Christopher B. Leinberger — JC Nichols Prize Jury

The Brookings Institution/University of Michigan

Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, developer, and author, based in Washington, D.C. He is a Professor of Practice and the Director of a new Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan. Leinberger is responsible for providing leadership to the university’s emerging real estate initiative which has been spearheaded by the architecture college and involves the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Law School as well as several other University of Michigan schools and colleges.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C, focusing on research and practices that help transform traditional and suburban downtowns and other places that provide “walkable urbanity.” In addition, he is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a progressive real estate development firm with projects in downtown Albuquerque; Independence, Missouri; Seaside, Florida; and five projects in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Leinberger also spent 20 years as managing director and co-owner of Robert Charles Lesser & Co., the country”s largest independent real estate consulting firm.

Leinberger has written award-winning articles for publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land magazine, among others, and is the author or has contributed chapters to six books. He has been profiled by CNN, NBC’s Today Show, National Public Radio, Progressive Architecture, among others. Chris is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Business School.

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