KGD Architecture proudly collaborated with the winning team from George Mason University in the NAIOP Capital Challenge, an annual intercollegiate real estate case study competition organized by the NAIOP DC|MD Chapter. GMU students from the M.S. Program in Real Estate Development competed against teams from graduate-level real estate development programs at Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Program; The Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development at The University of Maryland; The Kogod School of Business at American University; and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Teams tackle a “real life” case study that focuses on a development/redevelopment project in the Washington, DC, suburban Maryland metropolitan area. Consultant sponsor firms from supporting disciplines help the teams to develop their solutions.

George Mason University students ‒ guided by KGD Architecture (architect), Penzance (developer), Coakley & Williams Construction (construction), Bohler Engineering (civil engineering), Savills Studley (broker) and PNC Real Estate (financier) ‒ captured the 2018 grand prize scholarship of $10,000.

The KGD team was led by Henry Mahns, Principal and Bruno Leiva.



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