Howard Ways III, an experienced professional and educator, has been named director for Philadelphia University’s new M.S. in Real Estate Development program launching in the fall.
Over the past 20 years, Ways has worked as an architect, planner and real estate developer. He managed over $960 million in mixed-use real estate development and capital improvement projects and taught at Catholic University of America, Morgan State University and most recently Georgetown University.
Ways grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended Temple University as an undergraduate student of architecture.
“Philadelphia provides an ideal balance of historical and contemporary real estate development, urbanity and drivable suburban settlement patterns from which to learn from,” said Ways, who also earned a master’s in city and regional planning from Morgan State and attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
PhilaU’s M.S. in Real Estate Development program will focus on preparing students to address economic, social and ecological issues when developing commercial, industrial, institutional and residential real estate projects in the 21st century. Faculty members who are industry experts will provide real-world insights to sustainable practices, legal aspects of land-use, city and regional planning, construction science and management. Collaborative projects, case-study analysis, on-site visits and real-world projects will provide experience in the development process, from market analysis and valuation, while enabling students to build a network of professional contacts.