REIT Center

The NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate REIT Center provides a forum for the study and analysis of REITs, REOCs, and their expanding sphere of influence in the real asset investment category.

April 19, 2023

NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Introduces Ground-Breaking, Student-Run REIT Investment Fund

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Established in 1998, the REIT Center fosters thought leadership to explore and address the trends that are transforming the REIT/REOC sector nationally and globally. The Center encourages this exploration by engaging REIT managers, investors, academics to expand our understanding of the evolving world in which REITs invest. The REIT Center draws from multidisciplinary faculty members at the Schack Institute of Real Estate and other NYU programs, as well as seasoned Wall Street and emerging global relationships. The Center’s key activities include:

  • Create applied research by sponsoring faculty-led, student-supported analysis and discussion;
  • Serve as an educational center for industry professionals by sponsoring conferences and symposia, including the influential annual REIT Symposium;
  • Serve as an educational center for students by hosting academic competitions and study trips; and
  • Encouraging industry engagement by supporting student internships with leading REIT and real asset-related opportunities.

REIT Investment Fund

The Schack REIT Center’s REIT Investment Fund will provide Schack students with an opportunity to apply and integrate real estate institute teachings in the pursuit of investment management experience and results. Funding for the REIT Investment Fund comes from the generous support of REIT Symposium Sponsors. The Fund will invest only in US-listed REITs, Real Estate Operating Companies (REOCs), and homebuilders.

For more information, please click here: REIT Investment Fund or email Scott L. Robinson at  

Leadership Team

Scott Robinson

Clinical Associate Professor

Director, The REIT Center
NYUSPS Schack Real Estate Institute

Mr. Robinson is a senior commercial real estate professional with extensive REIT, bulge-bracket, and middle-market experience in capital markets, investment banking, and credit analysis. Mr. Robinson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the Schack Institute of Real Estate, where he is also Program Coordinator for the Finance & Investment curriculum and Director of the REIT Center. Additionally, Mr. Robinson is a Managing Director and co-head of real estate investment banking at Oberon Securities.

Mr. Robinson’s teaching portfolio currently includes Real Estate Capital Markets and the Applied Project in Finance & Investment. He has previously taught REIT Securities Analysis, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Corporate Finance, Investing in a Distressed Environment, and Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities. His oversight of the REIT Center allows him to introduce graduate students to the dynamic and fast-paced intersection of Wall Street and real estate, through student-generated content and industry events. Current research efforts are focused on logistics; digital infrastructure; affordable housing; and sustainable infrastructure.

Mr. Robinson’s prior positions include being a key member of the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Citigroup, a senior analytical role in the Real Estate Finance Group at Standard & Poor’s, as well as positions at Macquarie Capital (sell-side equity research), Advanced Real Estate Services (acquisitions), and BRT Realty Trust (financing).

Mr. Robinson’s experience is regularly sought by both start-up and seasoned companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of DIRTT Environmental Solutions (NASDAQ: DRTT) and as an investment-advisor to Arialgo (algorithm-driven REIT securities asset management platform) and Market Stadium (residential data analysis platform).

He previously served on the Board of Directors of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: MNR). He also served as advisor, Chairman, and interim CEO of Full Stack Modular, a Brooklyn-based modular construction technology company.

Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Science with dual concentrations in Biology and Economics and a minor in Accounting, from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He also FINRA licensed (79, 63, and 7) and a New York State Real Estate Broker.

Mr. Robinson, a Southern California native and long-time New York City resident, is an avid global traveler, snowboarder, and competitive endurance athlete.

Scott L Robinson

Adjunct Associate Professor

Schack Institute of Real Estate

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