Denise Akason is the instructor of the Real Estate Lab-Practicum. She previously created and taught a Sustainable Real Estate Development course, and she was a guest lecturer at the University of Florence, Italy on Sustainable Real Estate Development. Denise also co-instructed the Real Estate Technology course. She has also supervised independent studies related to real estate, and has produced real estate case studies for the Kellogg and HBS case collections. Denise managed the Kellogg Real Estate Center for 11 years.
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, and has served on the Boards of several non-profits. 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.