REIT Center

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NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate 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.


The Center and its scholars:

  • Explore the property market, economic and capital market trends that are influencing REIT investment decisions globally.
  • Analyze technological trends that are disrupting the capital markets and influencing the way in which we use real estate.
  • Collaborate with industry experts and leading academics to offer insight for how REIT managers and investors may capitalize on these trends.


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.

Message from Leadership

Scott Robinson

Clinical Assistant Professor NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

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 Assistant 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, REIT Securities Analysis, and the Applied Project in Finance & Investment. He has previously taught Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Corporate Finance, 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.

Mr. Robinson’s prior professional 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). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: MNR), Full Stack Modular, and YCrib.

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 ultra-distance mountain bike racer. 

Scott L Robinson

Clinical Associate Professor

Schack Institute of Real Estate

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