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.

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


Real Estate Law Workshop

Real Estate Law Workshop

Led by experienced real estate attorney Adam Weisenberg, undergraduates will learn about the intersection of real estate and the law. This workshop is intended for students intending to pursue careers in real estate or law, or students considering either field. 

At the workshop students will:

-Understand the role of a real estate attorney, explore the career path, and the day-to-day responsibilities

-Learn the key legal issues and related documents in real estate, including:


-Design and construction


-Financing with debt and third party equity


Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited to 25 students - click the register button or visit https://goo.gl/forms/pfAppihEw1pa1c0B2

Preference will be given to 1) Students currently enrolled in a BC Real Estate course 2) Real Estate Club Members (not currently enrolled in courses) 3) BC Undergraduates

**This event is not open to law students**

March 28

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Fulton Hall, 220

The Business of Solar

The Business of Solar

A presentation on the development of
policy and financing for solar energy.

April 03

6:00 PM

Fulton Hall, 511

Jonathan F.P. Rose Lecture

Jonathan F.P. Rose Lecture

Jonathan F.P. Rose is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist whose work and advocacy focuses on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. Rose is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions to the urban issues facing us today. Mr. Rose has testified before U.S. Senate and House Committees on housing, infrastructure and environmental issues, and served as an Advisor to the White House Office of Urban Affairs.


Mr. Rose is the Founder and President of Jonathan Rose Companies, a real estate development company whose mission is “to develop communities that enhance opportunity for all.” The firm’s innovative work has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations including: the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects.

Rose is the author of The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach us About the Future of Urban Life, published by Harper Wave in 2016. In the book, Rose champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century.

April 04

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Gasson Hall, 100

The State of Sustainability: Boston

The State of Sustainability: Boston

This panel discussion will examine the current status of sustainable
development in Boston through insights from professionals in the
fields of architecture, real estate development, climate change
mitigation and adaptation, and sustainability

April 24

6:00 PM

Cushing Hall, 001

Highlighted Corcoran Center Students & Alumni