AMDP | Curriculum

AMDP Title - Curriculum

AMDP | Curriculum

The combination of three on-campus and two off-campus modules provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of core real estate functions, new approaches for leading change, and a broader grasp of strategy, leadership, planning & design, development, technology and finance.


This page features an overview of the entire AMDP program, with details on the Team Project (between terms 1 and 2), Independent Project (between terms 2 and 3), and Electives.

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This consolidated week-at-a-glance is representative of several past AMDP sessions. Topics, times and events are subject to change.

Planning & Design

AMDP TEST - Curriculum - Areas of Focus


The case study method is the primary form of instruction. Participants attend an average of fifteen 90-minute sessions per week in the following areas:

Leading through change, developing high-performing teams, decision-making, succession planning
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Planning and Design
Land use and public policy, urban design, environmental issues, sustainable design and development
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Planning, conceptualization, approvals, public-private development, legal and regulatory issues, marketing and market analysis
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Strategic context of technology, including BIM, GIS, new building systems, processes, and materials
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Capital markets, structuring complex deals, obtaining debt and equity, international finance, investment analysis, REITs
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Market strategy, organizational strategy, corporate real estate, talent management, negotiation, and market cycle timing
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AMDP-TEST Curriculum - Team Project

The Team Project is an academic exercise that employs both professional experience and class learning. Participants are divided into teams and compete to solve complex development problems in real-world locales. Problems for these projects are as diverse as the redevelopment of dying shopping malls in Denver and Los Angeles or brownfield sites on Staten Island to exploring possibilities for the city of Toronto or East Boston waterfront. The project begins during Term 1, and culminates with an intensive design charrette, where teams present their proposals to a jury panel, during Term 2.

Featuring past projects:
Columbia Point, Boston, USA
East Boston, USA
Toronto, Canada
Washington, DC, USA

AMDP-TEST Curriculum - Independent Project

The Independent Project, aka ‘Indy Project’, is a unique opportunity for participants to integrate their new learning from the AMDP with their personal aspirations in themselves, their organizations and/or their communities.

The Independent Project has the following characteristics:

  • Allows the participants to step outside of her/his comfort zone and deal with more complexity and complications than in her/his day-to-day experience and practice
  • Open the possibility to create something new and innovative
  • “Success” depends upon the ability to integrate knowledge from different domains

The Independent Projects are individual projects, but the work will be developed, reviewed, and discussed with two coaches, who will be available to provide advice and answer questions. The Independent Project work takes place between Term 2 and 3, culminating with individual presentations during Term 3 to classmates and faculty.

Featuring past Independent Projects:

Business Plan
Repurposing Factory Buildings
House of the Future
Real Estate Fund

Educational Case Study
Braintrust for the creation of an affordable vertical housing model
Making banks better “Hybrid financial model”
Sharing Economy for University Higher Education

Community Project
Foundation for Chronic Kidney Disease
Organic Sustainable freshness
The Compassion Builder Initiative

AMDP - Curriculum - Elective Week

To satisfy the Electives requirement, participants must complete a minimum of four Elective Units of Executive Education programming at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Programs completed up to 5 years prior and one year after the AMDP also qualify. Electives are intended to provide participants with more in-depth knowledge and expertise in topics not included in the three core AMDP terms. Common elective topics include finance fundamentals and international strategies, leadership, urban retail, hotel development, smart cities, integrated project management, walkable cities, master planning, etc.

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Additional information:

  • All electives must be taken through Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Executive Education office or in our joint program with Harvard Business School. (Please see our current – or enrolling – programs here.)
  • Tuition for electives is not included in the AMDP tuition due to the variety of program options.
  • Elective programs are open to public enrollment and are not exclusive to AMDP participants.
  • Electives are designated with an AMDP unit value on the program page (4 units are required to graduate from the AMDP program).
  • 2-hour virtual workshops are not eligible to count as AMDP electives due to their limited scope.

AMDP - Front Page - Subject to Change

*All schedules, dates, faculty, tuition, administrative arrangements, venues, and teaching modalities are subject to change.