Frenchman new head of the MIT Center for Real Estate

Adapted from SA+P's MIT News Story, available here.

Dennis Frenchman, the Class of 1922 Professor of Urban Design and Planning, was been named the new faculty director of the MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE). He assumed the role on July 1.

Frenchman, who serves on the CRE and DUSP faculties, holds dual master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from MIT, where he has taught since 1983. A registered architect, he has a distinguished record of award-winning practice in Boston, most recently as senior principal of Tekuma Frenchman Urban Design, working on large-scale development projects in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. His practice and research focuses on the transformation of cities, and he is an expert with worldwide experience in the application of digital technology to city design. He also helped to develop and launch DesignX, the SA+P entrepreneurship accelerator aimed at ventures related to design and the built environment, and serves as its faculty director.

“We are very excited to have Dennis take on this role,” said Hashim Sarkis, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. “He brings to CRE seasoned leadership skills and bold ideas that will expand the frontiers of research and innovation, strengthen the link between urban design and development, and broaden the international reach of the center.”

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