Real Estate Development in Africa Case Study

On Wednesday, WASA held the third event of its WASA Speaker Series. Gary Lapera, of Michael Graves & Associates, led a discussion on real estate development in Africa.

The talk focused on the process and the outcome of projects in Cairo and Dakar.

Growth in emerging markets has changed not only the economic landscape, but also the built environment.  Architecture and development should be a holistic process in which innovation is driven by necessity and reality, not vanity.  This site-specific strategy is particularly applicable in Africa, which requires a nuanced approach to real estate development.

WASA is a student-led club of the Wharton Graduate Association and the focal point for Africa-related activities at the Wharton School. Our members are MBA students from Africa, as well as students interested in the continent. Building on the strengths of its diverse and strong community of members, WASA offers a variety of educational and cultural events, career and networking opportunities, and academic support to its members.