The 2019 Corcoran Case Competition

The Future of Housing
Open to BC Undergrads, $5000 Cash Prize | Applications Close Jan 25

Ben Austen Workshop

April 9th, 4PM
Journalist and Author of High-Risers


The Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action leverages a multidisciplinary approach to cultivate discussions and develop actions that foster community transformation.

In accordance with the mission of  Boston College, The Corcoran Center aims to develop the next generation of ethical real estate professionals by educating and inspiring students, alumni, and other key stakeholders so they may harness real estate as a catalyst for needed change in areas where the marginalization of vulnerable citizens is most severe, and enact broad scope solutions to neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

These actions, when applied, will result in healthy and productive neighborhoods that will be models for cities throughout the country and the world.

Public Private Partnerships Workshop

March 13th - Sign Up Here

About the Center

Curriculum: Increase access to traditional classroom learning, with real estate courses developed by the Center within the Carroll School of Management.

Internship Programs: Engage students in a variety of practical, meaningful learning experiences, including workshop trainings, field projects, and summer internship programs.

Speaking Program: Invite students to join the network of professionals and experts in the fields of real estate and urban revitalization through a speaker series, small group lunches, and Center coordinated activities.

Neighborhood Engagement Program: Create opportunities for multiple disciplines from across the University to engage in place-focused neighborhood strengthening.


The Corcoran Center introduces undergraduates to the field of Real Estate and Urban Action through courses, experiential learning opportunities, and engagement with the community.

News & Notes


Corcoran Center Open House

Corcoran Center Open House

Drop in for a visit at the Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action and learn more about our courses, programming, and other opportunities for undergraduate students. Food will be served. 


September 12

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Cushing Hall, 336

Launching Your Real Estate Career

Launching Your Real Estate Career

Panel of Alumni from across the field of Real Estate, followed by an opportunity to meet the alums. Come and learn from Alums how to get engaged in one of the largest global industries.

Panelists Include:

Steele DiVitto, Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Cushman & Wakefield

Samara Gariepy, Associate, CBRE Global Investors

Kaitlyn Mulcahy, Rental Underwriter, MassHousing

Justin Smith, Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank 

John Stepien, Multifamily Loan Production, Freddie Mac

Chris Wholey, Manager - Development, Skanska 


October 04

5:30 PM

Fulton Hall, 511

Bill Cummings: Starting Small and Making it Big

Bill Cummings: Starting Small and Making it Big

Bill Cummings, Founder of Cummings Properties, will be interviewed by Paul Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. Bill and his wife were the first people from Massachusetts to take The Giving Pledge - pledging to give the majority of their wealth to charity.
In a moderated discussion, Bill will share his recent book "Starting Small and Making it Big" which outlines his entrepreneurial beginnings, the development and rise of Cummings Properties and the conversion of Cummings Properties into a philanthropic organization that will serve generations to come.    


October 15

6:00 PM

Gasson Hall, 100

Gina McCarthy, Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Gina McCarthy, Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained

Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution.

McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Presented with Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, International Studies Program, Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Jesuit Institute.

October 23

6:00 PM

Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Room

Highlighted Corcoran Center Students & Alumni