The Goodman Center for Real Estate was established in 1988 through a major gift from Murray H. Goodman, ’48. The center is a self-supporting, interdisciplinary unit of the College of Business. The center promotes real estate studies in a variety of ways including scholarly research, engagement with practitioners in the real estate field, and undergraduate courses in real estate and real estate finance.
Knowledge generation and dissemination are at the heart of what we do. While this takes many forms, faculty scholars are actively engaged in intellectual discovery and regularly publish in the top academic real estate journals. Their work has been widely cited and incorporated into both real estate curricula and the practice of industry professionals. Additionally, the real estate faculty frequently conduct peer-reviews of other scholars’ work as well as serve on editorial boards and in academic real estate societies. Not only does this contribute to the real estate discipline broadly, but it solidifies the academic reputation of the Goodman Center and ensures the faculty are on the cutting edge of the field.
Industry Outreach & Interaction
The center sponsors a continuing series of seminars and presentations by academics, real estate executives, and an array of industry practitioners. The emphasis on continuing education and research among real estate practitioner organizations, as well as Lehigh’s proximity to major real estate markets, enable the center to engage the practitioner community in a variety of joint projects. These joint projects include: Sponsored research projects; Continuing education programs and short courses; Special conferences and events of national and/or regional interest; and, Center-sponsored databases and continuing activities of interest to the practitioner community.
The real estate program offers an innovative curriculum with hands-on experiences which enable students to expand their knowledge and prepare for real estate careers. Coursework provides ample opportunity for students to engage with both academic faculty and industry practitioners as they dig into case studies, leading industry modeling applications, and other “real world” projects. Our large and growing alumni base of highly accomplished real estate professionals, parents, and friends of Lehigh enthusiastically serve as role models, sounding boards, and mentors to our students.