Brook Katzen is the vice president of development for SB-Urban, where he is currently overseeing $200 million of development. Katzen is responsible for all aspects of the development process including concept development, design management, entitlement management, financial feasibility, and project capitalization. SB-Urban is launching a new lifestyle housing product targeting car-free, single-person households in ultra-prime urban locations. The product consists of fully furnished studio apartments with short-term lease flexibility and a range of hospitality services.
Prior to joining SB-Urban, Katzen spent three years as a development associate at The JBG Companies, where he managed the development of multiple urban, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments throughout metropolitan Washington, DC. Before that he served as the director of acquisitions and development for a Dubai-based family office, overseeing all real estate development and investment activities, with a particular focus on luxury hospitality and residential projects, including development of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Dubai.
"My time in Cornell's CRP program taught me to consider the big-picture context of my development projects," says Katzen, "and how they weave into the urban fabric and contribute to an overall diversity of housing product in a given city. A building in an urban context does not stand alone, but rather is part of a complex system of a city."
Katzen is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration and the Baker Program in Real Estate. He serves on the Urban Land Institute’s regional Transit-Oriented Development Council, is an active member of the Cornell Real Estate Council, and serves on the board of directors of DC Greenworks, a non-profit dedicated to workforce development in the areas of low impact development and storm water management.