is increasingly becoming an industry standard domestically as well as internationally.
Gibler Attends PRRES Meeting
Dr. Karen Gibler finished her year as president of IRES at the annual board meeting during the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society meeting in Wellington where she also participated in a panel on international student and faculty opportunities and presented a paper on Spanish housing markets.
Views from the Top
The Real Estate Alumni Group’s 23rd annual Views from the Top took place on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12th and Midtown. The topic was Capital Markets Update. Featured speakers were Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, GSU Economic Forecasting Center, and Ethan Penner, president, CBRE Capital Partners.