Denise Akason is the Associate Director of the Real Estate Program at the Kellogg School of Management. She has been the co-instructor of the Kellogg-Booth Real Estate Challenge Lab, and will be teaching the Real Estate Lab-Practicum. Denise also created and taught a Sustainable Real Estate Development course, and she was a guest lecturer at the University of Florence, Italy, also on Sustainable Real Estate Development. Denise has also supervised independent studies related to real estate, and has produced real estate case studies for the Kellogg and HBS case collections.
Prior to Kellogg, Denise worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She began her career as a commercial office broker. She was then a commercial real estate lending officer for Mitsubishi Trust. After receiving her master’s degree, she spent eight years in real estate and litigation consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. Denise’s experience has given her the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of property types and financial and market conditions. She also spent several years in residential brokerage and development in the Chicago area.
Denise is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Pension Real Estate Association, the US Green Building Council, and serves on the Board of the Kellogg Real Estate Alumni Club. She has been appointed to the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board, and she is a licensed real estate broker.
Denise received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and her MBA from Kellogg.
Real Estate Lab is an experiential learning course that allows Kellogg students the opportunity to participate in a quarter-long project, working in a research and advisory role on a real estate project for a sponsor firm or organization. Participants will be exposed to a project related to an investment, development, public policy, or another real estate question. Enrollment in the course is by application only.
Real Estate Lab-Practicum (offered in Winter quarter) is an experiential learning course that allows Kellogg students the opportunity to be placed in a quarter-long internship with a local or national real estate firm. Participants will be exposed to the day-to-day working life of the firm, and will assist with their asset selection, due diligence, development, financing or investment efforts. Enrollment in the course is by application only. The sponsor projects for Winter 2019 include: