Colvin Institute Affiliations

ARES American Real Estate Society

The American Real Estate Society (ARES), founded in 1985, is an association of real estate thought leaders. Members are drawn from academia and the profession at large, both in the United States and internationally. The Society is dedicated to producing and disseminating knowledge related to real estate decision making and the functioning of real estate markets.

The objectives of the American Real Estate Society are to encourage research and promote education in real estate, improve communication and exchange of information in real estate and allied matters among college/university faculty and practicing professionals, and facilitate the association of academic, practicing professional, and research persons in the area of real estate.


Established in 1995, the African American Real Estate Professionals D.C. Foundation was developed to support the advancement of African Americans seeking to obtain career establishment and growth within the commercial real estate industry through education.

The Foundation’s financial support educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support future developers, construction executives, architects, asset managers, brokers, finance, and law professionals in meeting and exceeding their career needs, now and in the future.


Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) is a membership organization founded in 1979 to promote professional opportunities and business relationships for women in the commercial real estate industry.


With nearly 500 member companies representing owners, developers, general contractors, architects and engineers, lenders, attorneys, brokers, title companies, utility companies, community development organizations, and other industry members representing all facets of real estate development, DCBIA's vision is to help make Washington, D.C. a vibrant city, meeting significant challenges to be a livable, competitive, and thriving community for all. Our mission is to lead (be the voice of the real estate development community); build (to enhance the capability and effectiveness of DCBIA members; and partner (with governments, business, and civic organizations to strengthen the city and realize our vision). We are D.C. real estate development. We build leaders, community, economy, and partnerships for our vibrant city through rich programs, networking, and advocacy.

International Council of Shopping Centers

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure, like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors.


Since its founding in 1967, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 18,000+ members and provides strong advocacy, education, and business opportunities through a powerful North American network.

Urban Land Institute

ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, we now have more than 38,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Members say we provide information they can trust, and that ULI is a place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.


Women in Retail Real Estate (WIRRE) is an organization dedicated to creating a collaborative network to promote the success of women within the retail real estate industry. At its most fundamental level, WIRRE is an organization devoted to women supporting women. Throughout all programs and activities, we offer a professional but relaxed atmosphere for women in all aspects of the retail real estate world, encouraging open dialog and rapport, to learn and grow professionally as well as to expand our network of women in the industry.


HAND is a nonprofit membership association comprised of over 400 organizations working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to collaborate in the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Through education, engagement and regional advocacy, HAND builds the capacity of its diverse membership to support the development of sustainable communities for individuals and families at all income levels.