The mission of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate is to advance thought leadership in the field of real estate by generating influential research, educating the next generation of leaders, and providing meaningful forums for industry professionals and policymakers. Through its various activities and programs, the Center employs a multidisciplinary and global approach to addressing the most critical real estate challenges facing our society today and in the future.
The UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, a joint center of UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA School of Law, was formed with a mandate to create and administer UCLA's activities surrounding the topic of real estate. The Ziman Center has three overarching characteristics:
- It is firmly grounded in the research and teaching missions of UCLA Anderson, UCLA School of Law and UCLA as a whole;
- It draws upon faculty and departments throughout UCLA, including management, economics, law, public policy, urban planning, engineering, architecture, and geography to fulfill its goals; and
- It is tightly coupled to the real estate community it was established to serve, with a special emphasis on California and the center's growing global mandate.
The impetus to establish a new real estate center at UCLA Anderson School of Management was the result of the innovative vision and dedication of John S. Long. In fall 2001, the Center was renamed in recognition of the generosity of Richard S. Ziman, who established its permanent endowment. In fall 2005, the Center was reconstituted as a campus-wide center of both UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA School of Law. The Ziman Center currently enjoys the leadership of a 21-member Founding Board comprised of influential leaders from the real estate industry.