Peter Smirniotopoulos

Adjunct Professor

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail: psmirniotopoulos@seattleu.edu

Peter Smirniotopoulos
Founder & Principal
Petersgroup Consulting and Professor of Real Estate and Urbanism
219 Woodward Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
Email: smirn@msn.com

https://gwu.academia.edu/PeterSmirniotopoulos

Education

JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University, 1981
BA, Georgetown College, Georgetown University, 1978

Specializations

Real Estate Development and Finance
Real Estate Law
Urban Regeneration
Workforce, Affordable, and Mixed-Income Housing
Municipal Finance

Biography

A nationally recognized development strategist, urban theorist, educator, and award-winning author, Professor Smirniotopoulos has over 38 years of hands-on experience in corporate finance, deal structuring, and transactional analysis; public finance and other government funding sources and strategies; public outreach, advocacy, strategic thinking, and organizational analysis; and the full range of project development, planning, design, and financing for large-scale residential, mixed-use, mixed-income, and affordable and workforce housing projects. He has held executive positions in private-sector real estate development companies; is the founder and principal in a national consulting firm; served as an Associate Attorney, Senior Associate, and Partner in Washington, D.C. transactional law firms; and as a senior public official in the redevelopment and housing authority in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Professor Smirniotopoulos is also a Real Estate Contributor to Forbes, and in November 2019, received an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, joining the Department of Urban Planning faculty and teaching in the College's graduate real estate certificate program.

Professor Smirniotopoulos has taught in graduate real estate master's degree programs--at Johns Hopkins University; his alma mater, Georgetown University; and in the Real Estate Concentration in the MBA program at The George Washington University School of Business-since August 1999. Additionally, from 2014 through 2018, Professor Smirniotopoulos was Adjunct Professor of Real Estate and Urbanism in the Finance Department of the School of Business at George Mason University, teaching upper-level undergraduate courses in real estate finance and real estate development, respectively. Professor Smirniotopoulos is the sole author of Real Estate Law: Fundamentals for The Development Process (Routledge, NOV 2016), and served as the Research Director, Lead Author, and Project Manager for a research study (June 2014 through March 2015) on conflicts of interest in commercial real estate transactions for the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis ("CREUA") at The George Washington University School of Business. Professor Smirniotopoulos subsequently published Who Represents the Tenant in Commercial Real Estate Transactions? in March 2015. Professor Smirniotopoulos is also a Forbes.com Real Estate Contributor.

At the end of June 2018, Professor Smirniotopoulos and his wife relocated from his lifelong hometown of Washington, D.C. to the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they are undertaking a whole-house renovation of their newly acquired, 1870's single-family historic home. Professor Smirniotopoulos holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Publications

Books

Smirniotopoulos, Peter E., Real Estate Law: Fundamentals for The Development Process (Routledge, NOV 2016). https://www.routledge.com/Real-Estate-Law-Fundamentals-for-The-Development-Process/Smirniotopoulos/p/book/978113879098

Book Chapters (Refereed), Selected for Publication 2017

Smirniotopoulos, J.D., Peter E., and Dean D. Bellas, Ph.D, "Understanding the Greek Economy: How a Small Country Has Influenced Global Financial Markets," Handbook Of Global Financial Markets: Transformations, Dependence, And Risk Spillovers, World Scientific Publishing (2017)

Book Chapters (Non-Refereed)

"Financing Acquisition, Development, and Construction (Chapter 3.)," Residential Development Handbook, Third Edition, ULI Development Handbook Series, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., 2004 (ISBN-10: 0-87420-918-8)
https://uli.bookstore.ipgbook.com/residential-development-handbook-products-9780874209181.php

Professional Journals, Industry Periodicals, and Commissioned Reports

Smirniotopoulos, Peter E., Who Represents the Tenant in Commercial Real Estate Transactions?, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, The George Washington University School of Business, Washington, D.C., March 2015.
https://www.academia.edu/11351622/Who_Represents_the_Tenant_in_Commercial_Leasing_Transactions

Smirniotopoulos, Peter E., Conflicts of Interest in Commercial Real Estate Transactions: Who Represents the Tenant? Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, The George Washington University School of Business, Washington, D.C., November 2014, https://www.academia.edu/9488812/Conflicts_of_Interest_in_Commercial_Leasing_Transactions_Who_Represents_the_Tenant

Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Creating a Campus Neighborhood, Section Author, ULI Point Park University Advisory Services Panel Report, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Spring 2008

"Walking the Walk: The public sector leads by example with pioneering projects that exhibit smart growth," Journal of Housing and Community Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C., November/December 2003

"Matriculation Reloaded: University town centers can fuel local economies," Urban Land, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Vol. 62, No. 10, October 2003, https://www.academia.edu/10364539/_Matriculation_Reloaded_University_town_centers_can_fuel_local_economies_

"Housing Echo Boomers: Student housing is revitalizing surrounding neighborhoods," Urban Land, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Vol. 62, No. 10, October 2003

"Smart Growth and Affordable Housing in the United States: An uneasy romance," Canadian Housing, Vol. 20, No. 2, Fall 2003

A Master Planning Process for Downtown, Editor, ULI Birmingham City Center Advisory Services Panel Report, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., November 2002

"Viewpoint: What the 2000 Census says about sprawl and the future of American cities," Planning, American Planning Association, Vol. 68, No. 10, October 2003

Engaging the Private Sector in HOPE VI, Contributing Editor, an Urban Land Institute Report Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., May 2002

A Reuse Program, Editor, ULI Homestead Air Reserve Base Advisory Services Panel Report, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., May 2002

"Valuing the Public Sector's Contribution to Public/Private Partnerships: The HOPE VI experience," HOPE VI Developments, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C., Vol. 50, February 7, 2002

"Transforming More Than Just Public Housing," Multifamily Trends, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall Meeting Issue 2001

"The Meaning of Place," Urban Land, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Vol. 60, No. 3, March 2001. http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/2001_MeaningPlace.pdf

"Maximizing Opportunity: New Smart Growth Strategies for the Atlanta Region," Urban Land, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Vol. 59, No. 11, November/December 2000.

Evaluation of the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Program and Recommendations for a Long-Range Conceptual Plan, Section Author, ULI Ft. Meade RCI Advisory Services Panel Report, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., Spring 2001

Regional Economic Development for Hartsfield International Airport and Vicinity, Section Author, ULI Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport Advisory Services Panel Report, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., November 2000

"Demystifying Asset Management: A Guide of LHAs," Journal of Housing and Community Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C., September/October 1999

A Strategy for Community Revitalization of the Northeast Neighborhood, Section Author, ULI Northeast Kansas City, Kansas Advisory Services Panel Report, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., July 1999

"Alternative Approaches to Public Housing," Journal of Housing and Community Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C., July/August 1996

"Uncommon Architecture for Commonplace Buildings," Investment Properties International, Merk Publishing Company, New Haven, CT, November/December 1989

"Letters of Intent: More Than a Gentleman's Handshake?" Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal, CCIM Institute, Chicago, IL, Winter 1989