Entrepreneurship in Real Estate

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In today’s challenging economic conditions, being an entrepreneur is an imperative. And in the business of real estate, it is the norm. The Entrepreneurship in Real Estate course is focused on examining methods and approaches to building a successful real estate business and the different forms it takes.

Learning Objectives

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the entrepreneurial side of real estate development and prepare them for determining efficient organizational forms for their business, appropriate partnership structures for their ventures, and innovative ways at approaching their developments.


Muayad Abbas, UM MRED+U Adjunct Professor

Mr. Abbas is the founder and managing partner of Urbanis Advisors, a real estate development firm that is currently engaged in several projects in the US and the MENA region. Prior to founding Urbanis Advisors, he held a vice president role at the Related Group's international arm, Related International, for its operations in Panama, Colombia, and Argentina, which included the development of mix-use projects valued at an excess of $750M such as the Orient-Express Hotel and Residences. Prior to that, he was responsible for launching a privately-owned real estate development company in Kuwait and grew its portfolio of $180M to more than $500M in assets and pipeline projects. His development strengths are complemented by his previous experiences in architecture and town planning gained by working at world-renowned Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) Architects and Town Planners. He currently sits on the City of Miami Beach’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

Mr. Abbas holds a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Miami.


Course Tuition
Private Sector $ 525
Group (3+ from same company) $ 475
Public Sector/Nonprofit $ 425
Alumni and Faculty* $ 375
UM Students* $ 325

* Student, faculty and alumni must provide copy of ID or class registration.



Upcoming dates TBD


University of Miami School of Architecture

1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Rinker Classroom 


Parking Information

The University of Miami now utilizes Pay-by-Phone 7-days a week. Your registration fee includes the cost of parking in the Yellow Zone, however, you must register your license plate in advance. We will send you a link by email the week of the course.

If you choose to park at a meter, please pay as described on the meter. Do not park at an inoperative meter.  A citation may be issued to a vehicle parked at an inoperative meter.   

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be made in writing seven days prior to the start of the course, and will be made less a $50 processing fee. Refund requests must be made in writing prior to the start of the course. Refund requests will not be accepted seven days prior to the course. You may send a replacement, transfer requests must be made in writing.