Suzanne Lanyi Charles

Suzanne Lanyi Charles's teaching and research examine physical, social, and economic changes in neighborhoods. In particular, she studies redevelopment and gentrification in postwar suburban neighborhoods. Charles has lectured on the topic of suburban gentrification and suburban teardown redevelopment nationally and internationally. Her current research examines how recent immigrants' redevelopment of single-family housing affects the formation and evolution of suburban ethnic communities. Her research has received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, and the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell.

Charles worked as an architect at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris and as a vice president at Booth Hansen Architects in Chicago, and also as a real estate consultant at the Weitzman Group in New York City. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. She received her doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University (2011).

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 3850 Special Topics: Demographic Change and the Built EnvironmentThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of planning. Topics vary each semester. 
  • CRP 5560 Creating the Built EnvironmentReal estate professionals and city and regional planners play a vital role in creating the built environment. Understanding the physical form of real estate, and the rules that govern that form, is critically important if one is to meaningfully engage in the practice of real estate development. In this course, we examine in detail the physical form of the built environment, and students gain an understanding of the principles and organizing strategies that underlie it. We examine the following building types in depth: residential, retail, hotel and mixed use. Students exit this course with a deeper understanding of why the built environment takes the shape it does and the opportunities for innovations.
  • CRP 6580 Residential DevelopmentExplores the residential and commercial-development process from site acquisition through delivery of the finished product. Topics include market feasibility, land planning and acquisition, product selection and design, project financing and feasibility, schedule and budgetary controls, contracting and construction, marketing, and sales activities. Composition of the development project team is discussed. Classes are supplemented by visiting professionals. The course includes a semester-long project based on an actual property and market opportunity.
  • CRP 6594 Special Topics: Real Estate CompetitionsThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to real estate competitions. Topics vary each semester.  

Publications (Selected)

  • "The spatio-temporal pattern of housing redevelopment in suburban Chicago, 2000-2010," Urban Studies 51 no. 12 (2014): 2646–2664
  • "Understanding the determinants of single-family residential redevelopment in the inner-ring suburbs of Chicago," Urban Studies 50 no. 8 (2013): 1505–1522
  • "Artifact review: memorandum of agreement between Rock Chapel Marine and Chelsea, Massachusetts," Journal of Architectural Education, 70 (1): 188–189