The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School has forged a new partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), one of the most respected real estate think tanks and member organizations in the nation. Headquartered in Washington D.C., ULI is the premiere organization for real estate developers. The Real Estate Center at A&M has replaced Rice University as ULI Houston chapter’s academic partner.

Center Director Gary Maler says this sort of relationship has been his goal for the Center for many years. The partnership will be valuable to the center as it will allow for closer relationships within the development community, as well as to the organization as the center provides them with the latest market research.

The purpose of the center is to improve decisions about real estate; a purpose that Maler says will be advanced through this new partnership. The two groups recently sponsored their first annual Forecast Conference in Houston. More than 530 real estate professionals attended.

Maler will also now serve as a member of ULI Houston’s executive committee.