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Custom Global Programs

Custom programs for clients worldwide

Areas of Focus

Current and Past Clients

Harvard GSD Executive Education designs and delivers custom programs for public- and private-sector clients worldwide. We co-design the program with the client in an intensely collaborative process that drives superior outcomes in the span of a few days. Together we solve critical problems in the built environment, and leverage our faculty’s unique expertise on topics ranging from city planning, affordable housing, transit, waterfronts and real estate development to architecture, smart building materials, healthy cities, waste management, water infrastructure, project management, heating/cooling and energy.

Our instructors are leading Harvard faculty who work together with expert practitioners in the field, building program content featuring both real-time issues and solutions and leading-edge global research. Through a combination of case studies, group exercises, team projects, lectures and discussion, participants are put through a rigorous learning process that catalyzes implementable outcomes.

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Areas of Focus

The following represents a sample of the possible areas of focus of a GSD Executive Education Custom Program:

Architecture and Design

  • Value creation through architecture and urban design
  • Designing schools, labs, clinics and emergency rooms of the future
  • Designing hotels, urban retail, and public spaces
  • Climate adapted design
  • New building materials and techniques

Urban Planning

  • Master planning
  • Transit systems – planning implications
  • Housing for seniors
  • Affordable housing
  • Redensification
  • Smart cities, connected cities
  • Healthy Cities

Real Estate

  • Real Estate Finance
  • International Real Estate Investing
  • Deal structures and PPPs
  • Mixed-Use Developments


  • Infrastructure finance
  • Integrated project development
  • Mega projects – airports, city centers, business districts
  • Waterfronts and ports

Leadership and Strategy

  • Organizational leadership and alignment
  • Leading through change and crises
  • Strategy and tactics

Selected Current and Past Clients

Past Clients Include:

  • American Architectural Foundation
  • Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
  • Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU), Medellin, Colombia
  • General Services Administration (GSA) — Public Buildings Service
  • The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas / Bahamas National Trust
  • INFONAVIT, Mexico
  • International Real Estate Business School, Universitat Regensberg, Germany
  • Jeddah International College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM)
  • National Health Service (NHS), United Kingdom
  • Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Pudong New Area Personnel Bureau, Pudong, China
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Stantec
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • US Conference of Mayors