A team of RICS student members from the Real Estate master's program at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies (Washington, D.C.) recently won the top prize in MIT's 2014 CASE Competition.

The winning team in front of the London Bridge.  (Nicole Snarski, Damon Orobona, Mark Schrieber, and Jamie Minkler)

MIT is short for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a leading institution of higher education in the United States. The annual competition, hosted and organized by the Alumni Association of the MIT Center for Real Estate, challenges teams to analyze a complex real-world development site. 

The preliminary round, with 48 teams from around the world, took place on February 11, 2014 in Boston, MA. Semifinalists who successfully passed the first round were invited to make their presentations at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London on March 27, 2014. The Georgetown team and other finalists from two top ‘Ivy League’ universities - Harvard University and Columbia University - showcased their ideas before judges and a live audience at London City Hall on March 28, 2014 as part of the MIT Real Estate Forum. 

The winning Georgetown team was comprised of RICS student members Jamie Minkler, Damon Orobona, Mark Schrieber and Nicole Snarski, master's degree candidates at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies located in Washington, D.C. 

Georgetown University’s success in winning this international competition is a just reflection of its growing emphasis on international real estate. From an RICS perspective this is a great fit, and the Institution is working closely with the university to align the emerging leaders of the profession coming through its courses with global standards, best practice, and our outstanding network. Congratulations to our RICS student members, who have set an international benchmark for others to follow.
We’ve been working with Georgetown programs and courses for some time and realize that this is one of the premiere International Real Estate programs in the region. Having worked closely with professors and alumni, it comes to no surprise that they’ve won a prestigious award like MIT’s The CASE 2014. We are proud that these students were all RICS student members and we will continue to forge strong connections with students at Georgetown and other leading universities in the Washington, D.C. area to promote international best practice and RICS standards among the next generation of Real Estate professionals.
The CASE 2014 competition was a great experience and we were happy that we could test our skills among other students from respected universities. Participating in the event proved to be a great networking experience where we met real estate students from around the world. Now that the event has passed, the four of us would like to take the opportunity to parlay the knowledge we’ve gathered from this experience to work on other projects together in the DC region and perhaps abroad one day.

Note: Nicole Snarksi works for HFF, Damon Orobona for Miller, Miller & Canby, Mark Schrieber for Torti Gallas, and Jamie Minkler for BF Saul.

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