The Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization (HREAO) Webinar Series :

Missing Middle Housing – Expanding Housing Supply and Creating Walkable and Integrated Communities by Expanding Housing Types

The HREAO Webinar Series invites real estate industry experts to lead an interactive forum on specific top-of-mind topics and to share their perspectives on the real estate sector—including various trends, strategies, and insights, as well as to answer your questions. 

Sponsored by the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization

Date :  Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Time :  10:00AM - 11:00AM PST / 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Advance registration on HREAO's website required.  

Event Fee: $15.00 

Location : Join Zoom Webinar.  Meeting ID and Password will be shared after Event Registration. HREAO Webinar Link via Zoom

Please join the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization for a webinar exploring the design concept of “Missing Middle Housing” and how it can be used to expand housing supply and create integrated communities.  Missing Middle Housing describes a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units (e.g., duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts, and multiplexes)—compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes—located in a walkable neighborhood.  

Our program will go over the history of Missing Middle Housing, analyze case studies of successful developments, and discuss how Missing Middle Housing can be used in conjunction with other strategies like establishing new urbanist communities.  Our panelists will explain recent academic literature regarding housing affordability discuss how expanding the supply of Missing Middle Housing can help developers provide for-sale housing at middle income price points, and walk through strategies to overcome real-world obstacles such as obtaining community buy-in, amending zoning codes, adapting existing improvements and assembling land and financing.  Our moderator and panelists include a design professional, an academic researcher, a think tank executive, and a strategy consultant.  



Speakers and Bio:

Mitali Ganguly

  • Mitali Ganguly is an associate designer with Opticos Design, the archicture and design firm that introduced the concept of the “missing middle” in American housing. Matali has maintained a commitment to designing beautiful, context-sensitive spaces and places for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. For her, the key to urban design is process: understanding each context in depth in order to create elements that make a place unique. As a project manager, her roster of projects spans the micro and macro—from buildings to neighborhood plans to regional studies and strategies. Mitali has built a reputation as a thought leader in small-scale Transit-Oriented Development, and she has focused recent research on changing demographic trends shaping the suburbs of today—and the future.  Mitali has a Master of Design Studies from Harvard University.  
Jennifer Molinsky
  • Jennifer Molinsky is a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Design. Jennifer manages the Center’s work on housing for older adults and was lead author on the Center’s publications on older adults, including The State of the Nation’s Housing for Older Adults 2018 and 2019. She speaks widely on the importance of suitable and affordable housing for America’s older adults and has written about the role of housing in wellbeing and health in older age. Prior to joining the Center, Jennifer served as Chief Planner for Long Range Planning in Newton, MA; researcher at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Associate Director of Issues at the Municipal Art Society of New York; and as a member of the Planning Boards in Cambridge and Newton. She holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a Masters of Public Affairs-Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and a BA from Yale. 


Kelly Mangold (Moderator)
  • Kelly Mangold is a Vice President based in RCLCO’s Washington, DC, office. Her work is focused within RCLCO’s Urban Real Estate and Community and Resort Advisory Services, where she has had broad exposure to a wide variety of project types including transit-oriented urban developments, suburban master-planned communities, and second-home and resort work.  Kelly is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining RCLCO she was an architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York City where she worked on large mixed-use projects in the United States and abroad.  Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, with a focus on Real Estate and Urban Planning. Her studies concentrated on design and economics of the built environment. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), The American Institute of Architects, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, DC.  
Please register here to participate in the program, which is an exclusive event for members of the Harvard community.  Please note that this event is "off-the-record".