The prestigious London Business School have appointed a real estate academic as their Dean. Francois Ortalo-Magne is joining them from University of Wisconsin where he was a Professor of Real Estate before becoming Dean of the business school there. Professor Ortalo-Magne was also at LSE which has quite a specialist MSc in Real Estate Economics and Finance. His research interest and expertise has been mainly in housing economics and finance rather than commercial real estate. LBS have run an elective module – Real Estate Finance – for quite a while now. At UCL, I used to get a few LBS students taking my Real Estate Investment module as an elective. It’ll be interesting to see whether they try to expand their offer in this area.