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James Cody Birkey, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Project Manager

As a project manager in B&D’s Southern California office, Mr. Birkey acts in a strategic development advisory role for a number of higher education institutions. He has played a central role in issues regarding real estate development strategy and public-private partnerships, addressing financial and strategic frameworks across varied asset types. Mr. Birkey has led studies utilizing benchmarking, comparative analytics, predictive market and demographic analyses, physical and financial feasibility analyses, capital planning, deal structures, strategic visioning, and related contextual program innovations.

Prior to joining B&D, Mr. Birkey worked for a major developer in Boston and New York, primarily dealing with financial analyses, strategic positioning, and deal structuring for private-sector property development. He was responsible for evaluating and visioning complex property assets with multiple revenue types including housing, general retail, retail dining, and community functions, ranging from $12 million to $244M million in total costs.

Mr. Birkey was a graduate of Harvard University’s masters program in real estate economics and finance. Among other achievements, he was awarded the Ferdinand Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for superior academic achievement in his field, and graduated with Distinction. He currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board at the Harvard University Real Estate Academic Initiative. He is also a member of the American Economics Association, World Economics Association, American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Certified Planners, and Urban Land Institute; and also serves on the board of several social justice nonprofits.

 

Education 

MDes Real Estate Economics and Finance (Harvard University)

B.Arch. (University of Oregon)

B.A. International Development (University of Oregon)

CERTIFICATIONS / associationS 

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional

US Green Building Council, Member

American Institute of Architects

Registered Architect: MA

American Planning Association (APA)

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Harvard REAI Alumni Advisory Board

American Economics Association (AEA)

World Economics Association (WEA)

Boston Society of Architects (BSA)

Christian Community Development Association

Urban Land Institute

Work Completed

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