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Gregory Rideout
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 1996
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 1994

New York / Paris program (1993 - 1994) Co-Director Meredeth Sykes knew Paris like the back of her hand. Our class took weekly walking tours of the Parisian "arrondisements." Ms. Sykes described the development of Paris with great precision and fascinating anecdotes. We felt like we were there when the City was laid out and the buildings were developed. We visited beautiful parks and discovered how the locals used them throughout history. Each walking tour was an adventure that the class greatly anticipated. Our class trip to Le Corbusier's Convent of La Turette and Lyon left us in awe. Lodging at the La Tourette convent and studying scale, repetition, and theory in the spaces designed by Le Corbusier was remarkable.

The MS Real Estate Development class of 1996 was comprised of financiers and architects. The class hailed from around the world. We toured a Millennium Partners development under construction at Lincoln Center. We hosted Real Estate Round Tables, including a panel focusing on the development of the New York Information Technology District in Lower Manhattan. The class learned to calculate residual land value, analyze complex case studies, prepare development proposals, and create intriguing spaces. Professor Michael Buckley shared fascinating stories of properties turned around through creative re-development.

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